January 31, 2009

Today, I uploaded a bunch of pics to my Flickr account that had been collecting on my hard drive for a while. They’re just odds and ends that I never got around to adding to my account.

Since I’m on the subject of Flickr, I want to rant a little 🙂 What, me rant? Yeah, I know it is *so* uncharacteristic, but there is something that has been annoying me . . .

If you know me very well and are a Flickr user, you are probably aware that I have been mostly inactive on Flickr for quite some time. This last batch of photos are the first I’ve uploaded since the end of last month, and that pic was the first I had uploaded since September 1. The thing is, I am still getting people who are adding me as a contact on Flickr, and it is happening fairly frequently. Gee, are these people going through all my old pics and adding me as a contact in the hopes that I will return and once again add more stunning pics :p to my account? While I might like to deceive myself into believing that, the answer is a pretty emphatic “no.” When I check out the profiles of these people, I see that they have 1000, 2000, or more contacts.

This is just something that really gets me. I mean, to me, you add someone as a contact because you want to keep tabs on that person’s pics, but that isn’t how it’s being used by these people. They’re relying on reciprocity so that people will add them and they will get more views. It’s entirely self serving.

The problem is, I always go ahead and add them as contacts. I made a decision when I first began that I would reciprocate with anyone from SL because I wanted to foster the idea of an SL community. But what they’re doing—adding tons of people, in all likelihood without checking any of those people’s streams—doesn’t help create a community at all, in my opinion. They aren’t adding people because they appreciate what those people have contributed. They’re just after numbers.

Anyway, I’m done ranting. For those of you who *do* know me and are interested in what I’ve done, I hope you like the pics. I didn’t do anything to them other than cropping, so don’t expect art, but it will give you a glimpse in what SL has been for me over the past several months.

Love you all, and hope to see you in world soon! 🙂

Spending time with Caoilin and God’s son. Good times . . .



  1. Very good to see you here again 🙂

    As for the Flickr thing, I know exactly what you mean. I get the same thing. I’ve adapted my strategy because of it. I go look at the pictures that these people have and if I like them enough to want to see their new ones then I add them otherwise I refuse to reciprocate anymore, unless it someone I actually know from SL. Pity that we have to doubt some people’s motives, but I guess they have the right to make Flickr whatever they need it be to them, just so long as they aren’t offended if I don’t play. I doubt most of the notice ;o)

  2. /me rushes over to give you a hug

    I too have this happen all the time. I have a rule that if the person hasn’t commented on or favourited even one of my pics, I don’t even go and check out there stuff. If they have, I take a look and then make a decision based on what I see. The worst ones are the accounts that are just for advertising a product – they really do add everyone they can find. I’d love to know if it actually adds to their sales figures at all.

    Anyway Chloe – I was delighted to see new pics from you come up in my contacts page – even if the one of you in pink is very disturbing!

  3. I should just add a me too here and be done with it, but I’m feeling a bit wordier, I guess. 🙂 My policy is identical to Phoenix’s when it comes to whether or not I add someone on Flickr who has added me. Also, while I was so happy to see new shots from you over there, I’m not sure the grid is ready for Barbie Chloe. Be gentle with us please. And I do hope to see you around in SL again some day soon!

  4. Thanks, everyone! What is funny is right after I posted this, I received yet another message informing me that someone had added me as a contact . . .


    And I’ll spare you all Barbie Chloe . . . for now. I really think you’re all just jealous of her, though 😛

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