Flickr: What's the deal with the "You are ...'s newest contact" emails?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Al Dykes, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Al Dykes

    Al Dykes Guest

    As a new Flickr user, I've gotten a few "You are ...'s newest contact"
    messages and I've deleted them. I don't do "social networking".

    I have a hard policy against unsolicited messages, in general. It gets
    deleted unless there is a damn good reason to read it.

    Today I get a comment on a photo that is actually intelligent and it's
    from someone that also sent me a "You are ...'s newest contact"

    What are they and what are they good for?

    I don't want to appear to be impolite to the guy.

    Al Dykes, Jun 10, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    Ummm, Flickr is actually all about socially networking, that is why you tag
    photos, so others can find them. If you don't want to do the social thing
    then don't use tags and just ignore the contacts. I use Flickr but not for
    the social thing as well except for people I actually know.

    Pete D, Jun 10, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    I use several of the free image hosting sites. I use one for eBay
    image hosting, one for hobby images, and one for family images. I
    recently added Flickr in order to link to some photos for another
    newsgroup (not for photography).

    It seems that those "contacts" are people who have indicated that
    they'd like to be informed whenever you add new images. They have
    enough interest in your stuff to want to see new work, and Flickr
    seems to inform them when you add something.

    I have one "contact", and he's a regular poster to the newsgroup where
    I posted the first link. He's quite sane, he's not involved in any
    multi-level marketing schemes, he's financially better off than I am
    (he owns an airplane and often links to his aerial photographs), he's
    not the son of an Nigerian oil official who is trying to dispose of
    $72 million, and has never suggested that I buy any drugs or devices
    that promise to offer any improvements. He's never contacted me by

    Evidently, he happens to like the images I post.
    tony cooper, Jun 11, 2008
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    m II Guest

    tony cooper wrote:

    As spokesman for the countless sons of Nigerian oil officials who are
    trying to dispose of $72 million (and MORE), I must take offense at your
    stereotyping. The vast majority of us are honest, caring people who
    merely need help in dispensing the funds in a loving, compassionate
    manner. Won't you help, rather than hinder? Please, send the needed tax
    payments/bribes for the officials/bank fees/handling charges now. We are
    here to help.

    Mailing address to follow.

    m II, Jun 11, 2008
  5. Al Dykes

    tony cooper Guest

    I apologize for my rude portrayal of your family, but I do wonder why
    you keep getting on airplanes. It would seem that you would learn
    that if a rich Nigerian gets on an airplane, it will crash. And why
    does it never occur to you to set-up offshore accounts and write a
    will before you book a flight?
    tony cooper, Jun 11, 2008
  6. Al Dykes

    m II Guest

    We honestly don't know what more we can do. Sally Struthers *MAY* be
    available next year, but her fund raising efficacy may be somewhat
    diluted by now.

    m II, Jun 13, 2008
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