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I choose the public option for all my albums in Picasaweb, these mostly (>90%) contain pictures of my children which I share with my family. Ever so often somebody I don't know adds me as a favorite, at current count I have 7 people in my fan list (non of whom I know) and only three of them have any public albums.

Is this creepy? I take care not to upload any pictures that may attract perverts

What would you recommend, private by default or continue with public?

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You can share private albums on Picasaweb by sending your friends the unlisted link to the album and not posting it anywhere online. If it somehow does get into the hands of people you'd rather not see it, you can reset the unlisted link. –  humble coffee Dec 4 '09 at 2:41

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private - never disclose more than needed. after all, what for ? why would you ?

you wouldn't go about giving photos of your kids to strangers in the street, right ?

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My theory on this is pretty much the same. If in doubt, make it private. If the album truly contains stuff I don't care about then, meh, whatever. The only time I would explicitly want to make stuff public is if I was promoting my photography business and the like. –  JMD Dec 3 '09 at 20:51

im a mom. i raised two great kids. yet i just dont get all the hyperconcern that "some bad person somewhere on earth" might see a picture of a kid. so what? do you put a bag over them when they go outside? after all, outside is unregulated. why, anyone happening by can actually -- gasp -- see your kid.

people, on the net they dont even know who the person in a photo is. i get so tired of unreasoning and endless, vague fears on the part of society. in special cases, sure, but in general? what exactly is it you think might happen? jeeze.

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I have a particular problem with having to be constantly nagged to do something I simply don't want to do by an impersonal company. I can't access my own photos without yet another box forcing me to find the 'x' (sometimes it doesn't show up) to close. Why can't companies with so many users simply add on opt-out? More to the point, why do they feel the need to pretend concerns about privacy are not worth recognising? I happen to be a teacher and the last thing I want is students accessing photos. I read Google's FAQ page- with all my marks and a new baby this week (:)) the last thing I want to do is waste more time jumping through hoops just to appease a business. Thankfully I'm not in China anymore or else I could get into serious trouble with the photos that appear from my anti-regime blog. And then where does it end? Will I be unable to read the NY Times without more links to Google or Blogger getting in the way a la Facebook?

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Congratulations! –  Motti Dec 28 '10 at 9:16

This is the main reason I'm still with Flickr, which allows you to select individual PHOTOS within an album as public/private. I'm frustrated that in Picasa, ALL photos within an album are public or private. In my case, within a photo album (say, of a holiday trip), I'll make the generic ones public while the ones with family members private. I really wish Picasa would implement this relatively basic feature.

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As soon as your pictures are publicly visible you lose any control over what happens to the pictures, how they are used or in what context or in what form or state of modification. You can't change your mind later, as people might have copied them to somewhere else. You most likely won't have legal remedies either as the internet is international and offending parties may be anywhere in the world.

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"You can't change your mind later, as people might have copied them to somewhere else." Quoted for emphasis. This applies to any content you make public online, including blogs, news article comments, etc. –  Miss Cellanie Dec 4 '09 at 0:02

Keep in mind that ANYTHING you put online, is retained. So making something private is not just a good idea, but a smart way to keep photos from getting into where they shouldn't - technically.

As it was said, if you worry about private photos getting into the wrong hands, don't post them online, private or not, its ONLINE.

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i don't store photos of private nature that i don't want strangers to see on the internet, public or otherwise. even private accounts are not safe (and most certainly not with the notorious 'doers of good', who happen to own Picasa).

but then, that's just paranoid old me.

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although i have much more faith in google, than pretty much anyone else - even they did have a few lapses regarding making private stuff public accidentally and so ... i won't even start about other (facebook, myspace, ... your choice). so yes, nicely put. –  ldigas Dec 3 '09 at 21:02

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