If You Build It, the Spammers Will Come

Yesterday someone I didn’t know favorited one of my Flickr photos within minutes of my uploading it. The fast response was itself suspicious. When I went to look at their photos to see who they were, the photos were, well, probably just this side of what Flickr would remove as porn. The favoriting was clearly a ploy — probably automated — to get me to go look at their images. (No, they didn’t seem to be selling anything, but I didn’t stick around to find out.)

Sigh. Actually, I’m surprised it has taken this long for the yuk factor to find a way into Flickr.

Reminds me of a science fiction story I read many years ago — with Marconi’s first radio transmission, Earth started sending out radio messages that attracted some sort of unintelligent but voracious radio-wave-eating beings. Since electricity generated the waves they liked (magnetic waves? radio waves?), once they found the earth not only all radio and TV transmission became impossible, but so did all electricity, since these parasites ate it as soon as it was generated. Any time anything in the internet world becomes popular, the sleaze factor starts eating it.

UPDATE: a friend at Flickr tells me they call these “Flickr flashers.”


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