Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.
I took this photo a little over three years ago. Quite honestly, I'd forgotten about it. It was just a bit of a joke shot. Imagine my surprise when I signed on to a travel blog yesterday and found it staring back at me. It seems that Gadling discovered the photo on Flickr and decided to use it for this post – Valentine's Day Help for the Clueless.
It's not that I have a problem sharing my photos, though I did turn off Creative Commons sharing on Flickr just last month. So why did Gadling decide to use my photo? It shouldn't have shown up on a search for photos available for use.
I suppose I could get all excited about it, but I'm more curious. Is this a matter of Flickr failing to adhere to my settings to prohibit sharing or is it just another media company swiping photos from Flickr. To their credit, I got a link at the bottom of the article attributed to “Flickr user wbeem”, so that'll bring in lots of business.
While I enjoy Valentine's Day as much as anyone else, it also happens to be my father's birthday. Sadly, he's no longer with us, but he's always with me. Happy birthday, Dad.