why my videos will be on vimeo

So almost as quick as I started a YouTube account, I’m abandoning it. Well, not exactly, but I’m not going to be posting a lot of recent videos there. You see, I’m concerned about privacy, and about my children. Now, it may seem that personal blogging and privacy are pretty much at odds with each other, but when it comes to my kids, I feel that I should be more cautious than I have been. So I’ve been thinking of a privacy ‘best-practice’, if you will, regarding images and videos of my kids online. How should I manage my kids’ online presence?

Some Thoughts:

1. Random strangers shouldn’t be able to easily find my kids’ images or videos.

This means that you won’t be seeing videos here on the blog. Sorry. I get enough random hits from all over the world that I need to change how I use this space. If I put videos on YouTube, they are essentially open. I know there’s a privacy feature, but it’s limited to 25 friends, which doesn’t work for me. Vimeo lets me specify exactly who I want seeing what video. As their tagline goes: “Because everyone shouldn’t see everything.”

My spaces for safely adding random strangers are twitter, pownce, and virb.

2. If we know each other, you should be able to access images and videos without major hurdles.

For this reason, I’m going to put the current 5 videos on Facebook, and the rest on Vimeo. I’m pretty much only adding people that I know on Facebook, or that I’ve started some kind of meaningful conversation with. And I’ll be letting them know about Vimeo too. Thankfully, it’s dead easy and super fast to sign up on Vimeo, so it shouldn’t be too much of a hurdle. Facebook for the current 5, Vimeo for the complete archives.

I’m also transitioning my children’s pictures onto Facebook as well, and will keep my kids’ Flickr site family and friends only. This way everything’s a little more protected.

3. My kids’ videos shouldn’t show up next to NSFW or inappropriate content. A “G” rating all around would be appropriate.

Another strike against YouTube. I can’t control what shows up around my kids videos when you view them on the page.

4. What’s done is done.

I’m not going to go back and remove all the pictures that I’ve previously posted here, as I think that would seriously compromise the blog. But as time marches inexorably onward, and as the kids are at an age where they are changing month by month, I’ll be ok with those old pictures being on here.

I hope I’m not being paranoid. I would like to think that honesty and openness are still commodities that are traded here. And I would like to believe that there are more good people than bad people in this world. But I just need to be a little more careful, for my own peace of mind.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Normally, I would say don’t worry about it. Use photographs that are profiles, silhouettes, or too distant to lead to much recognizability(is that a real word?)

    However, because you blog under your real name(I’m assuming), it’s probably wise to limit visibility. If someone really wanted too, they could find you and your family.

    You could blog anonymously….but that would mean starting over.

    You could view it as no different than if you were a public person, such as a columnist. Those people are just as vulnerable.

    However, knowing the weirdness of the web, go with your gut.

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  2. Posted by divine.conspiracy on 2007/08/21 at 8:35 AM

    I think you’re absolutely right, I should view it as if I were a public person, and limit my exposure, so to speak. Or my family’s exposure.

    I think recognizability is a real word. đŸ™‚

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