Monday, July 03, 2006

Contacted by Strangers

I don't deal well with fame. A few years ago we achieved a small level of local recognition by doing some stuff that nobody, up until then, had done before. We thought it was cool so we did it. Then complete strangers spontaneously started saying stuff like, 'Oh, you're skribe,' and that really weirded me out. Thankfully everyone has long forgotten what we did and I'm only bringing it up now because I'm being weirded out again.

Complete strangers are adding me to their contact lists on Flickr. Now, sure contacts are just like bookmarks, but these strangers have been adding me as a friend and that's what's weirding me out. I've never even spoken to these people. They've never even left a comment. Just BANG add to contact list and check the friends box. Even that's not what's really got me weirded out. For some of them I'm their ONLY contact.

Now I don't mean to sound all cranky and standoffish, I'm sure these people are perfectly nice and once I get to know them we could be best friends. However, if you're going to do something like that introduce yourself first. At least leave a comment. After all, if I were to walk up to you in the street, smile and say 'you're my friend' you'd probably run a mile. Even with my charming good looks.

8 comments:

azza-bazoo said...

Maybe it's like the MySpace technique - add as many friends as you can to make your profile page look cool? If so, you are but a pawn in the games of attention-seeking kids!

P.S. good work with getting JOOB a Blogger account ;-)

skribe said...

As I said, for some I'm their only contact. It's just freaky.

JOOB says "Blue eskimo."

teddlesruss said...

sowaddidudoo?

skribe said...

The usual: saved the world.

Chris said...

Well, on Flickr, adding a contact is a good way to keep track of new photos from someone. So it's not like a declaration of love, it's just a handy tool.

I added you as a contact after I saw your bubble-bath in the fountain photo.

skribe said...

It wasn't you, Chris. You haven't added me as a friend anyway. I took it you were just bookmarking me. It's happened before and I have no problem with that. It was some others who added me as a friend. Being their only contact really creeped me.

BTW, I'm glad you liked the fountain. Are you sure it's not a declaration of love? =)

teddlesruss said...

You're secretly Bruce willis?

skribe said...

Korben Dallas Harry S. Stamper. That's me.