You remember those naughty yet anonymous pix you and your significant other took and then posted on the InterWebs just for fun? Well, guess what. They’re not anonymous. (By the way, that’s quite an attractive tattoo you’ve got on your, um, personage.)
For that, you can thank Web sites like IsAnyoneUp, which marries allegedly anonymous photos of Netizens caught en flagrante with their Facebook identities. It’s not exactly rocket science; the site asks people to submit pictures and the URLs for their social networking profiles, then publishes the pix alongside screenshots of their Facebook or MySpace pages.
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Frenemies, ex boyfriends with a grudge, or even the subjects themselves can submit photos. Fans of the site then get to weigh in with lewd comments and the usual thumbs up, thumbs down ratings.
That site is definitely NSFW and possibly NSFAWAHC (not safe for anyone with a heart condition). So, sorry, you’ll just have to find it all by yourself.
[ See also: Does Facebook own your friends? ]
Of course, when people put these pictures online, they may want everyone to know how good they look naked. Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill interviewed Hunter Moore, the 25-year-old founder of IsAnyoneUp. He says he gets more than 3,000 submissions a month, and claims only about one out of four people who find themselves on his site ask him to remove their photos, which he then does. (Of course, the other three may just not know about his site.)
“People get popular really quickly once their photos are up there,” says Moore.
But not all of them. The pictures are not all of women, and they’re definitely not all people who should be posing naked anywhere. Some really should be required to wear at least a hospital smock at all times, including in the shower.
And even IsAnyoneUp apparently has some editorial standards. Per the submissions page:
—We will not post—
-IF YOU OR THE PEOPLE IN THE CONTENT LOOK LIKE METH HEADS/CRACK HEADS (coke heads are fine)
-Some gay ass random nude you found and don’t supply a name
Good thing I’m a meth head and not a coke head, or I’d have some ‘splainin’ to do. (That is a joke, by the way.)
The site also screens for photos of underage nudes by scanning their social networking profiles -- fairly lame, given how often people lie about their ages on Facebook et al, but better than nothing I suppose – and turns over any suspicious images to law enforcement.
OK kids, I know you’re tired of hearing this lecture, but: This is why sexting photos to your friends is a bad idea. Eventually, somebody will think it hilarious to save the images and put them online. Someone else will decide to submit them to IsAnyoneUp or one of the other countless “boyfriend revenge” porn sites. And wham – there goes the scholarship to Harvard or that job clerking for Justice Scalia.
If you think I’m exaggerating, read this New York Times story about what happened to 14-year-old Margarite, who sent a semi nude photo to a classmate only to have it go viral.
Today’s moral is pretty simple: Unless you’re in the adult entertainment industry, don’t post nude pictures of yourself online, period. And if you must go the Full Monty in front of a lens, make a it a Polaroid.