Since the popularity of photo-sharing sites exploded, the lives of snap-happy citizen journalists have been there for the lurking. And like the experience of Robin Williams' tragic photo developer in One Hour Photo, happy family photos offer the perfect escapism from an unpleasant reality. ...
Perhaps the photolurkers aren't entirely to blame. Some photographers are posting their most private moments online, without any password protection, for all the world to see. It's not as if lurkers are hiding behind a bush taking pictures at your family gathering.
—"Online snappers told to beware 'photolurkers," The Guardian, January 23, 2007
The growing phenomenon has been created by the boom in photologs which allow people to share pictures online with family and friends.
Anonymous visitors are also looking at the images in cyberspace but choose not to leave any messages behind in the optional message boards.
—Kim Pilling, "New obsessions as web users snoop on family albums," Press Association Newsfile, January 22, 2007
—Richard Fisher, "Just can't get e-nough," New Scientist, December 20, 2006