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MM feature: Private Albums

Sharing helps make this world a better place. But let’s be honest, sometimes it’s important to keep things for yourself or just share with a select group of friends.


Photo: Epona, Model: Tatiana Temptation

Model Mayhem is now giving you this option with your photos – private albums. The intent here is to give members the option of making an album of photos only visible to a select group of people—and you select what group that is.

Why would you want such a feature? Perhaps you are currently collaborating with a small group on a shoot that you’ve just done. With a private album you can invite those involved in the shoot to give open and honest feedback about the photos without worrying that they’ll be seen by everyone in the universe. Or perhaps you’d just like to share a select group of photos with only MM members rather than the random looky-loo. In either situation, making an album “private” enables you to limit the types of people seeing the photos inside.

How does it work?

Setting up a new folder and making it private:

  1. From your MyStuff page, click on the link to Manage Photos
  2. Near the top of the page, you’ll see a link for Organize Photos
  3. On the Organize Photos page, in the upper right is a link for New Album
  4. Assign a name to your new folder
  5. Click the Private check box and then select which group you’d like to give access to:
    1. Members only  – only people signed in to their MM profiles will be able to view the photos.
    2. Friends only – only those listed as your friends will be able to view the photos.
    3. Password – you’ll be asked to create and confirm a password.  You can then distribute this password to those you’d like to have access to your folder.
  6. Click Create and you’ll see your new folder listed on the left hand side of your Organize Photos page
  7. Simply drag and drop the photos you’d like to be in this folder
  8. When you are done, click Save Changes

Making an existing folder private:

  1. From your Organize Photos page, click on one of your albums
  2. At the top of the set of pictures you’ll see the Privacy Options link
  3. Select which privacy option you’d like (see #5 above) and click Update

You can select a photo to represent your private album but this will only be visible to the group that has access to that album, otherwise viewers will see a generic album representation with an indication of who can view the album (e.g. Password Protected).

Who can use Private Albums?

The ability to make an album “private” is only available to Premium and VIP members. If you would like to use this feature you need to upgrade your account.

Premium members are allowed 1 private album and VIP members are allowed unlimited private albums. In either case, a private album still counts towards the total number of albums allowed based on your tier, and the photos within those albums still count towards your tier allotment.

This feature is the start of a set of features we hope to build to further enable collaboration right here on MM. If you have other ideas, please feel free to let us know in the Site Related Forum.

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