Flickr Interestingness

I was intrigued why Flickr says that an image I posted of an old Isuzu truck in Bangkok counts as my “most interesting” photo. It’s had 23 views in five days, no Favourites and no comments.

According to Flickr, these are my top ten interesting pictures:

No Views Comments Favourites Posted Days Views/Day
1 23 0 0 28-Jun 5 5
2 42 5 2 02-Jun 31 1
3 37 1 2 30-Jun 3 12
4 30 2 0 04-Jun 29 1
5 22 6 0 31-May 33 1
6 23 0 2 06-Jun 27 1
7 129 1 1 18-Jun 15 9
8 68 5 0 18-Jun 15 5
9 36 7 0 25-Jun 8 5
10 17 3 1 04-Jun 29 1
(I’m experimenting here with pasting a table from Microsoft Excel 2007 into a WordPress post. It works, but it isn’t pretty.)

I looked at what Flickr defines as interesting on page http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/

It says:

There are lots of elements that make something 'interesting' (or not)
on Flickr. Where the clickthroughs are coming from; who comments
on it and when; who marks it as a favorite; its tags and many more 
things which are constantly changing. 

Interestingness changes over time, as more and more fantastic
content and stories are added to Flickr.

That does not tell me much! It looks like Flickr is keeping it a secret, like the way Google do about the way they rank sites. Why? Do photographers try to game Flickr’s interestingness? Really!

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One Response to “Flickr Interestingness”

  1. GB-in-TH Says:

    Nearly a month later it’s STILL the most interesting. It now has a whole 57 views since June 28th but no favourites.

    #2 is a Police Toyota Vigo truck – http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianfuller/3675371644/ with 90 views since May 31st.

    I definitely don’t get their algorithm.

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