Flickr Explores

Flickr Explore is where Flickr chooses 500 photos per day to show the variety of photos posted daily to the site. As I understand it there is actually a lot more than 500 and maybe as many as 2000. They are chosen by using an algorithm, (sort of computer program with different criteria, such as how many views a photo has had, how many comments, etc..), which is unknown to those outside, and is known by the term “Interestingness”. This is nothing to do with a photograph being pleasing to the eye, good composition, good lighting or any other photographic skill or merit, just a sort of cross section of the previous days photographs and sometimes video uploads.

When first using Flickr this a goal that a lot of people have, including myself, and is an achievement that you can tick off. However it is soon realised that as it is a computer that is choosing so they are not necessarily the best of the day in human taste terms, but what the algorithm deems to be the most interesting. This can be very frustrating to some people who are uploading excellent well crafted work to Flickr, to find that their photographs are not chosen for Explore, but it is definitely a reflection of their work, as I can vouch for. You will see some excellent photography there, but also some dire things. You can see what I mean if you look at Flickr Explore.

That being said, there is one real benefit of Explore, and that is that more people get to see your work. So to this end it is a sort of free advertising. This enables people to look through the photographs and choose the type of subject they like or are interested in and follow that persons photostream. The higher the position your photograph is in Explore means more people see it. If it is on what used to be called “The Front Page” which is approximately 15 – 20 photos, you are more likely for people to see it. Most people will not scroll through to the end due to boredom, or more often being sidetracked when seeing a photo they like and following it through.

In the caption I have given the title of the shot, the date it was Explored, and the highest position it achieved. I have numbered them from the first Explore up to the current date. Up to 30th July 2016 I have had 107 Explores on Flickr.

No 107 - One man and his Fuji - 30.07.16 - #90
No 107 – One man and his Fuji – 30.07.16 – #90
No 106 - Now, this is what we call the lens - 19.07.16 - #111
No 106 – Now, this is what we call the lens – 19.07.16 – #111
No 105 - Really Happy - 09.07.16 - #100
No 105 – Really Happy – 09.07.16 – #100
No 104 - Café Plum - 23.06.16 #84
No 104 – Café Plum – 23.06.16 #84
No 103 - She's noticed something interesting - 11.05.16 - #72
No 103 – She’s noticed something interesting – 11.05.16 – #72
No 102 - A Free Ride - 14.05.16 - #97
No 102 – A Free Ride – 14.05.16 – #97
No 101 - In Pristine Condition - 24.04.15 - #132
No 101 – In Pristine Condition – 24.04.15 – #132
No 100 - Free Beer - 22.04.16 - #234
No 100 – Free Beer – 22.04.16 – #234
No 99 - It's wet - 15.04.16 - #30
No 99 – It’s wet – 15.04.16 – #30
No 98 - They ran out of chalk - 29.03.16 - #199
No 98 – They ran out of chalk – 29.03.16 – #199
No 97 - Another smile for me - 18.03.16 - #46
No 97 – Another smile for me – 18.03.16 – #46
No 96 - Oblivious - 17.03.16 - #185
No 96 – Oblivious – 17.03.16 – #185
No 95 - The Best Reaction - 21.02.16 # 49
No 95 – The Best Reaction – 21.02.16 # 49
No 94 - Me? - 11.02.16 #50
No 94 – Me? – 11.02.16 #50
No 93 - Eye to Eye - 01.02.16 - #262
No 93 – Eye to Eye – 01.02.16 – #262
No 92 - Read the Expression - 25.01.16 - #437
No 92 – Read the Expression – 25.01.16 – #437
No 91 - Don't think she wanted a kiss - 16.01.16 - #253
No 91 – Don’t think she wanted a kiss – 16.01.16 – #253
No 90 - Back to Back - 06.01.16 - #78
No 90 – Back to Back – 06.01.16 – #78
No 89 - Using the Sun... - 24.12.15 - #77
No 89 – Using the Sun… – 24.12.15 – #77
No 88 - Polishing the Shoes - 15.12.15 - #220
No 88 – Polishing the Shoes – 15.12.15 – #220
No 87 - The Grey Army - 04.12.15 - #118
No 87 – The Grey Army – 04.12.15 – #118
No 86 - Checking the Footie Results - 25.11.15 - #120
No 86 – Checking the Footie Results – 25.11.15 – #115
No 85  I am being watched  07.11.15  #169
No 85 – I am being watched – 07.11.15 – #169
No 84  Someone pinched his iPad  28.10.15  #110
No 84 – Someone pinched his iPad – 28.10.15 – #110
No 83  Something has drawn my attention  18.10.15  #304
No 83 – Something has drawn my attention – 18.10.15 – #304
No82 Drinking Alone 05.10.15 #97
No 82 – Drinking Alone – 05.10.15 – #97
No 81 Getting her shot 14.09.15 #299
No 81 – Getting her shot – 14.09.15 – #299
No 80 Capturing the Old Timers 08.07.15 #157
No 80 Capturing the Old Timers 08.07.15 #157
No 79 The Eyeball 18.06.15 #44
No 79 – The Eyeball – 18.06.15 – #44
No 78 Waiting for a Bath at the Baths in Bath 30.04.15 #44
No 78 – Waiting for a Bath at the Baths in Bath – 30.04.15 – #44
No 77 A day of Busking over 08.04.15 #113
No 77 – A day of Busking over – 08.04.15 – #113
No 76 One More Thing 27.03.15 #300
No 76 – One More Thing – 27.03.15 – #300
No 75 Just let us finish our coffee 06.03.15 #125
No 75 – Just let us finish our coffee – 06.03.15 – #125
No 74 - Pretty in a Group - 24.01.15 - #281
No 74 – Pretty in a Group – 24.01.15 – #281
No 73 -  Military Transport -  25.10.14 -  #71
No 73 – Military Transport – 25.10.14 – #71
No 72 - Curious - 19.10.14 - # 257
No 72 – Curious – 19.10.14 – # 257
No 71 - Accompanying The Lady with the Shades - 19.10.14 - # 488
No 71 – Accompanying The Lady with the Shades – 19.10.14 – # 488
No 70 - Lonely Lunch - 18.10.14 - # 190
No 70 – Lonely Lunch – 18.10.14 – # 190
No 69 - Something in your eye? - 17.10.14 - # 358
No 69 – Something in your eye? – 17.10.14 – # 358
No 68 - Cool Shades - 17.10.14 - #179
No 68 – Cool Shades – 17.10.14 – #179
No 67 - Watching You, Watching Me - 12.10.14 - #457
No 67 – Watching You, Watching Me – 12.10.14 – #457
No 66 - Posed for another - 10.10.14 - #405
No 66 – Posed for another – 10.10.14 – #405
No 65 - She got the shot - 07.10.14 - #348
No 65 – She got the shot – 07.10.14 – #348
No 64 - Admiring the light in her eyes - 07.10.14 - #497
No 64 – Admiring the light in her eyes – 07.10.14 – #497
No 63 - Coming through the crowds - 01.10.14 - #342
No 63 – Coming through the crowds – 01.10.14 – #342
No 62 - Coffee Lovers - 02.08.14 - #128
No 62 – Coffee Lovers – 02.08.14 – #128
No 61 - The Greggs Advertiser - 31.07.14 - #84
No 61 – The Greggs Advertiser – 31.07.14 – #84
No 60 - Keep hold of the keys - 30.07.14 - #252
No 60 – Keep hold of the keys – 30.07.14 – #252
No 59 - Old Dears off into the sunset - 26.07.14 - #360
No 59 – Old Dears off into the sunset – 26.07.14 – #360
No 58 - Police? Someone's pinched my motorbike - 25.07.14 - #482
No 58 – Police? Someone’s pinched my motorbike – 25.07.14 – #482
No 57 - Digital Teachings - 25.07.14 - #46
No 57 – Digital Teachings – 25.07.14 – #46
No 56 - The Choirgirl - 24.07.14 - #440
No 56 – The Choirgirl – 24.07.14 – #440
No 55 - The Pied Piper - 23.05.14 - #309
No 55 – The Pied Piper – 23.05.14 – #309
No 54 - Love is... - 22.05.14 - #394
No 54 – Love is… – 22.05.14 – #394
No 53 - They must be brothers - 21.05.14 - #282
No 53 – They must be brothers – 21.05.14 – #282
No 52 - Power of the Masses - 19.05.14 - #169
No 52 – Power of the Masses – 19.05.14 – #169
No 51 - The Beauty in The Hat - 18.05.14 - #328
No 51 – The Beauty in The Hat – 18.05.14 – #328
No 50 - Shooting Grandma - 17.05.14 - #235
No 50 – Shooting Grandma – 17.05.14 – #235
No 49 - You make my toes tickle - 16.05.14 - #223
No 49 – You make my toes tickle – 16.05.14 – #223
No 48 - No more shopping, please. - 15.05.14 - #112
No 48 – No more shopping, please. – 15.05.14 – #112
No 47 - Peter & Noel #12 & #13 100 Strangers - 14.05.14 - #285
No 47 – Peter & Noel #12 & #13 100 Strangers – 14.05.14 – #285
No 46 - On top of the r, or asleep on the d - 09.05.14 - #267
No 46 – On top of the r, or asleep on the d – 09.05.14 – #267
No 45 - The Tattooist & Piercer - 08.05.14 - #235
No 45 – The Tattooist & Piercer – 08.05.14 – #235
No 44 - Does that look like the place where they sell those nice cookies? - 08.05.14 - #185
No 44 – Does that look like the place where they sell those nice cookies? – 08.05.14 – #185
No 43 - Good girl, you looked up! - 10.03.14 - #137
No 43 – Good girl, you looked up! – 10.03.14 – #137
No 42 - Hello there - 09.03.14 - #16
No 42 – Hello there – 09.03.14 – #16
No 41 - He knows I'm here - 07.03.14 - #30
No 41 – He knows I’m here – 07.03.14 – #30
No 40 - Sit a while and smoke - 07.03.14 - #432
No 40 – Sit a while and smoke – 07.03.14 – #432
No 39 - You can't see me smoking - 06.03.14 - #207
No 39 – You can’t see me smoking – 06.03.14 – #207
No 38 - Next Please - 03.03.14 - #236
No 38 – Next Please – 03.03.14 – #236
No 37 - Intense Conversation - 02.03.14 - #103
No 37 – Intense Conversation – 02.03.14 – #103
No 36 - St Davids Day - 01.03.14 - #413
No 36 – St Davids Day – 01.03.14 – #413
No 35 - You're not funny anymore! - 28.02.14 - #237
No 35 – You’re not funny anymore! – 28.02.14 – #237
No 34 - Pretty and the Puffer - 27.02.14 - #73
No 34 – Pretty and the Puffer – 27.02.14 – #73
No 33 - Where there's a habit... - 26.02.14 - #364
No 33 – Where there’s a habit… – 26.02.14 – #364
No 32 - The Shot - 26.02.14 - #75
No 32 – The Shot – 26.02.14 – #75
No 31 - The Fingers - 25.02.14 - #5
No 31 – The Fingers – 25.02.14 – #5
No 30 - This is what I said - 24.02.14 - #369
No 30 – This is what I said – 24.02.14 – #369
No 29 - Rollin' next to the tree - 23.02.14 - #101
No 29 – Rollin’ next to the tree – 23.02.14 – #101
No 28 - Don't be frightened... - 22.02.14 - #277
No 28 – Don’t be frightened… – 22.02.14 – #277
No 27 - The Record Seller - 25.12.13 - #433
No 27 – The Record Seller – 25.12.13 – #433
No 26 - The Saint! - 23.12.13 - #333
No 26 – The Saint! – 23.12.13 – #333
No 25 - Suffering for your art - 22.12.13 - #165
No 25 – Suffering for your art – 22.12.13 – #165
No 24 - Discover Something New - 21.12.13 - #392
No 24 – Discover Something New – 21.12.13 – #392
No 23 - Romans in Cardiff - 18.02.13 - #148
No 23 – Romans in Cardiff – 18.02.13 – #148
No 22 - Caffeine stops you sleeping - 18.12.13 - #222
No 22 – Caffeine stops you sleeping – 18.12.13 – #222
No 21 - Watching - 15.12.13 - #278
No 21 – Watching – 15.12.13 – #278
No 20 - The Lions of Pontypridd - 14.12.13 - #218
No 20 – The Lions of Pontypridd – 14.12.13 – #218
No 19 - Goodies in Ponty - 13.12.13 - #296
No 19 – Goodies in Ponty – 13.12.13 – #296
No 18 - Taking a Rest in Pontypridd - 12.12.13 - #130
No 18 – Taking a Rest in Pontypridd – 12.12.13 – #130
No 17 - Rolling Up - 29.11.13 - #217
No 17 – Rolling Up – 29.11.13 – #217
No 16 - We're Happy - 28.11.13 - #384
No 16 – We’re Happy – 28.11.13 – #384
No 15 - I'm Here - 22.11.13 - #262
No 15 – I’m Here – 22.11.13 – #262
No 14 - Layer of Lilies - 23.07.13 - #242
No 14 – Layer of Lilies – 23.07.13 – #242
No 13 - 2 Locks - 20.07.13 - #208
No 13 – 2 Locks – 20.07.13 – #208
No 12 - Sunrise From Our Balcony - 18.07.13 - #96
No 12 – Sunrise From Our Balcony – 18.07.13 – #96
No 11 - Refreshed - 14.07.13 - #281
No 11 – Refreshed – 14.07.13 – #281
No 10 - Walking to School - 21.06.13 - #485
No 10 – Walking to School – 21.06.13 – #485
No 9 - The Veins - 01.06.13 - #322
No 9 – The Veins – 01.06.13 – #322
No 8 - Solitude - 24.05.13 - #356
No 8 – Solitude – 24.05.13 – #356
No 7 - The Face - 21.05.13 - #208
No 7 – The Face – 21.05.13 – #208
No 6 - Yo Daisy - 15.05.13 - #361
No 6 – Yo Daisy – 15.05.13 – #361
No 5 - Yellow in the Hedgerow - 14.05.13 - #411
No 5 – Yellow in the Hedgerow – 14.05.13 – #411
No 4 - Pleasant Purple - 12.05.13 - #397
No 4 – Pleasant Purple – 12.05.13 – #397
No 3 - Snowdrops - 02.03.13 - #173
No 3 – Snowdrops – 02.03.13 – #173
No 2 - Hot Rod - 14.08.12 - #227
No 2 – Hot Rod – 14.08.12 – #227
No 1 - Orange Burst - 11.08.12 - #448
No 1 – Orange Burst – 11.08.12 – #448