Yes, really, Frank. There is rather large group of people on flickr who are only interested in numbers and they work hard to get them. These are the people that roam the largest and most popular groups and fave every photo they can find. They also follow as many people as they can, because often when you follow somebody they will follow you right back. All this ensures an amazing number of views, faves and comments. Personally I avoid these people like the plague.
repete7 wrote in post #18418276
I wonder if he's using a bot? But I like his stuff. I wouldn't buy a print or anything like that, but it is pleasant to scroll through.
BTW, Flickr popularity is not a good indication of photo quality. Here's my highest rated photo taken with the SL1 At Dog Park
. I missed the focus, it's noisy, the bokeh looks weird, and the lighting is flat. But it's got over 16,000 views. Go figure.
I don't think popularity at any place, be it flickr or facebook or wherever is much of an indication of anything, to be honest. Like you I've had pics in Explore that were mere snapshots but generated thousands of views, hundreds of faves and what have you. And then quality shots are just visited by the few contacts that I have. I know a few world class bird photographers on flickr that generate little traffic to their photostream but they couldn't care less. They have better things to do.
Charlie wrote in post #18418285
jeeze, I didnt know you can follow that many on flickr. Instagram sets a limit of 7K you can follow. Following 72K is kind of outrageous.
Yes, you can. You can also have an insane amount of faves. It's often discussed in the help forum, as many people hate those that hunt for numbers, but I don't think flickr can do too much against it. Or maybe doesn't want to. I'm not on Instagram but that 7K limit is a good thing!