I don’t use Flickr much any more. I tend to use it for storing images of local interest. Not much more. Typically an image gets about 30 views if I am lucky. A few stalwarts comment and sometimes we stray off topic. My lotus image was a typical case. Until late yesterday evening.
Flickr for some reason e mails me when someone comments on an image or marks it as a favourite. I was bemused to see my inbox suddenly clicking up Flickr notifications like there was no tomorrow. And it continued all night and into this morning. A few minutes ago this is what it looked like on the site:
Er, Explore? What is zees thing called Explore? I still don’t know for sure but it seems Flickr’s black box runs a few algorithms and works out which images are popular that day. Then they go on Explore and lots of people pretend they are impressed and click ‘favourite’ and, like TalariaMoonspell, say congratulations. Well whoop-dee-doop. I am famous. Flickr’s Explore has exploded on me.
What really makes this a nonsense is that not one of these people who were so impressed that they favourited (is there such a word? I suspect not) my lotus bothered to look at any of my other images. None of them showed the slightest movement. Dear old Brian the snail has 34 views, no comments and no favourites. I am nothing if not consistent. What a load of old codswallop.
Am I being churlish? I hope not.
My blog is rather more active than my Flickr account and I take criticism seriously. So much so that I felt I had to do something about the allegation that I had posted a non-compliant dragonfly. The Indigo Dropwing wasn’t indigo. So back I went today, in rain and wind, to try and find a Dropwing that was indisputably indigo. And here it is:
Levi’s blue if ever I saw it. Indigo. I rest my case. I also found another tiny damselfly. This is a Prodasinerura sp. – I am told it cannot readily be identified to species level in isolation. Here is a blow up of the head:
And that is all I have time for today. If you are feeling left out, do hop over to Explode on Flickr and explore the lotus again. You may even meet Ms. Moonspell. In the time it has taken me to write this the view count has gone to 3,998. Go one. Be a devil. Make it 4,000. You know it makes sense.