February 11th – Explored!

White Bottlebrush (Callistemon salignus)

No you are not seeing double. This is yesterday’s photo re-posted. A really cool thing happened today.

Today the amazing Flickr Explore-bots stumbled across my photo, deeming it worthy of their showcase selection among some terrific photographers and their pictures of grandiose castles, ice crystals formed on a twig, fast flowing rivers, neon city lights from cities across the globe and, um, trains … lots of trains.

What does that mean? A photo I post to Flickr would usually be ‘Viewed’ 100 times in a week, by followers of my photo’s and visitors to the groups I add my photo’s. The Callistemon salignus above has been viewed over 2000 times in the last 6 hours, and counting.

Look, it’s not like winning a prize or anything, but it’s a good way to show your photo to a very broad audience, quickly.

One theory of how this upload was different to previous photo’s is that I received a ‘Comment’ within seconds of posting. Comments are considered to be one ingredient of the puzzle that is the Explore algorithm.

There are many theories to being Explored, this Flickr user gives many suggestions and links to possible explanations of the Explore process. But like all good conspiracy theories, none of this can be genuinely proven as fact.

At the end of the day, it’s reward for taking a good photo. So just get out there and start shooting!

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