I signed into Flickr tonight, and the home page said, "There were 2,024 photos uploaded in the last minute. See more?" It suddenly came to mind that really good sports picture editors can review pictures at a rate of three per second. That means that it would take a little less than eleven and a half minutes to review all the pictures that were uploaded to flickr in that minute, assuming you had a fast enough internet connection and no ADHD.
It's Saturday. By Wednesday, how far behind would I be?
Probably just as well that I'm no good at math.
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A book of interest today:
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Featured Comments from:
Eolake Stobblehouse: "It'll have to wait. I'm still going through the pictures on Picasa."
Tuomas: "Flickr users seem to be a bit like homeopaths: they believe that if you dilute something potent infinitely, the potency is still left in the end."
Kevin Purcell: "2,024 per minute is 2024/60 = 33 per second. You're only 10 times too slow at 3 fps. In four days you'd be behind by 10,368,000 photos. No wonder I only get tens of views for my photos. By the way, Google Calculator is excellent for unit conversion (e.g. '4 days in seconds' gives 345,600 seconds)."
Bob Blakley: "Flickr, for many photographers including myself, really isn't a publication venue. It's a storage venue. Anything I take that I don't just discard (actually, archive without processing) goes on Flickr. That way I have a linkable version of the processed photo which can be used to publish it elsewhere. In other words, Flickr gets my first edit, not my final edit. In the film days, my first edit lived in PrintFile pages in a notebook in my closet. Now it lives on the Internet. The difference isn't that I've become a homeopathic editor; it's just that people can now see my first edit."
Gerard Kingma: "You think 2000 is a lot? Many photographers worry about the alleged dwindling popularity of flickr. It used to be about 4000–5000 pictures per minute just a couple of months ago. Still, I think for analogue photographers such as myself there's a lot to enjoy on flickr: you can browse groups such as 'Hasselblad' or 'Portra' or 'Paper negatives' or 'Film isn't dead, it just smells funny' or 'They shoot film, don't they?' and whatnot. Check it out. It's awesome, but it should be even awesomer, according to the flickr community."