I have been part of the Flickr! community since April 20th, 2005. This was my first uploaded pic:
I started using Flickr as a visual diary, using my mobile phone to document my life as a student. Then I started using Flickr as a storage mechanism, to keep some of my pictures safe from my volatile hard-drive. From there onwards I have used Flickr to show-case some of my more professional photography. All in all my Flickr account now hosts all of the above means of taking, saving, and sharing images.
I added the flickr stats application to my account to see how active I have been within the flickr community and what kind of exposure I have had thus far. Based on the numbers my exposure has been quite little so I tried out a variety of functionalities to test if I could increase the popularity and exposure of my Flickr account, and alas, it worked.
To become a popular Flickr’r, similar rules to that of blogging apply. Being pro-active is the main rule. I started looking at galleries on Flickr and began commenting and favoring those images I really liked. This resulted in other community members clicking on my avatar and starting to comment back on my images.
I also started adding those community members to my profile resulting in my images to show up on their Flickr homepage and vice versa.
Flickr stats also shows that most referrers come within the Flickr community:
Then I found the winning formula: Groups. There are a gazillion groups on Flickr and they are the key for ones images to become popular and noticed. Every image should be added to a group, some images to a variety of groups - the result is astounding.
This graph clearly shows that with the advent of starting to add new contacts, commenting on other peoples pictures, tagging, and adding my images to groups, has drastically increased my Flickr viewer ship:
Not only has it increased my profile activity, but more and more comments are being submitted.
Some might ask what the value in this might be, but I’d argue that the same values apply to that of blogging. For those who like to show-case their pics on Flickr the viewer-ship matters. Some try to build their traffic on their blogs to voice their opinion, some do the same so that their images are noticed.
All this ultimately means that one needs to be highly pro-active within the Flickr community to rise and shine, just as in any other social media community.
These are the all time most favorite images on my account. Note, that the most popular is not even mine, but a screenshot I hosted there. My goal is to get this list filled with my best images by actively working them into the Flickr community.
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