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Flickr Commons marks 5-year anniversary with galleries of most-viewed pics

By dpreview staff on Jan 17, 2013 at 02:02 GMT

Flickr Commons is five years old and, to celebrate, Flickr has created galleries of the most viewed, 'favorited' and commented-upon images. The Commons was launched in 2008 with 1500 photos, in partnership with the US Library of Congress. Five years later, with several more partner institutions on-board, the collection of public domain photographs comprises more than 250,000 images. According to Flickr, these images have generated more than 2 million tags and over 650,000 comments. Click the links below to see the galleries of most viewed, liked and commented-on pictures, as selected by the Commons' member institutions. 

Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House, 1970 (US National Archives)

via The Next Web

Click here for Flickr Commons Favorites Gallery #1 Click here for Flickr Commons Favorites Gallery #2 
Click here for Flickr Commons Favorites Gallery #3 Click here for Flickr Commons Favorites Gallery #4

Comments

Total comments: 19
Manttas
By Manttas (Jan 23, 2013)

Why no cats?

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Bram de Mooij
By Bram de Mooij (Jan 18, 2013)

Very interesting collections. Nice to browse some.

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RLJSlick
By RLJSlick (Jan 17, 2013)

Amazing set of photos!

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Jan 17, 2013)

Maybe one of the greatest collections of photos ever put together. Nice work Flickr...

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racketman
By racketman (Jan 17, 2013)

Good thing about Flickr is that many firms browse it for images and I have sold more than enough to justify using it as a keen amateur.

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Jan 18, 2013)

I fully agree. And not only for amateurs
It's the main reason I made flikr/Getty Images my major stock photo site.

It offers income potential and is in my opinion the most richest and most lively social platform for photographers/photography enthusiasts

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Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (Jan 17, 2013)

The most awesome thing about Flickr is not the social part but its API (if you know some javascript) for pulling content out of flickr.

It's truly an under appreciated gem.

Basically just host your images on flickr and link them to your web page. Flickr has a sh1t load of globally distributed servers so you always get a good response rate.

Forget the social aspect and use it as a CDN instead.

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Bluetrain048
By Bluetrain048 (Jan 17, 2013)

This is no comment on the selected images, but :

Flickr is almost entirely a social networking platform. As a photographer, to become distinct from the chaff, you need a strong network of contacts who will like, comment, view and favourite your images.

No matter how good your work, that is the /only/ way to gain any kind of recognition. The real key of flickr is in new users stroking the egos of other users, commenting and favouriting work.. any work.. thus gaining the same in return as payment.

Thus, large swathes of folk who mistake the 'lomo' filter for some talent seem to be rising above other, much more interesting work from people who don't have a network.

If we take flickr as representative of the state of photography, it seems to be fast becoming a hipster, facebook era pastime.

So, that's why I'm sceptical of any 'most viewed' or 'interesting' tags being of any value.

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Tan68
By Tan68 (Jan 17, 2013)

looking through the selected images, you might be right.. of the 250k, i am not sure exactly why some of these should have floated to the top.

they are all either cute or amusing... some are interesting historically.

but i wonder what the other 249,900 +/- are like if these have been, popularly, judged to be the best.

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Jan 17, 2013)

I use Flickr to store photos and as an easy way for friends and family to view them without them coming over my house. Seems like your caught up in the stuff your complaining about. Ha, the irony.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Jan 17, 2013)

all these services are crap... they make money with your images.

if you want to show your stuff create your own website.... don´t use such social media crap.

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Thorbard
By Thorbard (Jan 17, 2013)

Flickr has an advantage over other services that a fair percentage of users pay it to just be a sharing service not supported by advertising etc.

But Flickr is still a social networking website and that is of course its primary use.

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xMichaelx
By xMichaelx (Jan 17, 2013)

Clearly you don't know what Flickr Commons is, and I won't bother to educate you other than to say that many museums, archives, and libraries make their collections partially available there.

By your idiotic rationale, museums are "crap" because they make money on other people's work.

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AshMills
By AshMills (Jan 17, 2013)

Id be amused to see the Flickr top choice searches from the non "Commons"- I bet its not quite so interesting...

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Thorbard
By Thorbard (Jan 18, 2013)

Daily, rather than all time, but still "interesting";
http://www.flickr.com/explore

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Ergo607
By Ergo607 (Jan 17, 2013)

One really wonders why Flickr et al became so popular: the site is hardly any prety and is a pain to browse (more so if you want to look at more than one picture...) I hardly ever visit these sites; too cumbersome...

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ianp5a
By ianp5a (Jan 17, 2013)

Flikr got established early when the competition was weak. They got critical mass that enabled them to become the standard. Popularity has little to do with usability and more to do with who is the "main" player. Just like Windows and Facebook.
Blame the users for flocking to them.

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David Rossberg
By David Rossberg (Jan 17, 2013)

/\ Agreed.

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anyurtan
By anyurtan (Jan 17, 2013)

Congratulations!

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Total comments: 19