Thursday, 26 July 2012

What is Flickr Explore?

A few times I've been asked what it means on Flickr when one of your photos is "explored".  It seems that more recently, Flickr emails you to tell you your photo has been explored.  That means that it is one of the photos picked that day to go onto pages of "interesting" photos.  Photos that are explored tend to be those that have had a rush of interest when they're first posted so when you're in a busy swap or when you add your photo to several Flickr groups, it seems to have more chance of being explored than if you just drop it quietly into your photostream.



If you go to bighugelabs scout, you can enter your Flickr name and your explored photos will show up.  Click on "include dropped" and more will appear.  Click on "create a scout poster from these images" and you will end up with one of these posters which you can add to your Flickr photostream or store away on your blog for future reference.  It's just a bit of fun really and a chance to take a little moment to pat yourself on the back, which I'm never averse to.

18 comments:

  1. Good to know, but none of my pics have ever been chosen. That's probably because my best photos are marked "Private", at least that's what I'm telling myself.

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  2. hmm...no, you are not appreciated at all. You clearly do not do enough great fabulous work. Better get on that Lynne. Spit spot. Off you go.

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  3. Big huge zero for me - duh!! Fun to know tho.

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  4. Oh you can always tell you've been Explored by the geeks telling you what a fabulous shot you have taken, and them adding 30 pictures in their comment of the girls they have taken pics of - I really like that ;)

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  5. Fortunately I then hit include dropped and felt a little better - I prefer to look on pinterest and see all my (husbands) photo's that have been pinned - that is nice!

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  6. Ohh I had one 'dropped' out photo! I do have a little chuckle at the random people posting on the Explore pics ;-)
    Your Explore pic mosaic is awfully impressive Lynne, but then so is your sewing :)

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  7. Wow, look at your Explore poster! Yippee!!!

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  8. *nods madly with Hadley* God, yeah!! Hate those folk - quilting os SO obviously not their thing! *g*

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  9. Good for you sweetie! I thought about doing this someday, but I'm waiting until I REALLY have a bunch!

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  10. Thanks for telling us how to find out where we've been Explored. I never knew how to find out without scouring Explore every day and haven't had one recently, so they haven't emailed me. That will be a nice change. There were more than I knew about! :)

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  11. Oooh, fun tip. Now I'm off to see how unpopular I am ;o)

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  12. Ooh that sounds like fun I may just pop over and do that =D

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  13. Oh so thats what it is.... I thought it was a special award thingy that Hadley made up ;-PPPP

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  14. Well that was fun! I didn't actually think any of my photos would pop up, but they did! :-)

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  15. Fantastic - I thought I had one but the search is coming up with a big fat '0'

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  16. thanks for that...i had 5!!!

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  17. Thnks Lynne, that was very helpful.... Like some others here I had no idea where to look for things like that.

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  18. Thanks, Lynne. I remember one time when YOU were the one who told me one of my pictures have been "Explored"!

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