Flickr Analytics

Update: Because of newly discovered US Patent Filing of the Interestingness algorithm, attention has been shifted towards the analysis of this algorithm.


  • Analyze the Flickr Interestingness algorithm.


  • Tagging and grouping top 20 images from the Popular-Views, Popular-Favorites and Popular-Comments pages on Flickr.
  • Compare results with images from the various sets via AND / OR operators.

Preliminary Analysis

Top Views = What drives users to click

Related tags:

Top Favorites = What drives users to buy

Related Tags

Top Comments = What drives users to blog

Related Tags:

Top Interesting = Winning formula for market success

All three galleries combined give you the winning ingredients for market success for any advertising campaigns. These sets, as such, double-duty as quick-visual reference for your next photoshoot.

If analyzing my own photographs give me this conclusion, I can only imagine the entire collection of images hosted on Flickr can provide.

I hypothesize that Yahoo is using these data to train an AI (artifical intelligence) algorithm to detect images. And if they aren't, I think that they should. Google literally dominates the text-ad market by indexing every single bit of text available to them, it would be smart for Yahoo to pick a different market segment and become the expert in it.

Most Interesting Images

{"module":"wiki\/image\/FlickrGalleryModule","params":{"userName":"See-ming Lee \u674e\u601d\u660e SML","perPage":"20","sort":"interestingness-desc"}}

Most Interesting Design

{"module":"wiki\/image\/FlickrGalleryModule","params":{"tags":"smlgraphicdesign","userName":"See-ming Lee \u674e\u601d\u660e SML","perPage":"20","sort":"interestingness-desc"}}

Most Interesting Notes

{"module":"wiki\/image\/FlickrGalleryModule","params":{"tags":"smlNotebook","userName":"See-ming Lee \u674e\u601d\u660e SML","perPage":"20","sort":"interestingness-desc"}}

Most Interesting People

{"module":"wiki\/image\/FlickrGalleryModule","params":{"tags":"people","userName":"See-ming Lee \u674e\u601d\u660e SML","perPage":"20","sort":"interestingness-desc"}}


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