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Flickr is getting weird - Dan the Serene
April 27th, 2010
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Flickr is getting weird
I have 478 photos on flickr. All of them are public, none of them have tags. A typical day will get as many as 10-12 views, certain photos are popular enough to start waves of viewings so I have had days of 50 or 60 views, but that's still unusual.

On April 15th I had 956 views. Almost every photo was viewed twice, except for two viewed three times and one viewed five times. Doing the math shows a handful weren't viewed at all that day.

After that day, it was back to normal until April 22nd. From the 22nd through the 27th I have had between 463 and 475 views per day. Today's sweep hasn't started yet. I am in the process of converting all of my photos to friends only for awhile to see what happens to the numbers.

Is this happening to anyone else?

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From:jsewell
Date:April 28th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)

Bot

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It's probably an automated bot making a copy of publicly-accessible flickr content. You may be able to figure it out by looking at the analytics under the Referrers section of "Your Stats".
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From:dantheserene
Date:April 28th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Bot

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That was my conclusion.
The referrers are all "Unknown".
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