Imagine my excitement when I discovered that this photo that I took of my friend F.’s beaded knitting (orange pashmina that’s soft-soft-soft) made it into flickr.com’s Explore: the top 500 photos of the day. And from what I can discern, there are approximately 3000 images uploaded to their site every minute! At least, those are the stats every time I log on. From what I understand, flickr.com is the largest online photo storage service around. Accounts are free up to 250 photos. Try to upload the 251st and it’s time to pay! ($24.95/year) Once you upgrade to the ‘pro account’, there is no limit to the number of photos you can upload.
There’s this nifty little tool on a flickr-related site, Big Huge Labs, called Scout. In a matter of moments, Scout identifies which, if any, of the photos belonging to a specific account have made it into Explore. The photo above ranked #89 on November 20, 2007.
Another cool thing you can do with Scout is make a poster of your Explore-ranking photos. Here’s the one I made with my first six Explore photos as soon as I found out that I’d been granted membership into this very cool club!