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Achieving Interestingness

Posted by Melanie Phung on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 10:31 pm

More about Flickr…
Today I was doing a vanity search and found a this on the fourth page:

I had just seen the Flickr Explore page and my name certainly wasn’t on it. So why would this page come up for a query on my name? Could it be? Did one of my photos make it onto the Explore homepage without my knowing it? Did Googlebot then crawl that page during that fleeting moment before the photo dropped back into obscurity? Yep, according to Google’s cache of the page.

Check it out yo — That’s my photo!

Melanie Phung's photo on the Explore page

Which also explains the high number of “favorites” the photo got soon after I posted. A ton of people saw the photo highlighted, were predisposed to mark it as a favorite, which played into a self-reinforcing cycle. After the initial high ranking, however, the photo has been dropping down the Interestingness list, where it will soon hang out in obscurity like my other photos, alas.

A fun case study in how Flickr’s Interestingness algorithm works, though. Not to mention the serendipity of Google caching the version with my photo on it, and then my finding it in the SERPs before the cache got overwritten at the next crawl.

What a wonderful thing Google cache is.

Go to Google’s cache of the Explore homepage or directly to the photo — if you have any interest whatsoever in my little self-congratulatory indulgence, that is.

Comments (3)

Category: Flickr,Images,Navel-Gazing

3 Comments

Comment by BaskingShark

Made Tuesday, 26 of September , 2006 at 10:46 pm

Congratulations!! I can’t believe the number of things that all had to work in concert in order for you to write this post. Of course, it would be totally impossible if you weren’t so obsessed with both Flickr and Googling yourself. ;)

Comment by Paul drago

Made Wednesday, 27 of September , 2006 at 1:50 am

actually Ms. Melanie, I enjoy that photograph….

…but that may be because I really enjoy coffee and pool….

Comment by Melanie Phung

Made Wednesday, 27 of September , 2006 at 4:39 pm

“Of course, it would be totally impossible if you weren’t so obsessed with … Googling yourself. ;)

uh… professional hazard?

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