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The baffling case of the disk on Flickr

Two posts ago, I posted a link to the disk that was burned with our song selections for last Saturday’s dinner party and which also contained the menu. Since that photo was uploaded – around 36 hours ago – it’s been viewed a total of 786 times, and counting, making this the most popular photo I’ve ever posted on Flickr.

WTF???

I mean, it’s not like it’s a supremely interesting photo, although I’m sure EPI is flattered [he designed the disk]. Another baffling thing is that my blog has only been viewed 579 times over the same time frame, so the viewers can’t be coming through on that link alone.

So where are they all coming from? And what do they find so interesting about a disk with a few rubber ducks on it and a menu written in a bastardized version of Icelandic [and English]?

Any thoughts?

THE SUN IS PEEKING OUT FROM BEHIND THE CLOUDS
I don’t think we’ve seen it in days. It’s been decidedly gray – and mild. Today has been pretty windy that’s ok because temps are reasonable and it’s starting to feel quite warm. Our official First Day of Summer is on Thursday, which is a public holiday here in Niceland, a testament to the importance of summer back in the era of the Old Icelandic calendar [and, indeed, still]. Back then there were only two seasons: winter and summer, hence the rather misplaced official start of the season. It’s a nice tradition, though, and is sort of our version of Groundhog Day – they say that if winter and summer ‘freeze together’ in the night after the First Day of Summer, the summer will be good. Here’s hoping. Current temps 11°C [52F] and sunrise was at 5.30 am, sunset scheduled for 9.24 pm.

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  • Annie Rhiannon April 22, 2008, 5:29 pm

    I was once also baffled by the enormous number of views one of my Flickr photos had, then I remembered I’d tagged it with “naked”. Check your tags.

  • alda April 22, 2008, 5:36 pm

    Nope, I didn’t tag it, so that can’t be it. However, I’ve just discovered a new stats feature on Flickr and checked the stats for that photo – they say the visits are all coming from this site [except for 5], which has me thinking there’s something wrong with my sitemeter…

  • RS April 22, 2008, 5:44 pm

    I read your blog mainly via RSS/Google Reader. Maybe those views aren’t being counted?

  • alda April 22, 2008, 5:46 pm

    RS,
    Don’t you have to click through to the site, though?

  • RS April 22, 2008, 5:58 pm

    Er yes, I only get the text in the RSS feed via Google Reader so, yes, I have to click through to see the full post.

  • Professor Batty April 22, 2008, 7:32 pm

    … and it is stuck at 738! I once had my Flickr counts go crazy for awhile, they settled down after a week or so…

  • alda April 22, 2008, 7:51 pm

    Professor,
    Stuck? – It’s now at 888 …
    So bizarre!

  • hildigunnur April 22, 2008, 8:55 pm

    urrg, all of a sudden Safari can’t read this site 😮 Opera manages fine…

  • alda April 22, 2008, 10:13 pm

    Hildigunnur, something very strange is happening with Wordpress. I’ve not been able to access my admin panel since this afternoon and now I can’t even log in to the support forums. I’ve asked to have my password reset but to no avail. It’s very strange and completely frustrating. I can’t find any kind of support there … the forums are inaccessible and I have no idea what’s going on. Insane!

    Incidentally, I managed to load my site in both Safari and Explorer (I normally use Firefox) and everything was fine except the adsense ads – they didn’t load.

  • digdug727 April 22, 2008, 10:38 pm

    running safari and everything looks fine. btw EPI should be proud of his disc design. very cute and the icelando-english menu was inspired! i really liked the duck graphic.

  • Dankoozy April 22, 2008, 10:38 pm

    its strange what people look at on the interweb, I have a bunch of pics on a gallery [not flickr] and people appear way more interested in some sloppy pics of an opened up phone than the nice ones i took in different countries

    maybe post a few pics of the penis mall with ‘penis, mall’ as tags?

  • alda April 22, 2008, 10:56 pm

    Doug,
    Thanks for the hedzup on Safari. And I’ll convey your compliments to the chef.

    Dankoozy,
    Heheh … no. I may be crazy but I’m not insane.

  • Rozanne April 23, 2008, 4:20 am

    I was going to suggest you check your Flickr stats. When I uploaded that endorsement of Hillary Clinton written in dust on the back of a minivan, it got a ton of hits. I was able to see from the Flickr stats that someone had posted it to Reddit and that that’s where all the hits were coming from.

    BTW: The # of views of the ducky disc is now over 1,000. A mystery!

  • mgb April 23, 2008, 5:13 pm

    I suspect a combination of human and browser behavior – suppose 500 people read your post, but 250 of them click on the link as soon as they come to it – there browser takes them to flickr and they say “oh look, ducks”. Then they hit the back button and return to the post to read the rest of it. They then find out what’s so interesting about the ducks and the cd and click the link to go back again. It’s possible that the return trip from flickr to the weather report doesn’t trigger a page load so your stat counter doesn’t count it, but you get two hits on the picture for one visit to the weather report.

    Just a theory.

  • alda April 23, 2008, 5:34 pm

    It’s the best theory to date! 🙂

  • rob April 24, 2008, 2:04 am

    For what it’s worth, when I click on your little Flickr icon, it doesn’t take me anywhere. Even though I clicked on it about 20 times. But maybe my 20 plus your other 1000 readers’ clicks registered somehow on Flickr.

  • ReallyEvilCanine April 24, 2008, 7:22 am

    Firefox/Mozilla. If scripting is disabled by the NoSCript extension or the page bug is blocked by AdBlockPlus, the visit won’t be tallied by SiteMeter/StatCounter/ExtremeTracking/etc. I expect your domain name is redirecting; if not you should be able to get a much more accurate view count by running some stats program against the raw server logs.

  • alda April 24, 2008, 1:36 pm

    Rob, what Flickr icon? Do you mean the flash badge? That’s strange, it’s always worked for me and I’ve never had any complaints.

    REC,
    Um, I have no idea what you said. Are you saying I’m not getting an accurate visitor count? If I’m not, how can I rectify the situation??