Interestingness and Clustering

Over on the href="http://blog.flickr.com/flickrblog/2005/08/the_new_new_thi.html">FlickrBlog, I just posted about some href="http://www.flickr.com/explore">cool new features which help
you surf through the giant waves of photos that are getting uploaded to
Flickr: ‘ href="http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting">interestingness‘, a
way of discovering what Flickr users are paying attention to — and
therefore, because our users have such good taste, what’s good :) — and
‘clustering’ a way of delving deeper into tags you’re interested in.
It’s easier to show than to tell, so here are some examples: href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/love/clusters/">love, href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/terror/clusters/">terror, href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/nose/clusters/">nose, href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/bush/clusters/">bush, href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/cameraphone/clusters/">cameraphone.

Both interestingness and clustering rely a lot on what people are
doing, whether it’s with the photos they like, or the tags they are
using. You can think about it as people-powered searching. Check it out
on Flickr’s new explore page
(or href="http://blog.flickr.com/flickrblog/2005/08/the_new_new_thi.html">read more on the Flickr blog).

Stewart Butterfield

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