How many photos on Flickr? Two billion? Three? Four? I don’t know. Either I’m not that good with The Google, or Flickr doesn’t release that number very often (I found a site claiming three billion over a year ago).
Anyway, lets be conservative and estimate a paltry three billion.
Now, how many of those billions are worth looking at? How many are “good”? Hmmm, let’s just pick a number out of our back pocket. How about one out of a hundred? That means there are thirty million “good” photos on Flickr.
Let’s assume one out of thousand Flickr images are really great. The kind of image you would brag about taking and make all of your friends and family look at again and again. There are three million of those “really great” shots on Flickr. If you spent ten seconds looking at each of those three million shots I have utterly no idea how long it would take you to look at all of them. But it would be a really long time, I betchya.
You see where this is headed. If one out of a million shots on Flickr are super-duper, stupendously, amazingly great “once in a lifetime” by Ansel Adams kind of photo there are three thousand “super-duper, etc. , etc., etc.” photos on Flickr. Yeah. Three thousand.
So, by the above logic, and giving myself every benefit of the doubt, if my best image is in the top five percent of images judged by quality on Flickr, then there are about one hundred twenty million photos on Flickr better than my best (see below).
That’s either very depressing or really inspiring, I’m not sure which.