Ponder in Bloom – Flickr Group Spammers

My post today is going to include a plea to people who misuse Flickr. I understand why they do it. I even understand what they think they achieve from doing it. The irony is that while on the face of it they may look, at first glance, like they have achieved their goal…they really haven’t. This isn’t solely a post about Flickr bumpers either. That discussion has been had many, many times in the blogging and photography communities. This is more about group spammers – the other way people try to boost the numbers on their photos to mislead.

I manage the Flickr queues for a number of stores, events and my own groups that I run on Flickr and spammers are the bane of my life. I’m fairly confident I’ve heard Strawberry Singh comment similarly on Facebook or on her blog in the past too with the groups that she runs. So, what do I mean by spammers? Surely the goal is to spam as many groups as possible with your photograph? Yes, and no. The aim could be to add your photo to as many RELEVANT groups as possible.  I know it’s hard when you’re uploading!!! You get a list of groups with just the first few words of the group name so if there is something in brackets at the end of the group name you might miss it. If you’re unsure DON’T. Add them to those groups after you upload when you can see the entire group name.

I run a group called SL Calendar Girls…every day guys add their pictures. You’d think the clue was in the title wouldn’t you? But spammers don’t care they just want the numbers on the picture regardless of how they get them. I swear I think if I started a group called Second Life Morons they would add their photos to it because it has ‘Second Life’ in the title. To be honest, it may be the most relevant group to them.  I’m fairly confident I could talk to half a dozen other group owners and the ban list of their Flickr group would contain the same repeat offenders names too.  As a blogger, creator or photographer your reputation, should, in my opinion, be as important to you as the quality of your work and adding to multiple, irrelevant, groups gains you a terrible reputation with a multitude of people.

As I worked through a queue of Flickr photos over the weekend I came across a couple of photos that were in 921 groups…921!!! I doubt very much that there are even 900 SL related groups in total on Flickr. So, not only are people adding their photos to irrelevant SL groups but also to even more irrelevant RL groups. To what end? Do they think someone in RL is going to rush to join SL to buy the items they are photographing? The truth is born out in the views versus faves ratio. The photo I am referencing here had thousands of views, somewhere around 3500 if I remember correctly and under 50 faves – this means people aren’t engaging with the photo because it’s irrelevant to them. If you are one of the people who spams groups, regardless of content, you are fooling yourself and no one else. My advice, take back some of the time it must be taking to add photos to that many groups to improve the quality of your photo and spend a little more time understanding the rules and requirements for each group you add to.


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Skin – Lara Hurley and Iza Lelutka Applier

Hands – Vista Prohands

Ears – Mandala – Steking Ears

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4 thoughts on “Ponder in Bloom – Flickr Group Spammers

  1. I totally agree with you, Kess, and it’s what I do. But I also don’t think it’s right when designers demand that the bloggers have 500 views on each photograph so that the poor bloggers are hard put trying to get that. A bit of leeway and sensibility on both sides would help.

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  2. Well I once put a sepia picture by accident in a b&w group. The rude comment I received back for my genuine mistake was pretty off. Suffice to say it actually was a B&W pic in the first place. I try and make sure they go into relevant groups. I agree with Moz on the idea of lots of views . I know no longer will apply to blog for anyone who puts that as a criterion. Our blogs run not just on Flickr and I can see those who visit my blog the clicks to each merchant URL. Some of my blog posts actually don’t even go into Flickr.
    So it’s kind of silly their insistence on views, which I think is what makes people shove their pics in any group, as many groups as they can.
    Now for the dudes who post to SL calendar girls. I’d suggest a nice body makeover to bring out their feminine sides lol


  3. All good points Kessface. My own pet hate is when people who own groups called SL SPAM invite me to join it. Absolutely not! I’d never, ever put something I care for, something I have worked on and containing an image of my avatar into a group named ‘spam’. Perish the bloody thought. I know… getting churlish 😀


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