Strange things afoot at Flickr. They seem over run with porn spam. Just as staff solved the issue of spammers using mentions to draw people to porn ads, there are now bots creating dozens if not hundreds of new accounts a day to fill groups with more pornography ads. Then there is another spate of sites using the Flickr API to scrape people’s images and display them in unauthorized ways. Stats are borked and so are notifications for many folks.
It is not all doom and gloom though. The Flickr Blog top 25 seemed to feature some amazing images this year and they got there by more normal merit than hidden Flickr curation… although still some of that detected.
Well, I hope 2018 is a better year for Flickr friends than 2017. Either way… Happy New Year!