Not surprisingly the unnervingly human photo has captured popular imagination over the past week, becoming the point of origin of a multitude of Photoshop memes.
The photo was posted post-Bin Laden death announcement on May 2nd at 10am PDT via the White House’s Flickr account. Flickr for some reason was tracking the pic, and graciously has given us the following viewer stats; 390,000 views at 3:30pm (5.5 hours later at 71,000 views per hour), 600,000 at 5pm (7 hours later at 140,000 views/hour) and 1,400,000 at 11am today (25 hours later at 44,000 views/hour). The White House Flickr account averages 100K views per day, and yesterday it received 2.5 million views, and as of 7pm today it already had 3.6 million views — An order of magnitude greater than normal.
People familiar with the matter are saying that this is the probably the fastest viewed ever photo on on Flickr. Flickr itself will only officially say that it’s the fastest one they’ve tracked.
Link to the originally posted photo on Flickr currently has 2,415,194 views.
While we are on the topic of photos, are your photos backed up?