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FAQ: Why only 20 pics?

Thursday, January 17, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named fresca.gifWhen you first subscribe to a feed in FlickrFan you generally will get 20 pictures in the folder for the feed. People wonder why this is and how they can get more. Permalink to this paragraph

The reason for this is that Flickr keeps the 20 most recent pictures in the feed for each account. So when I post a new picture to my Flickr account, it replaces the oldest picture in my feed. Then, anyone who has subscribed my feed, will get the new picture next time they scan. It works the same way RSS works for blogging or a newspaper -- you only get the last few posts or stories, not all of them, in the feed. Permalink to this paragraph

I think this is the right way to do it. You might feel that 20 is too small, but people would probably also want more if they just got 100 pictures.  Permalink to this paragraph

So the answer is over time you will get more pictures, if the person posts more pictures. Permalink to this paragraph


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