I feel that I have a good grasp on the various aspects of social media and have a good idea how to navigate it. Over the last week though I have had two experiences which have me a little baffled. The first is how Google+ works and people adding one to their circles. I have mostly used Facebook but have been more active on Google+ for the last four months or so. About 5 days ago I had a large jump in activity where I suddenly added over 350 followers. Normally I would welcome this but as I look at those who added me I find that I have nothing in common and that none of them have actually liked or commented on my work. In a previous rant I mentioned that I find this type of behavior odd and in this case it may make me rethink how I use Google+. Since anyone can add one to a circle with out asking permission to do so I may not share as much on this social media or may not post some items publicly but only to select circles.
The other observation I want to share is more to the subjectivity of photography. While I do share to a number of photo sites I have one which stands out from the rest. This is Mobli. Unlike all the others where results are more consistent and predictable, Mobli tends to have a very different life of it's own. Considering that I only have 107 followers it makes the numbers I will share below with each of the past five day's photo's more incredible.
January 24. I shot this iPhone capture of a Hugo Boss perfume bottle as my photo of the day. On Mobli it gained 157 views and 7 likes.
This one 374 views and 14 likes.