(Update: The highest number of views in one day is now over 177,000 in the link below)
It is not like this is my most impressive shot, but the power of the internet and viral posting was clearly evident with this image on January 20, 2011. After a week of 300-400 views per day from a blog on this image in Tumblr.com, someone posted it in Reddit.com and the views exploded. At one point there were nearly 100 views per minute on the image! The 24 hour period Flickr tracked for this incredible surge ended with nearly 71,000 views on this image that day. Before this image went crazy I had about 55,000 views on my entire site of nearly 800 images after 18 months of membership. That averages just over 100 views per day for my entire collection and my single largest number of views on a single image in a single day was never more than about 40 when I was working hard to get a photo into a number of different groups. This image was viewed about 1,800 times more.
I doubt I will ever do anything on Flickr directly to get this many views in a single day, so unless I get another image to go viral in another major blogging site this will be my record photo.
I think I am most amazed that I didn't need to put any of the typical "sexual" tags that get photos huge views.
On September 20, 2011, Merging Oceans went viral again and this time hit over 177,000 views in one day. Here are the stats from that day: www.flickr.com/photos/kentsmith9/6171392382/
The original photo is here: