What makes an image popular?

Hundreds of thousands of photographs are uploaded to the internet every minute through various social networking and photo sharing platforms. While some images get millions of views, others are completely ignored. Even from the same users, different photographs receive different number of views. This begs the question: What makes a photograph popular?

MIT PhD candidate Aditya Khosla has analyzed more than 2.3 million images hosted on Flickr to answer the question ‘what makes an image popular’?

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