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Just had 10 consecutive views from "Bratislava - Slovak Republic". There is something creepy about this, nothing specific I could point to, but I don't like it. On the one hand it seems random and pointless, on the other hand I worry about people scooping up those big preview images and reselling them as web graphics.
I've got one image that has about 40 hits from Putian, China in the past couple of days. Not sure what that's about, since bots usually go through multiple images. I haven't seen hits from Bratislava yet.
Any one remember Czechoslovakia - Well - it broke into the Czech republic and the Slovak republic. Regardless of where your visitor comes from - or who or what it is - at least something/somebody - is looking at it.
The 'bots - if they're accomplishing anything at all - are just making our nice big preview images available to Google's image search, where anyone can grab them for nothing and use them on web pages, blogs, presentations etc. I doubt that anyone uses Google to find and buy wall art. I would rather have my images available only through FAA, to be seen by people who might actually buy something.
I just uploaded 2 photos and Kiez hit them within minutes. I have to wonder how this works. It seems like the server must somehow notify the 'bot that new URLs have been created. The bots couldn't possibly be scanning every server in the world, following every link from every page, that fast.