Photographer's Note

The title and the note has nothing to do with the photo. It is the view I had from my window before yesterday. The sky was fabulous but my street is nice but not specially interesting.
Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. Dunbar theorized that "this limit is a direct function of relative neocortex size, and that this in turn limits group size ... the limit imposed by neocortical processing capacity is simply on the number of individuals with whom a stable inter-personal relationship can be maintained." On the periphery, the number also includes past colleagues, such as high school friends, with whom a person would want to reacquaint themselves if they met again. A recent study has suggested that Dunbar's number is applicable to online social networks as well. Whether online interactions count as stable social relationships is debatable, as virtual engagements do not stimulate the same biological responses real interactions do. The figure of 150 seems to represent the maximum number of individuals with whom we can have a genuinely social relationship, the kind of relationship that goes with knowing who they are and how they relate to us,” Dunbar has written. “Putting it another way, it’s the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar.” (from Wikipedia).

It is interesting that such a number exists. it seems to me that I have many friends (relationships) real or from Internet. But are they stable? And how many?
Like many people here on TE, I post my photos on other sites as well. Let's define "success" of a photo as the number of likes, smiles, views, whatever. It is interesting that success depends not only of the quality of the photo itself, but also (and sometimes mainly) on the social rules. Photo successful in one site is not in other. Funny for me (but easy to explain) is that the same persons "like" some photos but do not "smile" at them. Does the "success" of a photo depends on the number of members on the site? probably, but how?
I posted this photo on FB and it was quite "succesful"", how it will be on TE?
Today the view from my window is quite different, we have snow finally!! And soon I will complain that I have to shovel it..

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