Audience Theory and Quantitative Aesthetics
Very interesting post, thank you
Audience numbers are a bit of a mystery.
I post reviews and photos of places we visit on Google Maps, which provides feedback on number for photo views. For some reason a photo my local suburban swimming pool has over 2.5m views, and the street view of a cafe we visited on Brisbane bayside has over 1.5m views (Brisbane population around 2.25m).
Not only being popular, but being seen to be popular is important.