Worlds Most Viewed Photo Statistics

The world's most viewed photo statistics suggest that a captivating image with broad appeal can attract vast amounts of attention and engagement from viewers.

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"The "Bliss" image by Charles O'Rear is considered the most viewed photo of all time, being the default Windows XP background."

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""Bliss" has likely been viewed by over 1 billion people."

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"The photo was taken in 1996 in Sonoma County, California."

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"Windows XP was released in 2001 and retired in 2014, during these 13 years, "Bliss" was likely to be seen by almost every computer user."

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"The photo became a visual symbol for the XP operating system, which had a 17% market share even seven years after it was discontinued."

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"Interestingly, the "Bliss" image was taken using a medium format camera, not digitally."

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"The hill from the "Bliss" image is no longer a grassy meadow, but a vineyard."

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"The "Bliss" image was unaltered and un-cropped when it was used by Microsoft."

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"O'Rear took the photograph when he was driving to meet his girlfriend, soon to be his wife."

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"The photo 'Bliss' was originally shot on a Mamiya RZ67 camera."

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"O'Rear never revealed the name of the hill where the photo was taken."

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"O'Rear submitted the image to Corbis - an advertising and licensing agency, which later sold it to Microsoft."

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"The exact date the photo was taken is unknown, believed to be in January, but O'Rear recalls it was a Friday."

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"It's a misconception that "Bliss" was the world's most expensive photo—it's not; the most expensive one is "Rhein II" by Andreas Gursky."

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"Many people tried to recreate the iconic 'Bliss' picture, but due to the changes in the landscape, no photograph could duplicate it exactly."

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"O'Rear didn't give the photo its name; it was named "Bliss" by Microsoft."

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"Despite its ubiquitous presence, "Bliss" was not universally loved. It was characterized as 'overly cheerful' and even 'tacky' by some users and critics."

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