What is Pulse and Views?


The pulse number is a score out of 100 points that shows how popular your photo is. Pulse is calculated by an algorithm, which is unique to 500px. The Pulse algorithm was designed to promote daily exposure of new photographs and photographers. It is not necessarily a measure of photograph's quality.
When a photo is first uploaded its Pulse is at N/A or 0, meaning that it doesn't have any activity yet. When users start viewing, leaving comments and adding Likes or Favourites, Pulse starts to grow. Growth of the Pulse is proportionate to how much attention photo is getting and how popular other photos are at 500px.
Once photo is in Fresh and reaches a Pulse over 70, a photo is then featured on Upcoming page. With a Pulse over 80 the photo is added to Popular page. As other photos are getting popular as well a photo's Pulse can drop causing it to be removed from the Popular or Upcoming pages. All photos' Pulse drops after 24 hours, and again after a week.

Your photo's highest achieved Pulse will be recorded and displayed below the current Pulse.

Where you can view pulse:


Views is an approximate number of visitors who have visited and looked at your photo. 
It counts multiple views from other users, but doesn't count views from yourself.

All factors that affect the algorithm are not disclosed due to being a trade secret and to prevent abuse. Those who attempt to cheat the Pulse rating may be permanently banned from 500px.com. If you see any suspicious activity please have it reported, by sending an email to help@500px.com. For a complete list of 500px terms refer to our Terms page.

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