Are 'likes' going the way of the Dodo?
Instagram has been testing for awhile now not having likes on certain profiles in certain countries. I didn't have this at first but I now do across all the accounts I run, I wanted it from the beginning, but they didn't roll it out to me personally, one account I manage couldn't see likes but it wasn't one I spend a ton of time on so I wanted it for my own. Finally I got it, I don't know exactly when but it's been a few months and I've really enjoyed not having likes.
This is what it looks like when I look at someone else's post:
It simply just says liked by "insert user name" and "others" nothing more. I mean, you could go count the usernames by clicking where it says others but ain't nobody got time for that.
My favourite part about not seeing likes anymore is that you don't even bother to question anything about the post, you just either like it, or don't. I am human, like anyone else, and things like 100's of thousands of likes will make you judge yourself. I also as a social media manager & someone in this space will analyze the number of likes someone has on a post and try to decide HOW they managed to get so many likes (especially when their comments don't match - but that's a whole other post) I used to always analyze these things and consider if they bought bots or if they are gaming the system by using someway to get faux likes.
I don't do any of that anymore and the experience is quite glorious.
Instagram is still my favourite platform (closely followed by Twitter) so it's not somewhere that I want to be questioning myself every time I am on it, by not seeing the amount of likes someone gets on their post makes it a much more pleasant experience.
Nothing nice about judging yourself, nothing worse than feeling less than because of social media. I am a big advocate of both things mental health as well as social media so you can imagine that it can be an interesting intersection. I love that scrolling Instagram with no likes is simply about who is posting, what they're posting and if you like it or not.
In my humble opinion, all platforms should do away with likes, follower counts and the like, doing so will change the game extensively!
What say you??? Would love to hear your opinions.
Side note; not sure if this is just Instagram being broken but for about 3 days now I can't even see my own total likes - which is also, completely ok with me.