Count of Facebook Likes Will be Hidden, Instagram First!

Rindi Putra
Count of Facebook Likes Will be Hidden, Instagram First!
Count of Facebook Likes Will be Hidden, Instagram First!
Yup! It seems official, that Facebook no longer makes the number of likes or likes that we get in each status that we make into a benchmark. This was confirmed along with the new system testing plan, that the count of Facebook likes will be hidden.

This was first seen by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong who saw the test on the Facebook Android application. In conclusion, Jane found that the count of Facebook likes will be hidden.

Plus, one of the online technology media, TechCrunch, also immediately asked Facebook about this. And Facebook also confirmed that it works to hide the number of likes.

But Facebook did not say when they would start the test or why they did the test.

Count of Facebook Likes Will be hidden, Instagram First!

For those of you who don't know, Instagram has also done testing like this before. And it looks like a trial to eliminate the number of likes gives positive results. So do not be surprised if they might have the same plan for Facebook.

Until now, the number of likes on Instagram still appears by default, only in a few countries that have been removed (number of likes) like in the countries below:

  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand (New Zealand)
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Italy
  • Japan

The list of countries above is predicted to continue to grow in order to get more accurate results. From some of the existing responses, most users do not mind and instead welcomed this change.

As we also know, Instagram is also a business owned by Facebook. So no wonder they use the same method on both platforms. If later the count of Facebook likes is completely removed, then Instagram has most likely also applied it.

If seen like this then Instagram looks like a trial place for Facebook, if it works on Instagram then it is most likely to succeed on Facebook too if the results are negative, Facebook also doesn't need to waste time to do the same experiment.

For Industry

In the industrial world, data and numbers are the main factors in decision making, including in choosing a place to promote. The more number of likes or followers, the more expensive the promotion price (endorse) for the account.

But now, the number of followers and likes is very easy to get, even if you search on Google "cheap follower services" or "likes Instagram / Facebook services" you will surely find dozens of places or websites that provide likes or followers at a price very cheap.

So it's only natural that the number of followers or likes is no longer the main benchmark for determining the price or quality of an account or promotion (endorse).

Indeed this is a significant change and very core when viewed from the history of the establishment of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. But everything has its time, and Facebook seems to have prepared this change.

For Health

Research has shown that social media counters can affect one's self-confidence, even self-esteem, especially in the younger generation or the "now generation".

We'll see for ourselves, generally, every person or social media user would be happy if the post or status update gets a lot of likes, and that's normal.

But there are other things that are worrying. When the scenario is different when you make a post or update status but do not get the number of likes as expected, how do you feel?

If you feel sad or even disappointed (because you do not get enough likes), then it is not good for your health. Both physical and mental health.

If the count of your Facebook likes is not what you expected, are you disappointed?

Then how to judge it?

There is no denying that numbers generally show results, but if someone really likes the content that you create, then they will also tend to comment or even share (share) your content or posts.

And that feels more authentic than just pressing the Like button on your post, which may never actually read your entire post, just formality.

And there are many other alternatives to judge a post or account that is quality or not (if assessed). Surely the developer also must have a solution if the count of Facebook likes is really hidden.

The real test for Influencer

This will also certainly be a proving ground for influencers on social media, including Facebook. Does the number of followers or likes on each of their posts really affect the sale of products offered?

Not a few cases that show that some influencers only excel on paper, but in the application of its business is not very influential.

There is also news that shows an influencer who has millions of followers, cannot sell 36 pcs of t-shirts. Then where are the millions of followers?

And many more events - events that show that the number of followers or the number of likes is not very influential.

Hopefully this article about the plan to eliminate the count of Facebook likes is useful. Stay a wise user! #beWiseUser!

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Rindi Putra
Rindi Putra
Graphic Designer & Technology Junkie Graduated with 'International Trade Management' Major | 2 Years of Professional career on International Shipping Company & 3 Years career on Local Fashion Brand Company | 10 Years (and still counting) as Digital content creator. Feel free to connect with me on Social Media Twitter/Instagram: @rindiputra

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