It appears that the age of flaunting an attitude due to the amount of likes you get in an Instagram article is coming to an end. The Facebook-owned social network has confirmed that the test which hides the like count from articles is going global, including India. Just last week, Instagram had expanded this evaluation to the US, which joined Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand to be part of the evaluation that hides likes on articles on the Instagram feed. The way this Instagram test works is that as a user, you will still have the ability to view how many likes your posts are getting, but others will not be able to view how many enjoys your posts have received. Similarly, you will also be unable to view how many likes another Instagram user’s article has received. This could pretty much change how Instagram influencers operate. Free Instagram Followers No Verification No Survey
Instagram Hides Like Option
“Starting today, we’re expanding our test of personal like counts into the rest of the world beyond Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand. If you’re in the test, you will no longer find the complete number of views and likes on videos and photos posted to Feed unless they are your own. While the feedback from early testing has been positive, this is a fundamental change to Instagram, and so we’re continuing our test to learn more from our international community,” says Vishal Shah, VP of Product in Instagram, in an official statement.
Instagram has been slowly rolling out this test in various countries since May, in an effort to change the mindset where Instagram users were posting just to fish for likes, and not actually post what they really wanted to.
At the time of writing this, I’m still able to see the likes count on posts by everyone and anyone in my Insta Feed. This might be a slow rollout and should be available to all users soon.
In actuality, the very act of using third-party programs and tools to buy likes was becoming a rampant problem on Instagram, which effectively hid the genuine interaction and interaction with a post. Influencers who often believe that being a social networking influencer is a fulltime job, must be quite stressed. And so should the brands who empower them be, too.
A 2017 study by Sway Ops, an online anti-fraud company, suggested that these so-called influencers do not really deliver on what they promise to brands. A single day’s worth of articles tagged #sponsored or #ad on Instagram comprised over 50 percent imitation engagements and out of 118,007 remarks, only 20,942 were not made by bot followers, the study says. Bot comments are responsible for over 40 percent of total comments and more than 15 percent of influencers who sign on to do sponsored never create a post–and that included instances where they took physical products and gadgets.