Instagram fanatics, there is a potential new change coming to the platform that you might not like: soon, other users may not be able to see how many people have liked your photos. You will still be able to, but it may drastically reduce the number of likes and follows you get for your travel shots.
The Instafamous among us might be a bit frustrated by a new feature Instagram could begin testing soon: People looking at your photos may no longer be able to see how many other people have liked them. For those of you banking on the herd mentality and competition of having the most liked travel photo on the ‘gram, this could be devastating. But that’s exactly why the service is considering removing the feature.
“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get,” Instagram said, reported by TechCrunch. “During this test, only the person who shares a post will see the total number of likes it gets.”
The point is to relieve some pressure from other Instagram users who might feel disappointed in their numbers when they see how many other people have liked photos on other accounts instead of theirs.
“We’re not testing this at the moment, but exploring ways to reduce pressure on Instagram is something we’re always thinking about,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch.
Influencers can mostly relax, though—although the service may cut the visibility of who likes what photo, the number of followers an account has will still be visible to everyone.
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