This is interesting. Instagram is changing a small, but prominent feature of its social network service.
Instagram is testing a change in how it displays ‘likes’ of images. Specifically, the Facebook-owned social network is starting to use only numbers to show how many likes an image has received—something once reserved for photos that more than ten users had liked.
Until now, photos that had under ten likes showed the usernames of those who liked the image. Now it’s nothing more than a number next to the signature ‘♡’ icon.
Instagram doesn't show names of your likers anymore even if you have less than 11. Game changer for teens, I predict pic.twitter.com/JlhnIk8aFJ
— Maya Kosoff (@mekosoff) February 18, 2016
Even though Instagram changed the numbers, I still wait in anticipation for my picture to have 11 likes…
— Emily Benkert (@purplemaye) February 18, 2016
Is my phone malfunctioning or did Instagram update so that there are numbers instead of names before you reach 11 likes? I don't like this
— David Branson (@davidkbranson) February 18, 2016
Instagram now shows your number of likes before you get to 11 no longer are the days of seeing names turn to numbers nothing really matters
— normal guy (@fijiwaterpapi) February 18, 2016
Instagram hasn’t said when the change will permanently take effect, if it will at all, but we’ll keep an eye out.