All of us who share our work online expect to receive some feedback: likes, comments, constructive criticism. And who doesn’t like to have their images appreciated and loved by many? That’s all perfectly okay, but can it hinder our creativity? In this video, Evan Ranft discusses why it doesn’t matter who likes your photos and why you shouldn’t drive inspiration from your social media stats.
Those who have been following me for any length of time will know that one of the most frequent questions I am asked is about likes and followers and how to ‘boost’ those numbers. There are a few questions I will always ask;
Why? Simple first question, what is your goal, why do you want more likes or followers, is it for personal reasons (for example an ego boost or a feeling of validation) or is it about making a living (you are looking to sell your brand and need those numbers to maximise potential sales).
Facebook recently filed lawsuits against developers who were abusing their platform, including both Facebook and Instagram. One of them was selling fake likes, comments, views, and followers. But the other is way more dangerous, as it collected users’ personal information from Facebook.
If you’re a photographer and share your work on Instagram and other social networks, chances are someone will contact you to ask for a use of your photo. And when this happens, make sure to always read the fine print. Otherwise, you may give someone an unlimited usage of your work without being aware of it.
While some may argue that Instagram’s test of hiding like counts is aiming to take the pressure of posting, a new report suggests that the real reason behind this move is to get you to spend more with the app.
A recent report by CNBC suggests that the reason behind Facebook’s Instagram’s recent test is not only a simple go at making the app a less stressful place. There may be another motive behind this effort. A hypostasis inside Facebook’s growth and data science teams suggests that getting rid of like counts motivates posting. It removes the bitter taste of having posts with a small number of likes.
Last month, Instagram went global with hiding like counts. For some of us, it was a welcome change and refreshment of the app. But for others, especially influencers, this was a disaster. But there’s a solution.
If you prefer seeing everyone’s like counts, The Return of the Likes comes to the rescue. This browser extension lets you see how many likes there are on other people’s posts, just the way it was before.