As you may know, Instagram is testing hiding like counts in seven countries. But according to recent reports, Facebook may soon follow. Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong discovered the prototype of hidden like counts in Facebook Android app. Just like Instagram’s tested feature, it shows a few people who liked your post but hides the total number of likes.
Earlier this year, a leaked design prototype showed us that Instagram could start hiding like counts from your followers. The feature is now being tested and it hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in seven countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Brazil, and Japan.
Judging from a recently leaked design prototype, Instagram might soon hide the Like counts from people who view your posts. Although it looks like a small tweak in design, this change could have a huge impact on everyone on the platform: artists who show off their work, influencers, or casual Instagram users.
Jay Hutton, a member of UK reality show Tattoo Fixers, has recently created a public backlash after a photographer shared the offer he received from Hutton’s representatives to photograph Hutton’s wedding. The tattoo artist and reality TV “star” is allegedly looking for a photographer for his upcoming wedding – and he’s paying in exposure.
Whether you’re into Instagram or not, there’s no doubt it has become a powerful tool for photographers to showcase their work and even book sessions. Growing an audience is a tedious job (if you don’t want to use bots). But, the results of a recent study may help you grow the audience faster.
The researchers of Georgia Institute of Technology and Yahoo Labs recently looked at 1.1 million Instagram photos. They came to some interesting and potentially useful conclusions that could help photographers gain more likes and comments from their followers, and get people more engaged.
The race for online popularity and approval is everlasting, and there are plenty of methods people use to get it. But in one Russian mall, there’s a pretty unusual method of buying Instagram likes and followers: at a vending machine. And it’s not a joke, it really exists and works. You have to admit, this is the weirdest way so far to get fake online attention.
We’ve already seen that boyfriends can be very dedicated to taking the best photo for their girlfriends’ Instagram profiles. These photos mainly cover holidays, and even more often some everyday events.
But what happens when the moment should involve only the couple, such as engagement? Does this once-in-a-lifetime event (hopefully) get buried under the search for the perfect angle, choosing the right hashtag and counting the likes? This humorous video by John Crist shows what an engagement in the era of social media looks like. Do you recognize anyone you know?
However, after a recent spike of ghost account followers and image views on my 500px account, I have been trying to quantify an actual real world business value of social media followers.
Does a huge number of fake social media followers have value? Surprisingly, yes I think so.
Does connecting with real people on social media matter? Probably less than you think – depending on your business.
This is interesting. Instagram is changing a small, but prominent feature of its social network service.[Read More…]