With Instagram trialling a new feature of turning off the number of likes we see per picture, how will this affect you as a photographer or videographer?
As Instagram is one of the platforms that you can link to your Lobster account, we thought it would be appropriate to do an update on their new trial which takes away the visual reminder of how many likes you receive on a post.
Granted, this trial has only reached Canada and Australia for now, so the rest of us don’t have to worry too much. But only time will tell whether this is successful in its aims of ‘removing pressure’ from the platform and whether it will become a more permanent feature for the future.
If Instagram’s goals are to help tell stories, instead of telling how popular something is, then this is a promising step towards a healthier platform. But we want to know how (or even if) this will affect our community of creators.
Do you rely on that visual reminder of how many likes you have? Do you even use it to measure the success of your work? Or do you welcome this change to the platform?
Let us know what you think via our social media channels. And don’t forget to #ilobsterit
UPDATE 23/07: This feature has now been introduced in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.