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Would the Internet Be Healthier Without 'Like' Counts?

This is an interesting article worth a quick read.

I think it's a good move to make the likes and repost amounts an option for the site administrator to be able to turn them on or off. I have a younger demographic and I don't think it is needed on my site.

Increased engagement is good for business, and the impulse to check the score is an easy way to keep users coming back. As Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey put it at last year’s WIRED25 conference: “Right now we have a big Like button with a heart on it and we’re incentivizing people to want it to go up,” and to get more followers.

But these tactics are attracting increased scrutiny, about their impact on the health of the internet and on society at large.

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  •  Interesting! I’m not sure if I was supposed to ‘like’ Hey this or not, but I did anyway! 😊

    • Interesting! indeed.

      • Interesting, I noticed recently that Instagram have made invisible the number of likes on each post, now visible only to the original poster. This is a big move from the platform that is the home of FOMO.

        • The reason I use the button is to let the poster of the content know that I've "seen" it, not so much as I like it or not they are under the assumption that I do like it, the other options are stupid for most content.

          I just want a button that says "I read this" or something similar.

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