Stacy Theobald
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Facebook may hide Like counts to help us feel happy not crappy

Posted by @stacytheobald, Tue, Sep 3 9:39am

Facebook is considering removing “like” counts from News Feed posts in an effort to bring a bit of peace and tranquility to the minds of its users.

Code uncovered this week by high-profile app researcher Jane Manchun Wong suggests Facebook is looking to test the system within its Android app.

The social networking giant later confirmed to TechCrunch that it is indeed looking into the idea of hiding like counts, though it has yet to begin testing the system with users.

Facebook-owned Instagram is already hiding like counts for some users in a trial spanning seven countries, among them Canada, Australia, and Ireland. Discussing the idea a few months ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wants people to be “less interested in how many likes a post gets, and focus more on connecting with other people.”

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I generally don't look at likes on Facebook as a way to make me happy about what I wrote but rather a way to see who saw my post. Will we have access to the data in some other way.

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“Still, if you find social media leaves you feeling more crappy than happy, then how about eliminating the services from your daily life forever?”

A bold suggestion. I think we all assume that social media is here to stay. Probably, but the question for the individual is does it need to really be a part of THEIR specific life? There is also the question for parents and their teenagers. I mean, really, do teenagers “need” 1000 smart phones at 100+ dollars a month to be “safe.”?

I personally fully deleted my Facebook account, but am diving more deeply into Twitter and haven’t really looked back.

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There are many who feel the same way you do.

I keep my personal Facebook page which includes family, friends and people I have actually met in real life separate from my advocacy page.

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