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Instagram could be gearing up for a permanent change that would allow users to focus on content instead of the number of likes that each posts receives. The Facebook-owned social networking giant is testing a tool that hides the number of likes that each post receives and video views., making them only visible to the account holder.
“We’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people,” the company announced on social media Wednesday (July 17). For now, Instagram is running the test in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Japan and three other countries.
“We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who've liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received,” the company explained in a series of tweets.
We’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in the following countries:
✅ Australia ✅ Brazil ✅ Canada ✅ Ireland ✅ Italy ✅ Japan ✅ New Zealand pic.twitter.com/2OdzpIUBka
— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019
We’re looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.
— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019
Jan Wong, an app analyzer who scopes out hidden codes from your favorite apps, discovered that the company was toying around with the feature in April. “Instagram is testing hiding like count from audiences,” Wong tweeted at the time.
The change could make for a big adjustment for social influencers who seemingly depend on numbers to measure their engagement. The same goes for general users who could potentially feel less pressure to garner a certain number of likes for each post.
Will Smith has been cutting up and dropping gems on Instagram since he joined the social media platform just before the new year, and it’s arguably the best thing on the Internet. In dad fashion, Smith recreated Jaden Smith’s “Icon” music video and it’s hilariously sweet.
Jaden reached 100,000,00 streams on Spotify and like a proud father, the Academy-Award nominee wanted the world to know his son’s great accomplishment. The re-enactment is a caricature. Smith is shown walking in slow motion toward the camera, laxed jaw to show off a gold piece and a thick gold link chain wrapped around his popped-collar neck. The backdrop is a purple sky and a car with everything open.
Jaden released Syre in November 2017, with the breakout single being “Icon.” Its visuals were viewed more than 40,000,000 times. The album debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with more than 20,000 total album-equivalent units sold.
After realizing his dad hilariously showed his support, Jaden responded by thanking him for being an excellent father.
"Dad, this is the funniest thing I've seen in my life. You're the best father anyone could ask for. Thank you for allowing me to express myself even when I take it too far sometimes," Jaden captioned. "I love you more than you will ever know because you taught me how to love."
Watch Will Smith's video and his sons below to see who did it best.
When your mother is Erykah Badu and your father is Dallas born rap icon D.O.C, obviously your musical inclination will be higher than most 12-year-olds, which is why we're not surprised to hear Puma Badu's sweet rendition of Rihanna's "Stay."
Like a proud mama, Erykah recorded her daughter on Sunday (Dec. 18) hanging around the house singing the tender love ballad, and like proud fans of Erykah's little one, our hearts collectively bubbled over with pride.
Puma Badu 12
Bearing an uncanny resemblance to her mom, Puma proved the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, while still demonstrating she has her own distinct sound.
Puma Badu ??💜??💜???????💜????12
A video posted by THE UNICORN (@erykahbadu) on Dec 17, 2016 at 7:57pm PST
Puma is only 12, and has all the time in the world to figure out what she wants to professionally pursue in life. However, if you're in need of some good vibes, let little Badu serenade you.