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This article was published on February 20, 2016


The latest Instagram update shows the number of likes at 4 instead of 11. Can you manage?

The latest Instagram update shows the number of likes at 4 instead of 11. Can you manage?
Natt Garun
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Back in my day, the mark of a successful Instagram post had a number on it – specifically, 11 or higher. This week, that changes, because the number has dropped down to four.

In an extremely minor update, Instagram will now show a number count for photos with at least four likes or more rather than name the first few users who liked your photo.

This probably won’t matter to you much unless you’re a teen idol or the kind of person who uses a million hashtags trolling for likes (what kind of human are you??), but it does clean up the layout and make it a nanosecond faster to scroll through your feed without lines of long usernames.

Power users, of course, are elated. Instagram has made it that much easier to make it seem like your internet life is as cool as it appears… provided you can get above that four mark. Look at it this way, even if Carrie Bradshaw only got her three best friends to stan for her, that still ain’t enough.

So do you think you can manage?

The change is currently available on the Instagram apps, and not the Web version. So if you enjoy Instagram in its full sized glory, keep trying.

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