Thanks to @emacsomancer for forwarding to me this article about "demetrification" of social media (not showing like counts, follower counts, etc) and how dramatically user behavior is changed when we do expose these things.

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It is funny in a meta way that we need to see evidence that showing likes and follows is bad delivered from an authoritative source. It speaks to why people get addicted to likes and follows in the first place, it is a label of value placed on by an authority.

All you have to do is stop and listen to the way we all talk about likes and follow counts to know they are bad.

@Alonealastalovedalongthe @cwebber absolutely.

i remember reading a brief history of the facebook like button in 'the twittering machine' a week ago

it's all about making social media like a casino, where you keep betting and betting

like buttons allow the illusion of active and total praise for some micro-post, using the absolute minimum amount of emotional energy

i am certainly currently very addicted, and it is terrible and gutwrenching to me when i feel ignored.

i think we should remove the like button, and remove all number representations of follower/following counts

@dirtycommo @Alonealastalovedalongthe tbh I think the like button could maybe be ok, but publishing the like information to others isn't.

@cwebber @Alonealastalovedalongthe that's a good idea actually... it's interesting... maybe i need to do more research into exactly how one can give feedback/have some sort of response to some quick writing you do online that doesn't give the illusion of active feedback, when in reality it is passive
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