We can safely say that social media is the expression of our new world. Our dictionary has evolved with new meaning to words like follow, followers, comments, profile, save, etc. It has also created new words like, well, like, subscribe and so on. Sharing and caring is promoted to another level. People share their regular life moments and problems with the entire world by writing a single tweet, posting a solo photo, etc. Other people care about this and express it by up-voting it or ‘liking’ it or other personalized ways, depends on the particular website.
What do you mean by Instagram
Instagram is one such website that has taken the world by storm with its amazing functions and attractive platform. One can share posts with a caption describing the essence of the post. Simultaneously, other people on the platform, the followers can react to it in several ways. They can comment on it by writing something in the option, sharing it with some other user, or like it.
Getting automatic like for Instagram is quite simple; there a self-explanatory button shaped like a heart which, when clicked, likes the specific post by turning from colourless to red. There’s an alternate way to this, and you can double-tap the photo in the post and like it. There also exists a facility where we know the no. of likes a post has. The number to that is displayed just under the heart.
Now the likes meant to be a positive gesture for the post and the user. Though it didn’t work as aimed, and suddenly there was this unsaid competition where everything was determined by the number of like one got. The more likes you get for your posts, the more followers have. The more people follow you, the popular you get. So naturally, everybody wanted lots of likes.
For this, some users try to improve their page’s content quality, but some might resort to easier and faster, and also false ways. There are ways in which people can buy likes. Some apps sell the likes, allowing you to be likes-rich in the dead of night
Giving a simple heart button the power to decide ones social standings is a personal opinion. It shouldn’t matter as much, and it wasn’t even meant to matter that much. People liked it more than they were supposed to like it.