Hiding like counts on pixelfed.social timelines as a 24 hour experiment is turning out better than expected.

I find myself paying more attention to the content and appreciating it more without being influenced by an arbitrary number or count.

At this point, the feature would be opt-in and pixelfed.social will opt-in. #pixelfed #hiddenLikeCountExperiment

@dansup why not hiding counts at all? They just feed ego and make people gather around few actors with big counts like on centralized social networks. Also because of ActivityPub counts are not reliable.


@alexl @dansup Yes retro-design can be a great differentiator with other platforms. Counters have only be created to stimulate more activity based on our tendency towards narcissism. If we want to build tools and not, again, services which makes people addicted we need to think about new design. Because Insta and else have been designed with that goal in mind. Giving back freedom to people online is not only a tech matters but also a design matter. :)

@imacrea @dansup yeah, UI/UX affects how we behave online like language affects the way we think.

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