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Social media app Instagram will hide the total number of 'likes' which posts in Ireland receive in a trial to analyse whether users prefer a less competitive social media environment.

Users themselves will be able to see how many 'likes' their own posts get, but not those of other Instagram users' posts.

A spokesman for the app said; “We are testing this because we want followers to focus on the photos and videos shared, not how many likes they get."

They added; “We don’t want Instagram to feel like a competition. We hope to learn whether this change can help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story.”

The company began testing this new feature in Canada in May, emphasising that the focus should be on the photos and videos themselves rather then the numerical results.

The trial is now being extended to Irish users, with the move likely being welcomes by parents and childrens' welfare organisations due to the negative effects on self-esteem associated with Instagram.

Instagram undoubtedly encourages people to portray an idealised version of their lives among their peers, seeking popularity of friends and acquaintances.

A new Canadian study of 3,826 teenagers discovered that social media may be associated with adolescent depression, as young people compare themselves with filtered, unrealistic images of others.

Instagram users will still be shown the number of comments that other users' posts attracts, which could be used as a proxy for popularity.

Instagram has been seen as the least controversial major social media platform, seeing as Facebook's meddling with elections and 'fake news' has gotten them in trouble, as well as YouTube and Twitter's issues with hate speech.

Tara Hopkins, head of public policy, EMEA at Instagram said; “We want Instagram to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves."

She added; “This includes helping people to focus on the photos and videos they share, not how many likes they get.

"We are now rolling the test out to more countries so we learn more from our global community and see how this can benefit people's experiences on Instagram.”


We're highly confused and appalled, tbh. Tristan doesn't seem to understand the meaning of "break-up", unless himself and Khloe are still together in secret?

1. Why is she still following Tristan on Instagram, but unfollowed alleged cheater Jordyn Woods, AKA Kylie Jenner's best pal?

2. Why on earth did he like her latest sultry family photoshoot images? Leave, please?

Khloe uploaded the latest series of pics to her Instagram, featuring herself, Kourtney and Kendall looking absolutely jaw-droppingly attractive:


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Khloe captioned the snap; "All up in this b*tch like", whatever that means.

Clearly, they're all pure stunners, but the sparkly diamanté bodysuits are next level. (We wonder how long that photoshoot took…hours? Days? Years?)

Clearly Tristan agrees, because he gave the image a sly like. Except it wasn't sly at all:

The fans weren't best pleased at this action, considering his cheating history with apparent 34-year-old ex-girlfriend and baby mama Khloe. 

The 27-year-old has been unfollowed by every Kardashian except Khloe after he allegedly hooked up with Jordyn Woods two weeks ago, and has been caught up in a host of infidelity scandals.

The most infamous one remains his inappropriate behaviour in the weeks before Khloe was about to GIVE BIRTH to their first child together. 


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As of right now, Khloe follows her ex-boyfriend, and some fans speculate that the pair are secretly still together, or else the reality star plans on taking him back.

Lord, the drama with this family just never ends, does it? It's almost as if this is entirely planned in order to continue with Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

The devil works hard but Kris Jenner works harder, as they say…

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In case anyone has yet to hear the latest serving of scalding hot Kardashian tea, Jordyn Woods will be giving her first interview since the cheating scandal involving Khloe Kardashian's ex boyfriend Tristan Thompson.

She has maintained a silence since rumours began of her apparent hook up with the father of Khloe's baby, True, but now the model has sat down with family friend Jada Pinkett Smith to record an episode of her Red Table Talk Podcast. 

The interview will recount her story of the night in question, and is set to be quite the wild ride;

It was recorded yesterday, and a source has told TMZ that Jada's goal with the podcast was to "to create a healing between Jordyn and Khloe." We'll see if that one works out for ya Jada…

As a close friend of the Kardashian family and an extra on their reality show, the model has signed Non-Disclosure Agreements to maintain her relationship with the famous family, so she can't speak her mind completely.

The episode will air on the Red Table Talk Facebook page on Friday, but now Khloe has begun liking posts on Twitter surrounding the news:

The first one reads; "I really don’t understand the point of this. there’s no way she can justify what she did." 

A fan maintains that there's nothing Jordyn can say to repair the bond between herself and Khloe, who is her best friend Kylie Jenner's older sister.

Judging by that Twitter like, Khloe is still pretty mad and forgiveness isn't exactly on her mind at the moment.

The second tweet defends the Kardashians and claims that they have never smeared Jordyn's name publicly, despite the rumours.

 "She slept with Khloé's baby daddy, and they havent even publicly said ONE bad thing about her, just unfollowed her, so how is that the Kardashians fault? Jordyn smeared her OWN name!" says one social media fan.

Khloe liked the post, showing her agreement with the fact that neither herself nor her family members have actually said Jordyn's name at all since the scandal has emerged, only unfollowed her on social media.


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This was a reply to another Twitter statement referencing Jordyn Woods' friendship with the Smith family;

"Her and her family are REAL cool with the Smith’s so I really want them to paint her in a good light. The Kardashian’s are obviously smearing her name for ratings, but Jordyn deserves a win!"

Fans are concerned that Jada Pinkett Smith will paint Jordyn in a better light than she supposedly deserves, but we'll have to wait and see when the episode airs this Friday.

We suspect Jada will try to have a balanced discussion, as she always does on her talk show. We're getting the popcorn ready in preparation, it's going to be JUICY viewing.

Feature image: Instagram/@khloekardashian


We all have our own list of likes and dislikes when it comes to the world of romance.

Perhaps you're a sucker for a winning smile, or maybe arrogance is your biggest deal-breaker? Each to their own at he end of the day, but there does seem to be one thing we can all agree on when it comes to looking for a partner. 

According to a recent survey conducted by Plenty of Fish, the single most important thing singles look for is the ability to have a "meaningful conversation." 

The study found that good communication skills rated higher than physical attraction, with 60 per cent of respondents saying they believed it was possible to fall in love after just one conversation. 

What's more, a further 87 per cent of people said they become more attracted to someone after a good chat. 

When it came to dating dislikes, bad grammar placed higher than bad sex, with 58 per cent of those surveyed admitting it was a total deal-breaker. 

Daters also say they have had enough of talking about Donald Trump, with 51 per cent saying it was their most hated topic of conversation.

Other yawn-worthy matters include the 'millennials vs everyone else' argument and speciality diets.

So, if you think you're going to woo someone with your oh-so-trendy avocado toast recipe, you might want to reconsider your approach. 


Getting the likes on Instagram is, to some people, a pretty important aspect of the entire posting process.

Putting the time and effort into creating and editing the perfect image can make people feel good, so posting at a prime time is worth it when you want the world to see your latest pic. 

Hopper HQ has done some research into the best time to post a photo on Instagram, leading to more likes.

The best time on weekdays is between 6pm-7.30pm, simply because this is the time that most people are on the app. 

Because there are more people on the app, there are more chances that your post will be engaged with, thereby garnering more likes. 

11am at the weekend is also prime time to post, so get to brunch early if you want to optimise your likes on a Sunday morning.

The research also found that posts with captions do better overall, but don't make them too long, as posts with captions where the viewer has to click 'read more' receive a significantly lower amount of likes than those with short and snappy lines. 

And as for filters, Gingham is the most popular and attracts the most likes and comments.

Happy snapping!


In the society we live in, we put a lot down to social media and the connections we make from it.

And as much as we think that getting ALL the 'likes' on social media is a good thing, it doesn't actually make people feel any better about themselves.

A recent study carried out at the University of South Wales found that 'likes' don't really reflect how we feel at all.

340 participants took part in the study which involved a questionnaire being sent out via Facebook and Twitter.

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In the questionnaire, they were asked to record how much they agreed or disagreed with various statements.

So, for example, they were asked to agree or disagree with, 'the attention I get from social media makes me feel good' or 'I consider someone popular based on the amount of likes they get'.

The study also found that people who ask for 'likes' or buy them are seen to have low self-esteem and trust issues.

The same is true for those who delete a picture if it doesn't receive many 'likes' (but come on, we're all a little bit guilty of that).

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The overall result found that 'likes' on social media doesn't actually make a person feel better about themselves or give them any added confidence.

Dr Graff , who conducted the study, said: "The proliferation of social media use has led to general concerns about the effects on our mental health. 

"Although this is just a relatively small scale study the results indicate that the ways we interact with social media can affect how we feel and not always positively."

We think hanging out with mates over a bottle of vino or having some family time is so much better than 'likes' on Facebook. Do you agree?


It's pretty exciting when we notice that a few extra people have followed us on Instagram, right? 

But have you ever been so desperate for more followers, that you would consider paying out of pocket just to boost your numbers artificially? 

Unfortunately, with the pressure to be popular online increasing all the time, some people have stooped to such numeric trickery. 

Whether it's the up-and-coming fashion blogger or that girl who just gets way too many likes on her selfie, there is a whole world of phony social media stars who have coughed up to culminate more followers than they would have organically. 

There are hundreds of apps in the app store which allow people to falsify their followers list.

Some involve payment schemes, where people can buy bundles of hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of followers and likes at a single click.

Generally, these apps seem to have a database of inactive ghost accounts that they can use to follow or like your page and content.

Sometimes the accounts are very obviously fake, with random names with jumbled up letters and numbers, but when mixed in with a person's organic following, they can be overlooked. 

Other apps allow people to engage in a rapid fire round of "like 4 like" and "follow 4 follow" behaviour, where for every like doled out by the wannabe Insta star, one is received back.


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Popular Dublin-based foodie blog Yummy Dublin has come across people in the influencer industry who utilise the faux follower apps.

"After working on my foodstagram for months and building up an organic following of my own, I was browsing Instagram for other Irish foodie pages to follow," said Yummy owner Amanda Holtz. 

"I came across another girl's foodstagram in the area, and I was impressed by her follower count in such a short amount of time."


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"She had about 4000 followers in only a few short months, which is really good."

"I looked through her followers as I was impressed, and saw that they were mostly from Asian countries which is unusual for a Dublin-based food account that only posts about Dublin or Irish food establishments. "

"I can't say for sure if they're being bought, but to those people who do it – It's just a slap in the face for those of us who have put in months of hard work to grow an organic following."


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"But at the end of the day you just have to know that what you're doing is right."

"It might be hard to resist buying followers if your competition is tough, but I would feel like a fake doing that! It is completely by worth it to do it the old fashioned way," Amanda finished.

Wellness mega-blogger Jordan Younger of The Balanced Blonde also previously discovered that so many bloggers she had admired for years were monetarily inflating their likes and following.

"Specific people who I’d believed to be getting all these likes all the time were total shams," she wrote on her blog

Other follower fans turn to things called "Instagram pods" to get their fix of fake friends.

These pods are suited to different niches, so one pod may only be for fitness bloggers, one for fashion and beauty bloggers, or one for people who just want more likes on their latest selfie.

The rules of these pods dictate that everyone in the pod must like and comment on every post that each other person in the pod puts up, which mean that real people will be liking and commenting on the photos, but not of their own volition.

It is a mutually beneficial arrangement, and with some pods hosting thousands of members – that's a lot of likes to swap for some of your own. 

There are even websites which offer to sell bundles of hashtags to help users gain the maximum amount of likes from a post. 

These means of purchasing fake likes and followers show how important social media validation has become in our hyper-filtered society.

It's not just bloggers and brands using these methods to grow a fake following, but regular people too, which reflects just how much people have come to care about how popular they seem on social media.


Instagram is fast becoming the favourite social network of them all, loved by us and celebrities alike.

Sometimes though, no matter how hard you try, you just can't get a good IG snap, and when it ends up getting no likes, it's quickly deleted. Sob.

But not anymore as Cosmopolitan have found these five brilliant hacks will get you ALL the IG hearts:

1. If you want to take a photo of a plated meal (like, at EVERY restaurant you go to), take the photo from above, with the phone at least 3 feet from the subject.


2. Another foodie hack when taking a photo! If the restaurant you're eating in is particularly dark, use your friend's phone flaslight to brighten the dish.


3. Add in blue tones wherever possible. A new study found that pictures with a blue tone get 24 percent more likes than red or green-toned photos.


4. If you want to focus on one specific object in a pic, use your actual phone camera and DON'T use Instagram's blur tool. Manually tap on what you want focused, then take your photo. 


5. When taking a photo, hold the camera perpendicular to the object. It looks clearer and more professional.




We all know the stress of convincing yourself that a selfie is acceptable to put on social media… then freaking out when it doesn't get a single response in the first 15 seconds. 

Having said that, there are few feelings in the world as satisfying as receiving that coveted 11th seal-of-approval on Instagram – a milestone which automatically swaps your likes from names to numbers. Yup… 'tis the little things.

Although some people choose to use #NoFilter (we know it's all lies anyway) there is now proper scientific research to prove that adding effects will only improve your online reputation. Hurrah!

Yes, while it might seem that you need a seriously lavish lifestyle to garner attention, it turns out that your chosen filter has a lot more to do with it than you might think. 

In a study conducted by Yahoo labs and Georgia Tech, it has been discovered that adding the likes of a Mayfair, Hudson, Lo-Fi, or indeed the coveted Valencia, to your photo means more people are more likely to engage with it. 

Indeed, they found that shots with filters are 21 percent more likely to be viewed, and 45 percent more likely to be commented on. 

The study even discovered that different types of filters can have a greater or lesser impact (for your own records: the experts advise choosing one that increases contrast, corrects exposure problems, and creates a "warmer" colour).

So fear like-less selfies no more; this is surely a fool-proof way to direct people towards your social-media selves – science always knows what it's talking about after all. 



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