Thanks to @emacsomancer for forwarding to me this article about "demetrification" of social media https://www.wired.com/story/internet-healthier-without-like-counts/ (not showing like counts, follower counts, etc) and how dramatically user behavior is changed when we do expose these things.
On BoingBoing: https://boingboing.net/2019/09/12/flickrs-glory-days.html
@cwebber it's not like it's hard on Twitter either; there's an enormous market for fake followers. It'd be tempting to call it a black market, but that would suggest that Twitter disapproves, which is clearly not true.
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