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FAQ: What does an Instagram LIKE Mean?

FAQ:What does an Instagram "Like" mean?

1. Note that asking the meaning of "Like" is failing the fundamental shibboleth of online culture. The iPhone5 may not be for you. #sadpanda.

2. Know that each and every "Like" bestowed upon a photo or image creation is a special snowflake dependent on the congruence or tension between the artist, their subject, their skill, their app and filter choices, and you the viewer, plus your widely varying, and frankly disturbing now that we think about it, mood swings.

That said, here are some possibilities to consider. "Like" may signify:

  • I like this photograph.
  • I like you.
  • I know it's been rough for you lately but my "Likes" seriously are elixir, medicine and fairy dust combined, so here's a Like to cheer you!
  • I take "Like" literally. You are just like me and you clearly make good life/lunch/childrearing/clothing choices.
  • Shiny thing I Like I Like oh shiny.
  • You are pretty.
  • Damn, is that an original Eames?????
  • I want to be validated.
  • Here's a Like because you are so nice about Liking me.
  • Gulp, your horizon line is tanking to the south east and the slope is killing me, but bless your heart you really dig this, don't you?
  • Bitching filter choice. Your aesthetic is so rad.
  • You could have gone with a few less bokeh hearts, but still. Nice.
  • I better give you a Like before you find out how many Likes I give your frenemy.
  • Huh. Toaster? I think I would have gone with Early Bird, but that's just me. 
  • Bless your heart. 
  • First.
  • FONT!
  • Not sure why you cant get your horizon line straight to keep everyone from getting vertigo, but you are trying, I know.
  • Sharp knife. Rad Pyrex. And that's a whole lot of berries.
  • Remember that time at that conference and it was so funny and we clicked? Hi.
  • Tight crop.
  •  So awesome this not another one of your kid on the swing or clouds or clouds behind your kid on the swing that I shall reward it with a precious and well-earned Like.
  • I Like this shot of your kid on the swing! Really, it makes me happy!
  • I am unabashedly stalking you.
  • I'm hungry, this is food. I could eat the hell out of some food like that right now.
  • Boobies.
  • I love that kind of lunch/location/cloud.
  • Insomnia is a cruel lover.
  • I am a promiscuous Liker. It's just how it is.
  • I want you to see my name. 
  • I want to see my own name. Boom, there it is! ME!
  • Toes are SO sexy,oh, oh, and yours, oh, wow, those toes could grip a paintbrush couldn't they, a paintbrush full of Nutella, and then oh
  • My parents raised me to be optimistic and appreciative.
  • I couldn't think of a comment.
  • Hire me/work with me/invite me to your next thing!
  • Oh you quirky pixie dust girl, you cheer me!
  • Oh you artist you, I take a deep breath of your pixels and blammo! 
  • Oh you goof. I have no idea how you get by when you aren't Instagramming.
  • Sweet composition. 
  • I know I just followed you, and this is crazy, but here's my Like, so Like me maybe?
  • Oh, my existential angst, you have no idea, and so I Like and Like and Like to push back the waves.
  • I feel guilty I just made fun of you to my cat so I'm giving you a Like.
  • Sometimes a Like is just a cigar.
  • I feel jealous of your opulence/hotness/luck and want it to rub off on me.
  • I see what you are doing there.
  • I know this is gonna make your day! You can relax on the refresh now, Cowgirl. 
  • Bold! You get a Like for breaking the status quo, soldier!
  • Are you even serious that you didn't invite me again? Look at my Like. I exist, damn you!
  • I want other people to know we are friends. #insidejoke!
  • I want other people will think we are friends.
  • With this public Like, other people will think we're not feuding anymore. Your move.
  • Do you have serious credit card debt or what gives with all of these things you have?! I like them.
  • So many shades of gray here. Impressive.
  • Triple Word Score.
  • I didn't mean to Like, I was laughing and then it was clicked but what can I do now?
  • I didn't mean to Like, I was trying to click to see what goobers had liked your photo and then, yikes, Like Happens.
  • I forgot I was stalking you and was looking at old photos so this is weird now, isn't it?
  • I never go anywhere. This Like is my magic carpet.
  • Just paying it forward like we're on the Extended Playah, dude.
  • Dang, you are bored and lonely.
  • Dang, I am bored and lonely.
  • I see a dog, I Like. It's just how it is.
  • This means nothing. It's just a "Like." Sigh.
  • I'm a people person.
  • Cool angle. (Note to self, would it hurt you to crouch now and then?)
  • Please never forget me.
  • One of these clicks is going to make me feel so good, finally, oh please.
  • I totally would have gone to that if only you had invited me. IF ONLY.
  • In your eyes, I am complete.
  • Wow, sunsets rock.
  • Wow, cocktails rock. 
  • I want to be you. No, really, I do. Wholly, kids, shoes, husband, everything. Not in a creepy way. But, yeah, everything.
  • Nice saturation.
  • Ouch, my uterus wants a baby.
  • Could you have a baby for or with me? Yours are pretty.
  • This is how we live, one Like at a time.
  • You love the people in your life, don't you, you capture their loveliness, please take my portrait some day.
  • Your captions are tight!
  • LOL. Laughing is so good.
  • Your caption tricked me. I thought I was going to learn something secret by clicking over. Well played.
  • I want to ask you about your app.
  • A Like is a Like is a Like.
  • LIKE is SMILE spelled with an extra M. Also an S. And no K. 
  • Been there.
  • Been there, done that.
  • Thank you for sharing a slice of your day with me. I like seeing your world this way.
  • This is a long stoplight/line/two decades of grueling childrearing/work shift.
  • Thank God It Wasn't Your Feet.

I don't know how to take an iPhone photo of myself using an iPhone to Like your photo.3. Follow @debontherocks on Instagram. We have a feeling she'll like the beats you are throwing down. 

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Reader Comments (10)

LIKE because I simply like this. I like laughing, therefore, this.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBusyDad

1) I laughed really, really hard
2) I didn't know that a 'like' was so loaded and I wish I had been left in my ignorant bliss
3) I laughed really, really hard

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJett

I like you guys.

September 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterDeb Rox

I like this so much.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelisa


September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

::unironically clicks "Like" on Facebook box::

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertwobusy

You pretty much nailed it. I can't even imagine how long it took you to write this!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli


September 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Oh my god, this is FABULOUS. A must read for instagram addicts like myself. Thank you for your brilliance and humor!

Incidentally, just today, a stranger I stalk/follow was traveling in Iceland and I seriously wanted a LOVE button for her shots.

So glad you included your insta@ddress so that I can see your photos.

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

Nice. There are already ways to automatically share all of the pictures that you take on a variety of social platforms. There are also many different opportunities to take your favorite pictures off the camera or tablet and print them or have them made up into different products.

December 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterinstagram print

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