One of the things that attracted me to Cake was the fact that it doesn't employ a "follower" system like other social networks. Nobody will be judged by how many followers they have. Content won't be judged by the number of followers the author has. Everyone is on equal footing, and content will be seen for what it is, not for who wrote it. Now it seems like other social networks want to move in the same direction as well, to the best they can that is.
Two social networking heavyweights, Twitter and Instagram have been toying with the idea of placing less emphasis on follower counts, changing the way the information is displayed on user profiles. Though both networks rely on a system where users follow each other, it's good to see that they are aware of the negative connotations associated with such a system and are trying to fix it so less attention is called to this aspect of social media.
At a time when mental health is a hot topic and the influence social media has on mental health is placed under the microscope, it's good to see action being taken by these social network to try and rectify the situation. But what do you think? Do you think making follower counts less noticeable on social media will make a difference? Do you think follower counts should be omitted from profiles all together and only made visible to each individual user? Or if we are going to the extreme, do you think social media could work without followers all together? Could Cake's system work on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram?