Facebook Including Instagram Likes in Photo Like Totals

By: Josh Wolford - July 9, 2013

In what appears to be some new integration between Facebook and the Facebook-owned Instagram, it looks like Facebook is now including Instagram likes in the total like counts on Instagram photos posted to Facebook.

The like totals look the same on Facebook. For instance, for the photo below, Facebook says that 9 people like the photo (me, three of my friends, and 5 other people)…

But when I click further to see who likes the photo, 2 of those 9 likes are actually Instagram likes. In reality, only 7 of those likes happened on Facebook. The other two happened on Instagram, and Facebook is including those in the like total. Facebook tells you this, and allows you to click a link to the photo on Instagram.

What’s interesting is that the photo above was not cross posted from Instagram. It’s an Instagram photo that the user manually posted to Facebook after taking it on Instagram.

I’ve reached out to Facebook and will let you know when I hear back.

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Josh WolfordJosh Wolford is a writer for WebProNews. He likes beer, Japanese food, and movies that make him feel weird afterward. Mostly beer. Follow him on Twitter: @joshgwolf Instagram: @joshgwolf Google+: Joshua Wolford StumbleUpon: joshgwolf

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  • Bobby

    Cool! Is this for business pages as well? Or only works for personal?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/josh-wolford Josh Wolford

      I found it on a friend’s photo. Haven’t seen it anywhere else yet. Still trying to get confirmation from Facebook.

      • Bobby

        Ok, I’ll stay tuned for your update regarding this. Thanks

  • http://buyfacebooklikes.com.au Matt

    Interesting find Josh. It’ll be interesting to find out what Facebook has to say about this.

    If it’s true then it’ll mean more marketers should focus on Instagram.

  • Kelly

    Do you know how to make my instagram likes show on my Facebook picture like on this?