Coming from Weatherzone with no likes I have experienced some mixed feelings about like counts. On one hand it is great to get regular likes for my posts, and I have more of a feeling that my posts are valued than I did on Weatherzone. On the other hand I get anxious about when I should like other posts. My natural inclination is to be a lot more sparing with my likes than many other users seem to be and I worry (only a little) that others might notice I'm not generous with my likes. And just this morning in The conversation is an interesting article on an experiment by facebook to hide the like count, although I think the issues that facebook are trying to address don't seem to be much of an issue in this forum. edit: attached image has nothing to do with the post and I can't see how to get rid of it.