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ūüĎć likes are sometimes part of the information about a post displayed on the post itself, sometimes in a post footer, like a total number like responses, icons of recent likers, or even a datetime ordered list of likes.


By displaying a summary of likes of your post, you show that there are (and can be more) some light interaction with your post. It also shows immediate feedback to those that have responded to your posts with their own indie like responses.

How to

How to display

There are many methods for displaying the likes under a post, including:

  • facepile
  • chronologically inline with all the other responses (Tumblr style)
  • chronologically listed within a group of just likes, which may come before/after chronological response-type-specific clustering such as comments, reposts. (Known / Ben Werdm√ľller does this on

In all such methods, consider linking from the specific face or chronological response item to the permalink of the respective indie like of your post.

If you are showing silo likes of POSSE copies of your posts, from silos that lack permalinks for such like posts / responses, then you may link them to the user liking your post as a fallback.

How to de-duplicate

If you POSSE a post to a silo, then it is possible that someone posting an indie like of your post will also POSSE their like to that silo, thus resulting your post seemingly seeing two likes from the same one like from that person. Examples:

Since those likes represent only a single actual liking action (the liking of the POSSE copy is just a mirroring of that action to a silo for silo-only readers to see), your post should de-duplicate any such likes of POSSE copies of your posts, and show only a single like, no matter what your display design is for likes.

Duplicate likes can also happen if you POSSE to more than one silo and one person likes your post in more than one silo. In that case, consider preserving all of them, and maybe cluster them, but don't de-dupe. There's no consensus yet though. Up to you!

You can de-duplicate likes by looking for the indie like of your post to explicitly have a like-of link to the POSSE copy of your post, and if such, you know you can count that like of the POSSE copy as a duplicate (and do not need to display it).

Alternatively, you can fetch the user's h-card on their site, look for rel-me links, and use those to de-dupe based on the h-card in the backfed silo like (aka POSSE copy).

When you detect such duplicate likes on silo copies of your posts, you should prefer and show only the indie like on your likes display on your post.


IndieWeb Examples

There are a few IndieWeb sites which receive and handle webmentions for like posts and display them in various ways (as a facepile, as a list, mixed in with other interactions like reposts and comments).

Ben Werdmuller

Ben Werdm√ľller uses Known to display a chronological list of likes of a post, between similar chronological lists of comments and reshares, since 20??-??-??. Examples:

Kyle Mahan

Kyle Mahan uses Redwind to display a facepile of likes under each post since 20??-??-??. Example:

Aaron Parecki

Aaron Parecki uses p3k to display a facepile of likes under each post since 20??-??-??. Example:

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Silo Examples

Silos such as Facebook and Instagram show the number of likes on posts in various ways:


"ūüĎć so-and-so and nn others liked this"

  • inline space/comma separated list of linked usernames/fullnames for some number of likes below a threshold number.
  • inline comma separated list of linked fullnames followed by "and 84 others like this" text, where "84" is the remaining number of likes and is linked to a modal popup that displays a list. - Facebook


"17 likes" - for 11(?) or more likes.

  • inline space/comma separated list of linked usernames/fullnames for some number of likes below a threshold number.


Similar verbs/info/post-types:

  • favorites (e.g. on Twitter)
  • heart (sometimes just a heart symbol)
  • bookmarks (delicious used to have a view of who had bookmarked a URL)

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