In general, the popularity of a video is based on views more than likes. It matters less how many people bother to hit the like button, what really matters is how many people watched it. But Instagram is based on likes, so when the service got video sharing, the same old system applied. Your self worth was based on how many likes you got.
But no more, as Instagram has announced that videos will be getting view counters over the next few weeks. Hitting the views will show you how many likes you got, but they’re taking a backseat to actual views. Though likes should be more easily accessible and visible from the video itself, seeing the number of views is definitely a better metric of your social media reach. It also means bigger numbers to inflate your ego, so Instagram addicts can rejoice.