Back then, the only real form of validation in the form of likes were "comments on pics". And people weren't even that pressed for it. Top 8 however, was another story
There was no such thing as following somebody, and them not following you back. So no real looking down, or that more followers than people I follow complex.
Now, some chicks won't even take you serious if you don't take countless selfies, have 1000 followers and 100 likes on every pic