Last year Instagram started removing fake follows, comments, and likes from the platform. However, the fight has just got fiercer. Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, has recently filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand-based company that offered these services.
Whether we like it or not, Instagram influencers are a thing and they can make some serious cash from… influencing. But some of them “fake it till they make it” and use all sorts of cunning tricks to appear way more popular than they are. In his latest book, photographer Trey Ratcliff has decided to expose these fake influencers and reveal the tricks they use to create the fake following and get companies to pay them for sponsored posts.
In addition to removing fake accounts, Instagram is now also removing fake likes, comments and follows on it users’ profiles. From now on, the app will remove any inauthentic activity from accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience.
It’s no secret that the fastest way to grow a social media following is to simply follow and comment on other people’s posts – some of whom will then follow you back.
I know several Instagram users who have been using Instagress for years, so in this article, I will share some thoughts on the effectiveness of Instagress and other social media bots, and tips for building an Instagram following the old fashioned way.[Read More…]