4 Instagram Practices I Will Never Do

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Oh, Instagram. Remember when it was a place where we shared grainy, over-filtered images of coffee, our latest manicure, and friends in the high school highways? We all laughed over The Chainsmoker’s first big hit #Selfie (hard to think of them producing that song after everything else they’ve done!), debated over X Pro II and Valencia, and added those very awkward radial blurs overtop our photos. I remember getting so excited because one of my posts finally got 11 likes so the number showed instead of listing everyone out. Those were the days.

Ever since then, Instagram has become less about sharing those old memories and more about being bigger, better, and more popular. It’s a total numbers game, and with that, people are doing crazy things to try and grow their followings. I haven’t had the best luck lately with Instagram (helloooo, algorithm!), but I have noticed some things that other people are doing, and I can’t quite say I approve of them.

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A quick disclaimer before I get into these: they’re my own personal preference and I do not mean to push them onto you. You may not agree with me, and that’s totally okay!

Also, I don’t love being a negative Nancy, and I honestly don’t mean to be. I just get irritated when I see people doing things that are, for lack of a better word, fake and then seeing them succeed from it.

Serious Over-Editing

Look, I use VSCO as much as the next blogger, so that’s not the kind of editing I’m talking about. I don’t see anything wrong with adjusting colors to fit your aesthetic, blurring out trash cans or an awkward stranger in the background, and other really small surface details like that. What bothers me is when people completely change the photos.

You know the kind I’m talking about: photoshopping in a cityscape outside your window to replace your backyard and things like that. I get it, you want your life to seem more exciting. Hell, I want my life to be more exciting too. But giving the impression that your balcony looks over New York City rather than some parking lot in a small suburb is a straight up lie. Wouldn’t you rather be transparent with your followers and establish mutual trust with them instead of altering the truth?

Using VSCO is rad. Completely altering your photos is not so rad. Click To Tweet

Follow/Unfollow Method

The follow/unfollow method is probably one of the most annoying social media practices EVER! Nothing is worse than falling asleep with X number of followers, and waking up finding out that like 12 of them deserted you over night. This isn’t because you weren’t active for 8 hours, it’s because some people believe that the best way to gain followers is to follow a ton of accounts, only to unfollow them a couple days later. Statistically, quite a few of those accounts will probably follow back, which in turn “profits” the f/uf-er.

To make it even worse, a lot of people use automation to do this. Someone who follows you might not even know they do because a computer program is making the decisions for them.

Summer from Coffee With Summer, posted about this awhile back and it is still SUPER relevant! Check her post out here!

Buying Followers/Likes

Another practice that people do to make their numbers better is to buy them. This isn’t good for two reasons: you’re wasting your money, and it does nothing for your engagement. If you’re looking to collaborate with more brands or become the biggest influencer of all time, people are going to be pretty suspicious if you have 15k followers with only 75 likes per photo. That ratio is seriously off, my friends, and will do you no good.

Instead of buying followers, stay engaged with the ones you already have. Reply to your comments, like and comment on other people’s photos, and follow accounts you actually like. That will get you the engagement you’re looking for.

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Automated Commenting

I’m sure we all get our fair share of those random emoji comments on our photos. Some person we’ve never heard of before dropped a fire emoji and 3 “100”‘s in your comments, and you’re just like “what. what does this mean?”

Chances are this could just be a computer-managed bot, but there’s also a chance that this is a real person’s account. I’m not quite sure how popular this is anymore, but there was a time where some people used automated services to do the work for them. They wanted to grow their following, but they didn’t want to put their own time into it.

From my understanding, they use a 3rd party app to insert generic comments (emojis, “nice!”, etc.) and the type of photos they want to comment on. The only problem is, sometimes people post a picture of a nice sunset, but the caption says they’ve had a crap day and they’re totally discouraged. By auto-commenting “nice!” it gives the impression that you don’t really care about their personal life at all.

Ick.

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What are some things people do on Instagram that bother you? Now is a time to tell all in the comments! Also, is there another social media platform you’d like me to do this for next? Let me know!

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44 Replies to “4 Instagram Practices I Will Never Do”

  1. I agree with you! Although I have to admit that I have over-edited some of my photos (hello pink filter!). I of course wish I had more followers but in the end that doesn’t really matter in life, does it? 😉
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx, Theresa

    1. Eh, filters are NBD! The more the merrier, right?!

  2. Hahaha, I definitely agree with all of these points. I really appreciate when my followers are genuinely engaged in my content and not just following and unfollowing or using an automated service for comments!

  3. I don’t get the automated commenting and follow/unfollow stuff. Just makes people seem skeezy! And I totally agree with the buying followers part: such a waste of money!

    1. It totally is! Like buy shoes instead lol!

  4. I agree with all of these things. I do sometimes hit like too quickly, because I’m reacting to the photo. When the caption doesn’t match the photo like the “I had a crap day,” scenario, I feel a little awkward. I don’t use automatic comments, but because I’m shy, I struggle with commenting.

    1. I mean, I get that. I take that as “I liked the quality + subject matter of your photo, but not your caption” kind of thing, you know? Commenting also gets easier the more you do it!

  5. I have to agree with all of these. To me, the most annoying is the “follow to unfollow”. To be honest, I never knew about the last one. People have bots comment? That was eye opening for me. It’s hard to find real people to interact with on the gram.

    1. It’s not done quite as often anymore since Insta kinda cracked down a bit, but yeah people do it. It’s crazy

  6. Call me naive, but I never even knew some bloggers actually do this..! Eye-opener!

    1. Girl, YES! It’s actually quite disappointing to see!

  7. A couple years ago I did some loop giveaways but then I stopped seeing the point of it- seemed like a total waste of time and very unauthentic!! Like you I also don’t understand the automated buying followers!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. Yeah I’m not a huge fan of those loop giveaways either, but they’re not quite as bad as the other things!

  8. The follow/unfollowers have been CRAY CRAY lately! I send messages now because I think it’s so messed up and inauthentic. They will legit do it the next day. SMH

    1. That’s a good idea, though!

  9. over editing is very easy to spot! I agree!

  10. I couldn’t agree more! But I didn’t know that automated commenting was a thing… that’s disappointing.

    xx
    The Felicia Renee | a minimalist lifestyle & beauty blog

    1. At first I thought they were all bots until I read someone actually tried it themselves! I was shocked!

  11. Agree with all of these! Following & unfollowing drives me nuts!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

    1. F/Uf is the worst!

  12. I totally agree – I get so annoyed by these practices as well, especially the f/uf and automated comments! And yessss, those were the good times when the toughest decision was to choose between filters haha!

    1. Wish we could go back to those times!

  13. Oh my goodness yes. I hate that people buy followers. That’s so dumb and fake and makes me mad. Haha I kinda miss the old days of just sharing whatever the heck you felt like and not having to have this perfect theme and aesthetic happening. I guess twitter is where the spontaneous stuff goes now.

    1. that’s why I love Twitter! anything goes there!

  14. Auto commenting and buying followers is so annoying to me.

  15. I always read about how bad it’s to buy followers. I never tried it, but I would do it just for the sake of it and see what happens. I think it’s fine to buy a few, and have more organic followers that bought ones, not 15k bought and 100 organic.

    1. Nah, it’s not for me at all. There’s much better things to spend money on

  16. The follow unfollow method drives me BONKERS. And so does the automated commenting. Why, Instagram, WHY. Those people should be deleted off the gram.

  17. Ugh. I hate so much the follow/unfollow. A girl literally did that 3 days straight. Seriously, if I don’t like your photos I won’t follow. When I do it’s like a commitment and I would hate to unfollow after a few days.

    1. Dude that happened to me too! I ended up messaging them asking them to stop lolol

  18. I never know what to do with those random emoji comments!

  19. Same here girl! I will never do any of these…especially the stupid follow/unfollow game. It annoys the crap outta me!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    1. It is SO annoying!!

  20. These are brilliant tips! I hate follow/unfollow and those emoji comments.

  21. Love love love this post Anna! I was planning to write a post of my own experiences with IG, too. This just gave me even more inspiration 🙂 It’s crazy what people will do to climb that IG ladder..

    1. Thank you Sharon! It’s so crazy!

  22. saralaughedblog says: Reply

    A lot of influencer agencies now even have filters to tell if someone has bought followers! I hope that discourages people. It feels like cheating to me!

    1. That’s so interesting! It is def cheating in my eyes as well!

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