You see Instagram was always something NOT SO important to me, but after Flickr “THING” happened I thought well I do not have time to sort out 3k of photos and since there was more people that I knew on IG I will give it a shot.
Honestly I didn’t know all those IG tricks so I went on with posting photos that I liked. Tagging them, tagging other “BIG FEATURE ACCOUNTS” bla bla bla… You know the drill…
Later on I discovered that it was too much. But I heard that you need to “engage” more with other people and with IG and be nice to Algorithm. Hmmm lets try it I said, why not, I will do what they want and it will be OK….
NOOOP it wasn’t, it was stupid…. I saw all those accounts rising and accounts with 50 posts and 100-300 followers gaining 3-5k followers in 1 month…. I thought what a heck is going on here?
In that time I was posting cool and decent photos every day, engaging with other people and “Algorithm” but I was still at starting line…. So I went out to see what is actually going on. And there it was one account that I started following when he was at about 200-300 followers and 20-50 photos (nothing special but nice photos) was now after 2 months at 10-15k followers and with maybe 10 photos more?!?!?!?!?!?!?
I was so confused and felt so stupid about what I just saw and what I was doing. After some time I learned that there is something called “BOTS” in IG world and that it is really cool. After understanding what they are I decided not to use them since I saw them as something really bad for all of us, so I went on with my standard hustle routine and kept grinding and waiting for my time to shine…
Guess what? It DIDNT happen…
Then I decided OK 1k photos on IG is maybe too much, posting 1-2 photos daily is maybe too much, tagging all those “FEATURE” profiles is maybe too much, using all 30 tags is maybe too much bla bla bla…
I changed all of that and waited to see if something will change….
Guess what? It DIDNT!
I almost give up on IG since I didn’t care anymore for few months, but I wanted to keep my presence on that platform for one single reason EVERYONE HAVE INSTAGRAM! So I decided to do a clean start.
I said to myself, I will chose and post just photos that I really like and that are really interesting. I will post 1-2 photos in one week and keep it going. I hopped this could work since in my head it sounded perfectly fine. 1-2 photos weekly, really nice and eye catching photos, nice tags and it will work. IT MUST WORK!
Hmmmm as you guest it , IT DIDN’T!
Then I said to myself heck with it lets see whats going on with those “BOT” things. Yeah you red it correctly I decided to use BOTS since it was killing me not knowing this side of IG…
Before I started I make sure my profile is looking nice and COOL. I contacted my guy and we started with Instagram BOT. Later on I made my own IG bot with a Pi 😀 but that story is for different time.
HOLLY MOTHER OF GOD.
I couldn’t believe it, I felt overwhelmed, this can’t be… 400-1k likes on single photos in one week, followers are building up like crazy…
IG BOT ON
Now I get it, you were stupid Alen! Why did you put yourself thru all of that when this was working. When it was important to use it you didn’t since right now it doesn’t even matter anymore, that train is gone and all cool kids are on it and enjoying fruits gathered with BOTS…
TIME TO TEST MY THEORIES…
I have had this theory that without BOT there is no reason to use Instagram because there are simply too many of those “FEATURE” profiles and you have no chance if you are not “YOUTUBER” or so, and if you are not 24/7 on social media… I decided to stop the BOT and keep doing what I was doing with it to see what will happen.
JUUP my theorie was UNFORTUNATELY corect.
Immediately after stopping BOTS everything STOPPED. No more likes, no more followers, no more comments, no more features NOTHING. It felt like someone turn off the lights and there it is, your profile somewhere in it but no one knows where…
I kept posting and what I discovered was really shocking! Not just that everything stopped but what happened is it seems that my new posts people are not even seeing at all…. I have no idea what was going on but I heard there are some kinds of “SHADOW” bannings or something and I do not know if this is true or not but something was happening for sure!!
I was thinking for a while how is this even possible. Profile that have 4.3k followers posts one nice photo with 30 tags and gets just 70-100 likes. IT DOESN’T MAKE FREAKING SANSE INSTAGRAM. But this just confirms my theorie that Instagram is doing something to stop your photos showing up…
On top of that there are ADS. That are showing every 3 post when I scroll true my feed and it is just terrible. I follow 130 people and I am seeing posts from few of them constantly and from others there is nothing on my feed even if I do follow them and would like to see their post Instagram thinks differently. Here have some paid promos but posts from people that you follow well we will hide them, no need to see them here have some adds instead!?!?!?
What I think of them is simply this: THEY ARE TERRIBLE AND SHOULD NOT EXIST. PUNKT!!!! When you want to see something new and simply go to search and “MIGHTY ALGORITHM” shows you photos depending on your likes and interactions it shows some nice photos that I like but if I want to see creator of this photograph I have to search and search and investigate because that image is on “FEATURE” profile and name of this creature is somewhere under in endless description and finding it means I finally came to this creator to leave a like and comment, hmmm noooop I DONT DO THAT, I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT in this endless sea of photos… I just wish there are no “FEATURE PROFILES” at all and photos that I am seeing and leaving likes to are actually posts from original creators. I HATE IT!
Well it is actually simple. I definitely want to keep my presence on all those social media platforms BUT I am not going to give them my time anymore, I am not going to work for them for free, and I am most certainly not going to play this weird freaking social media game anymore. I have life to live….
From now on I will have my social media profiles and I will post there but it will be strictly photos that I like the most and that are representing my Photography. How many likes and followers I gather is not important anymore since avery crap those days is being reposted and featured so it doesn’t matter really.
INVEST IN YOURSELF
What I will do is simply write and share my photos and stories on my website thru my Blog Posts. I find it much better option since I will be able to tell a story and share those photos and anyone that comes by can see and enjoy images that goes together with that story. NO MORE double tap and bye bye 😀
I know this one was between rant and my experience but I do hope you found it interesting and helpful.
I will delete my old Instagram profile. And I decided to uniform my whole social media presence. That means new Instagram, Facebook page, Flickr, Twitter etc. I will link all of them under so you can check them out and follow along if you find them interesting. Have a nice day and keep shooting and enjoying your Photography 🙂
INSTAGRAM FROM FACEBOOK we are done!
Here is the follow up on my new Social Media Approach so if you want to read it, you can do so here: https://alenmakota.com/2019/12/05/photography-social-media/
And here are the links, so no matter what platform you use it will be the same and you will be able to see my posts without platform restrictions and rules that makes it so difficult to adjust every photograph for different layouts.
My Instagram Profile: https://www.instagram.com/alenmakota/
My Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alenmakota/
My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/alenmakotaphotography
My Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/AlenMakota
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