If you’re a budding photographer or aspiring influencer looking to gain a following, chances are you’re well aware of Instagram. The platform has helped launched countless people and their art, goods and/or services into the spotlight. It’s also likely that you currently have an Instagram account and are developing it at the moment.
A little research on how to get followers will likely land you on an article that mentions bots. If you really search, you’ll even find articles that praise or shun them and their users. If you interested in an objective perspective, keep reading.
Why do people love bots
People will always try to get the most “bang for their buck.” They look for the path of least resistance and often want to accomplish the maximum with minimal effort. This is exactly what an Instagram bot does for an account if you’re interested in gaining a following without putting forth heaps of effort.
Assuming you aren’t already famous or at least affiliated with someone who is, gaining a following can be a time consuming and labor intensive task. Done right, you’ll need to of course upload quality content and have inspiring captions, but properly hashtag, comment on other’s pages, like other’s comments and try to connect with people. While this doesn’t seem like much effort to those already doing it, the truth is that their actions, while ethical are inefficient.
A bot does all of the commenting and liking of photos for the user at a rate that no truly productive human could match. It frees the user to keep their mind on quality content creation. The task becomes as simple as grabbing a photo, attaching the appropriate hashtag, and putting your phone down. This is attractive to many people because honestly, who doesn’t like to save time?
Why people loathe bots
At this point, you’re likely thinking “if it was that easy, everyone would do it.” Unfortunately, many influencers are and too many this cheapens the social part of Instagram. Have you ever gotten a general comment from an account you’ve never been to on a random picture? Likely a bot. Have you ever received random likes on your pictures with the same hashtags from an influencers account? Likely a bot. The most interesting part of this is that many people don’t know, so it creates genuine engagement on their end and that’s the entire point of the program.
The efficacy and success of bot accounts are a little known secret and shame to the Instagram staff. There have been enough complaints that they’ve been quietly shutting down botting companies citing that they’re out of compliance with the spamming rules in the Instagram user agreement. This has led to many of the most popular botting companies being shut down to include Archie.
The choice is yours
With the facts in hand whether or not you decide to use a bot is entirely up to ethics. An experiment was done where the individual made two photography accounts. They both use the same photos but he only uploaded his content in black and white on white. He chose that account to use the bot on and over a year’s time it far surpassed the followership in his other account.
He likened using a bot to athletes using steroids and came to hate them. Who wouldn’t sympathize with him? If you are going to use a bot, you should probably take advantage while you can. If you interested in how Archie and companies like it came to an end check out this link: https://fredharrington.com/archie-shut-down-instagram/.