Users Form ‘Pods’, Become Human Bots To Beat Instagram’s Algorithm
By Dorothy Tan, 21 Apr 2017
Instagram users who rely on the photo-sharing platform to get their work noticed are becoming the victims of the app’s success—with over 600 million monthly active users, it is getting incredibly hard to stand out.
The social media giant has been taking action to prevent people from abusing its network with bots and over-hashtagging, which makes it even harder for others to find and view your photos.
To fight back against Instagram’s algorithm, some people have started forming “pods”, which are exclusive, invite-only groups where the members agree to like and comment on one another’s posts—this helps to make their posts look more popular and push them higher up on their followers’ feeds.
This is essentially doing what bots do automatically in a manual way—these pods revolves around specific topics, such as fashion, fitness and beauty, and they are social groups that are difficult to get into but easy to get kicked out of.
DL Cade of PetaPixel questions if the obligatory liking and commenting that fuel pods is the right way to go—while it does not break any of Instagram rules, it does make it feel like posting on Instagram is more about collecting double-taps than sharing creativity.
Read more about Instagram pods on PetaPixel—what do you think about them?
Since I've been attacked for just liking back on IG, it's an appropriate time to start a IG pod. Anyone want to join? 100% SUPPORTIVE GROUP!— holly 🐱 (@thekittyluxe) April 17, 2017
New goal for the year: find an Instagram pod to join. Big s/o to @theskimm for always keeping me in the know. I'd be lost w/o you!— Molly Madson (@mollymads0n) April 20, 2017
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