Lion of the Blogosphere

How to get popular on Instagram

I previously wrote about Instagram.

The question here is how do you get people to look at your photos? (Maybe that leads to a higher level question of why it matters if people look at your photos? Well, having over a hundred thousand followers might have some real-world pecuniary benefits. But increasing your followers from one hundred to one thousand is just pure vanity and narcissism.)

It’s clear that merely having photos that don’t suck (only 5% of Instagram users or less have photos that don’t suck) doesn’t really do that much for your popularity. Even on the most popular page where Instagram shows you photos that have thousands of likes posted by users with tens of thousands of followers, most of the photos suck.

Many of the most popular people on Instagram are popular outside of Instagram. For example, if Britney Spears (or whoever is really popular these days) started posting photos of herself on Instagram, she’d instantly get hundreds of thousands of followers as soon as she announced her account.

In order to boost my followers from a measly few dozen to over 300, I tried to be more strategic in my use of Instagram.

My first strategy was just to put a lot of hashtags on my photos, so people browsing that hashtag would see my photo. This doesn’t actually get as much attention as you might think. Generally, even a quality photo, loaded up with hashtags, is only going to attract ten likes at the most from hashtags.

The next strategy I tried was to like a lot of photos posted by other uses with the same sort of hashtags that I use. I had to learn to hold my nose with respect to clicking the “like” button. I had to remember that “liking” a photo isn’t about actually liking the photo, but about attracting attention to myself.

But then I learned the best way to get followers is to follow other people. According to what I read on the internet about this, by following someone, there’s a good chance they will feel some sort of moral obligation to follow you back. At first, I didn’t want to follow people posting crappy photos because then I’d have to see their ugly photos in my feed. But this week I learned to be more sociopathic in who I follow. As soon as you see them post a crappy picture of themselves looking into a mirror, a crappy picture of what they ate for lunch, or some something from a meme generator, you just unfollow them! There’s no downside to unfollowing someone. Instagram doesn’t tell you when people unfollow you.

With my more strategic and sociopathic Instagram strategy, I have managed to get my followers up to 300, and a photo I posted this morning already has 61 likes. But it was way too time consuming. I think the next thing I have to do is learn to use a robot to do this for me, although using a robot runs the risk that Instagram could ban your account.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Posted in Photography, Technology

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  1. Social media is basically insane and soulless. It’s a triumph of the long march of advertising/PR. Now each individual feels obligated to have a brand. To be a star. Like their life doesn’t count unless it’s photographed and commented upon. It’s narcissism and insecurity and purely materialistic.

    fakeemail

    July 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    • We live not in front of a camera, but before our family, ourselves, and God.

      fakeemail

      July 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    • Social media is for the goodlooking and women. Beta males need not apply.

      JS

      July 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    • “It’s narcissism and insecurity and purely materialistic.”

      . . . and one of the more effective ways to subtly spread the truth of HBD.

      Robert

      July 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM

  2. If you don’t have anything interesting to say, you can just skip a day.

    ScarletNumber

    July 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    • If you don’t have anything interesting to say, you don’t have to comment.

      I swear, as soon as you try to do something positive or productive in this world, some douchebag will come and try to piss all over it. Btw, this post is interesting because of the social dynamics behind social networking, not the obvious “derp, guys like pretty girls derp…”

      shiva1008

      July 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

  3. Lol only proles use Instagram

    User

    July 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    • Facebook became prole when everyone’s parents began using it.

      Instagram however is fresh, trendy, and SWPL. It’s the new “cool”.

      precisekumshot

      July 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

  4. That’s easy- be a hot girl and put up pictures of yourself.

    thrasymachus33308

    July 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    • winner

      happy cracka

      July 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

  5. c’mon Lion, you’re overthinking this. Just be an attractive female, not that there’s anything wrong with that. People, both male and female, like good-looking females.

    James McKeane

    July 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

  6. Carlos Danger could get really popular on Instagram really fast.

    GMR

    July 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

  7. But increasing your followers from one hundred to one thousand is just pure vanity and narcissism.

    Being a bit arbitrary there.

    Many of the most popular people on Instagram are popular outside of Instagram.

    You could pretend to be a famous person.

    I learned to be more sociopathic in who I follow.

    Might want to replace ‘sociopathic’ with ‘strategic’.

    We live not in front of a camera, but before our family, ourselves, and God.

    The vain and stupid are laughing at your superior morality.

    I think that this one is uncouth.

    Why?

    c’mon Lion, you’re overthinking this.

    As usual.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

  8. Am I understanding this correctly. There’s a treasure trove of lion photography that’s been kept from loyal readers? What bad customer service.

    islandmommy

    July 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    • Maybe I will share it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 23, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      • Yes! We want to see your photography. I promise to follow you.

        rivsdiary

        July 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      • “Yes! We want to see your photography. I promise to follow you.”

        He’s just toying with us. Within one heart such diverse mind…

        islandmommy

        July 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

  9. Not sure if you’ve read about it,

    but Christopher Abbott, ‘Charlie’ from Girls left the show.. Lena Durham not particularly worried.

    http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/lena-dunham-on-christopher-abbotts-departure-girls-doesnt-rely-on-guys-2013106

    L

    July 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

  10. I don’t know if it’s been noted elsewhere here, but the blogger known as Feministx is back. I think some readers here may have followed her previously.

    http://feministx.wordpress.com/about

    Julian

    July 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    • Why would you want to feed attention to a narcissist who would probably stomp your head into the ground if she could legally? Are you some kind of masochist or something? Have some self respect…

      shiva1008

      July 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

  11. I clicked the “like” button on this blog. Now I am going to be popular too. Is that how this works?

    Anyway, why are you posting pictures on Instagram? Your loyal followers are on WordPress.

    Blog Raju

    July 24, 2013 at 5:56 PM

  12. An interesting analysis would be a statistical study analyzing the correlation between follower-following ratio to hotness.

    I’ve observed that improving, this ratio seems to be the most important thing to women on there, to the point where they will unfollow their nearest and dearest.

    Starke

    August 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM


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