I LOVE Instagram; it has to be my favourite of all of my Social Media accounts.
Since spending time getting to grips with it I have felt much more comfortable using it. I love “just popping” onto it and having a quick peak to see what everyone has been up to. When I say “quick” admittedly I spend a fair bit of time having a nose at everyone’s pictures. It gives you some great ideas for activities for children, can brighten up moods with cute and funny photos and possibly my favourite reason: pictures of mouth-watering food!
All this being said there are elements that I dislike about it too.
It really annoys me when people use the wrong terminology. I understand that with all the different types of social media available that it can be difficult to keep up with the different types of words used but take some time to use the correct terms.I don’t have a Page I have a Gallery! Instagram is a place for pictures and photos therefore it is a Gallery not a page. You wouldn’t go to an Art Gallery and call it a museum would you?
2. Bad PhotosAdmittedly I have been known to do this on very rare occasions but it really annoys me to see loads of poor quality photos on my feed. I am not a photographer and I only use my phone to take pictures so the definition and quality will never be 100% but I don’t tend to put photos on that are difficult to see. I understand that it should be and instant photo but how am I meant to like it if the lighting is poor; the same can be said about blurry photos too.
3. UnfollowersLike any social media account you will find that there are some people that you like more than others and therefore you interact with them regularly. If, after some time, you decide that you don’t really like someone on your feed and you decide that you want to unfollow them then that is perfectly acceptable. What annoys me is the people who come and follow you, like 10 of you gallery photos and then instantly unfollow you because they want to create a high and interactive following. I am not 5 years old, I don’t want to play a game of “it”.
4. Unbalanced AccountsYou have just gained a new follower and they have just back-liked quite a few of your photos and you think “Oh, how fab, this user has given me some Instalove. I will go and check them out” but when you do you find that they have 17k followers and are following 273 people. Yes, this makes me want to follow you because I know in an hour you’ll probably unfollow me. We all want more followers and high interactions but there must be a point where you realise that you are just using people?
This is a straightforward one. I hate the Wraps people. No, I don’t want a DM message asking to be part of your team. No, I am not interested in your products and I definitely don’t want a wrap. Okay, that’s a lie, I do want a wrap…..but I want this kind!
Now please stop selling things to me, I want to get fat!6. Pretending you’re a Parent
This, again, links to the previous point. Oh I have a new follower how fab! I need to request them to follow them back, let’s have a quick look at their profile…..aw they’re a Mum and they have children the same age as the boys. Ok, I will request. What? Bloody Hell they’re Wrap people! Stop pretending to be parents and tricking me into buying things!7. People who buy followers!
You look at a user’s account and you see that they have 14.5k worth of followers and you think that they must be popular! Yet, when you look at the gallery you see that they have no more than 16 likes per photo! What’s that about? You may also notice that you have been following them for 9 months and their followers number has never changed; even through with organic growth you should gain around 500 users per year if you are a popular Instagram account especially if you’re part of a community like a lot of bloggers are. The reason the number hasn’t changed is that once you buy them the number stays at that rate. The interactions are small because they have few real users to interact with.Proof of this is when you see fabulous Instagram users with 7k following and have 400 – 500 likes! What is worse is that you know they, off the back of this, have higher ranking in different score charts like tots100 due to their followers number.
I will still continue to love Instagram but I will be a bit more selective with who I am following if this happens a lot!
Do you have things that annoy you on there?