I want to talk about something that has been bothering me lately.
There seem to be more and more groups on Facebook dedicated to like for like style threads on Instagram.
They tend to be threads that are open for 15 minutes – 30 minutes and you have to like all Instagram photos in a thread by a set time.
The reason for this is because since Instagram changed it’s algorithm to stop showing images in chronological order, people have been desperate to get their posts into peoples feed. The images that you see more frequently are the ones you interact with the most and those that have most likes and comments.
The idea is that if you post a photo to Instagram, link it into one of these like threads or comment pods to get it some engagement as soon as it’s posted, Instagram will boost that post in search and in peoples feed.
A few months ago I was feeling a bit doom about Instagram. I had gone from having 150 likes per post to about 30 over the last year.
Feeling the pressure of looking like my account was bad. You know, when people say things like this blogger has 6000 Instagram followers but only 30 likes per photo. BOT USER. FOLLOWER BUYER.
I felt like I needed to do something.
My engagement on Instagram has decreased massively since I stopped following my own advice on how to get 1000 Instagram followers a month because I simply don’t have time anymore.
So I joined a couple of these groups on the advice of a friend and used it for about a month.
If you want to see the difference in my likes, look on my grid. This photo is the first one I put in a thread and this photo is the last one. You can see the difference in the likes while using the like threads and when I stopped.
Here are the pros I found to using the threads:
- The photo got more likes than usual.
- I got a few more followers than normal.
But there were somethings I didn’t like about the threads.
- The followers I got were the type that unfollows a day later.
- I was getting likes from the thread only, not any organic ones.
- The threads were time-consuming.
- It felt wrong.
- Seeing people know and thought had organically popular accounts made me feel a bit disappointed in them. I wondered if others felt the same about me.
- It didn’t have any long-term effects on engagement or interaction.
I think it hit me is when in one of these groups, someone started complaining about people who follow and unfollow.
I thought to myself, well you’re not getting Instagram engagement organically. Who are you to judge? You’re just as bad.
I thought to myself, fake engagement is fake engagement. Whether it’s in an Instagram like thread, comment pod, follow train, botting, following and unfollowing.
It’s all fake fake fake.
You can’t justify it by saying oh but the algorithm. It’s screwing me over. We have to do something! WE HAVE TO TAKE MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS BY DOING THE THING THAT INSTAGRAM DOESN’T WANT US TO DO!
Listen, right. I don’t care if you use follow threads or are in a comment pod. I don’t even care if you use bots. I’m not here to out anyone or uncover all this fakeness in the blogging world and warn people about your dirty tactics. I couldn’t give a shit and I can’t be bothered. I just think some people need to have a quiet word with themselves and decide if they want to fake likes and comments or not.
The thing that bothers me is people thinking being in a like thread is acceptable. But following and unfollowing or botting isn’t.
In my view, they’re both the same and I’ve stopped using like threads now because it feels so pointless and a bit yuck. It’s fake. I was fake.
Have you had experience with comment pods or like threads?