Instagram. Follow then unfollow

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

With all due respect, why does it matter!?

Post # 3
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237 posts
Helper bee

This happens to me ALL the time! I always see people following me but then I’ll look at my followers count and its basically the same or lower than usual! I think a lot of people just do it in the hopes that you’ll follow them back, but my insta is basically for personal branding so I don’t really follow anybody but a few insta famous dogs haha!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Not on Instagram but I can’t imagine caring enough to be annoyed by this or even notice.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I have Instagram, but I don’t post anything. I’m not using my account in a way that involves followers, so, while I do have them, I couldn’t tell you how many or if or when any have unfollowed me. 

One reason why I will follow then unfollow someone rather quickly is because their posts and what they liked changed what showed up in my feed. I really dislike it when that happens, so as soon as I ascertain which person caused the change, I’ll unfollow them. I’ll still look at their posts if I find them interesting, but I won’t follow them or like anything they post.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

No idea how many followers I have on Instagram. couldn’t care less

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ll admit that I follow a lot of similar branded accounts to mine in hopes that they will enjoy my page and follow me in return, and if my following count gets too high (there is a cap you can’t pass) I will then go through and unfollow a bunch of them.

My Instagram is a constant stream of income via spnosored posts though, so it’s probably not the same as someone trying to up their personal account where they post pics of cupcakes and sunsets lol.

I’ve really slacked off with my account posting though so I’ve noticed my followers stagnate since my vacation/wedding over the last 6 weeks. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Innerdonught :  So you took the time to create an Instagram account, perhaps selecting a username that encapsulates some interesting aspect of your personality. You didn’t stop there, though. You open and use the app, you scroll, maybe you comment and like photos. And I bet you upload photos of your own, presumably you filter/edit… add a caption… but you have “no idea” who sees it and you don’t care. And then you chimed in on this post to make sure we knew you were more evolved and interesting than the average Instagram trying to reach an audience. Cute!

Post # 9
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Honey bee

spontoise – I’m not sure why you find that so hard to believe.  I only originally dl’d Instagram to follow a specific account because their instagram photos would open too slowly in a browser on my phone from other apps (like twitter).  I started to occasionally post stuff myself but I couldn’t tell you who follows me on any given day or who stops.  I’m far more interested in my actual relationships, not what anyone does on the internet.  Maybe they liked the one post but not my next three, maybe they got bored with me or think I post too much, maybe they realized following a stranger is kind of weird, maybe they decided to cut their list because they follow a lot and it was too much to keep up with, maybe they followed me by accident while scrolling and then realized it later, or they just don’t like me.  It really doesn’t matter.  Nothing I do on the internet is for other people, it surely isn’t for strangers or casual acquaintances on the internet, and it definitely isn’t to maintain some level of popularity or wonder why I’m not as popular as last week.  I post and if people like it too then great, but I don’t pay much attention to the specifics and I follow and unfollow things based on what I like/feel like seeing at any given time, not based on pettiness like the OP seems to want to do.  It’s not a reflection on my relationship at any given moment.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have no idea how many followers I have and I couldn’t care less if some of them decided to unfollow me. I follow people if I like their content and I don’t base that decision on if they follow me.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Are you sure these are real accounts? If they are spam Instagram deletes them. If this is your personal account I wouldn’t stress it. If this is a business page it would be annoying.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

annabananabee :  What you’re describing is indifference – @innerdonought post wasn’t indifferent, it was sanctimonious. If you truly “couldn’t care less” about Instagram followers, why click through on a post titled “Instagram. Follow then unfollow”? 

And 🙄 at “nothing I do on the internet is for other people.” You’re posting photos, right? For yourself? Then why not just open your camera roll? 

Full disclosure: I have a private account for family and friends and a monetized public account. I track my metrics on Social Blade so that I can price sponsored posts appropriately. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about the original post but it’s just so boring to read self-righteous replies by users who leverage social platforms but claim indifference. If you’re posting publicly, you have some interest in reaching a public audience. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I don’t post on Instagram, but I’ll follow people that I know IRL or on Facebook without first stalking their account to ensure I enjoy the content. Turns out some of them are hella boring on Instagram, so I end up unfollowing. 

Not saying that’s what is happening to you, just relaying my own follow/unfollow patterns. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee

Reaching a public audience is different than tracking your popularity and defining yourself by how many followers you have being petty by unfollowing people who have unfollowed you.  I really do do it for myself – I enjoy it.  I’d still do it even if I had zero followers (and actually, one of my accounts has zero followers – doesn’t stop me and I’m not wishing and hoping someone discovers my account and follows me).  Several of my followers are complete strangers to me – I really don’t care if they like what I post or not – nothing changes about what I choose to put online if they follow me or not.  If I no longer enjoy posting stuff in that medium or find it the most convenient way for me, then I’ll stop.  If I no longer enjoy following someone else’s content, I’ll stop. 

And for me, really – most of the people I share my stuff with aren’t on Instagram, but there are people there I follow and I like having my stuff in one place so that when I hand my phone over to my mom or to my friend who has no interest in downloading the app or getting an account himself, I can just say “Here, scroll through my favorites on my instagram list and you can see everything I like instead of “Click on my instagram app to see this really cool cake this account made, then click on my gallery to see this photo of the waterfall I took from my hike,” etc. so I don’t have to use up storage space saving photos I like to my phone gallery.  It’s basically where I curate lists of the stuff I like enough to share to a select few friends – however that sharing might take place – or that I want to track for my own reference and if others follow it so be it.

ETA:  It also doesn’t bother me if people I know unfollow me.  I assume everyone has their own use for apps and are doing whatever is best for them.  I don’t let their usage of an internet app define our relationship.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I couldn’t care less about anyone unfollowing me. Why does it matter?

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