Sunday, 19 March 2017

10 Things I Hate About Instagram

Instagram was my go to app, I genuinely loved it because I love photos, the instant share ability and the snooping obviously, damn anyone with their account on private. Sometimes you fall out of love with things and that is exactly what has happened with my old pal Insta and I.

I blame Facebook. There's always someone else isn't there? Facebook came in with its stupid blue logo, bought out my favourite app and started turning it into a mini photo sharing Facebook. Have they never heard of the saying, "IF it's not broke, don't fix it"?!... Clearly not. First came the dated photos then the numerous adverts, the dreaded algorithm and then blatant Snapchat rip off, Instastories. So in honour of the late Instagram, I'm sharing 10 things I hate about the damn thing.

The Spam Bots
Oh those pesky, spamming bastards. Last week I shared a couple of posts moaning about how ill I was and I was met with comments of inspiring, very cool and nice pic. Who knew a viral infection was so inspiring?! I've started being really petty and replying to them and asking them to stop being spammy assholes but then THEY get offended. HA. More often than not I will flag the comment as spam then block. By 2050 I might have wheedled out crap.

The Follow/Unfollow Game
Bigger bloggers, bloggers just starting out, people clearly in it for the free shit, well established accounts of any sort are the WORST for following then unfollowing alllll the time. It is so obvious to see, one minute they're on a couple of thousands followers then all of a sudden they're following over 2000 accounts and bam, once they've followed back, they unfollow everyone. It's shady, desperate and makes me not want to not have you in my feed at all. Hello block button.

Buying Followers
Search Buying Followers on Twitter you'll be met with a barrage of shitty tweets, it's really looked down on but you may be surprised at how common it actually is. Recently an account I followed had around 6000 followers the following week she either upped her game massively or spent a tenner on 10K new followers. It is painstakingly obvious when people do this and a number of the most sought after bloggers at the moment are guilty of it. I personally think this is quite sad because more often than not the people that pay for the followers have good content, they just can't be arsed to wait for the organic growth.

The Non-Existent Edit Button
Before I start, yes I know you can edit captions, what I want to be able to do is edit comments and seeing as you can edit captions WHY CAN'T YOU edit comments?! How many times have you posted a comment only for a misspelling or grammatical error to be shining back like a beacon? I personally delete the comment really damn quickly and start again but it's 2017, give us another edit button on Instagram, please and don't get me started on Twitter.

The Algorithm
This RUINS Instagram. I never see accounts I want to anymore, my own followers do not see my posts and unless I spam the heck out of people, I don't get to see anything. My feed is boring, I keep seeing photos from 23 hours ago and I'm fed up of sponsored posts. I spent hours scrolling through Instagram, always finding new content but even my explore page is diabolical now too. I hate change. I also will not pay £10 to boost a post for only a quarter of my followers to see when they should be able to see it anyway!

I won't lie, I'm a Snapchat fan through and through, I like the filters too much. I've kinda tried to get into Instastories but I can't. I'll post the odd boomerang but very rarely anything else. I rarely look at others stories too, unless you're on Snapchat, I won't be snooping on your life anytime soon. Instagram was always a photo sharing app and it now feels like there are too many fingers, in alllll the pies because of the video ability. Typical Facebook.

Instagram Pods
I love and hate Instagram pods. Right now, the pods I'm in are fab but I have had to leave a couple due to people being ridiculously strict, too many rules or people just not bothering. Follow the basic idea of them and they're great but I have found in the past there are always one or two that just can't be bothered but will always expect the love on their own posts or one that will scroll through all their likes and comments to check every single person has interacted with their post then throw a bitch fit if one person hasn't because they have a job and a life. You may think I'm joking but that last one actually happened in one pod I was in! If you're looking to create your own, privately message your faves and ask them! It is the best way to do it.

White Flatlays
I cannot tell you how bored I am of seeing the perfectly executed white flatlays. Feeds full of the same style of photos just with different makeup and placing. You could have the best Twitter bants and blog content but if your Instagram looks the same as the thousands of others before you then I won't be following. There is zero personality and it is not original plus times are changing, this theme has been done for years and it's gradually falling behind. Show your personality!

Much like my hate for white flatlays, it makes me sad when I see people's distress on Twitter because an image they adore won't fit into their theme. Just share that photo! Yes, it's been proven time and time again that themes work on Instagram but life really is too short if that is your main worry.

Stealing Images
This is a pet hate of many and something that just gets worse as the years go on. You regularly see images shared by others as their own even though it takes two seconds to credit the original poster. Pinterest images are also shared on Instagram with no credit whatsoever even though in the time it takes you to download that image, you could click through and find the original source and not just credit Pinterest. It's rude, lazy and possibly a lawsuit waiting to happen.

What are your pet peeves about Instagram?

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  1. Right now the follow and unfollow game is winding me up, I've blocked so many people because of it. Also over exposure in pictures where the image looks like it's floating, how can someone look at that and think it looks great? I loved when instagram use to be sharing memories and hobbies and it's so bloody serious these days. I refuse to have a theme and just post what ever the hell I want :) also people who make fake accounts to spy on others and give them hate, that's the most pathetic thing ever, move on with your life! Xx

  2. The follow/unfollow game drives me up the actual wall. I feel like I'm banging my head against a wall trying to grow my numbers!!

  3. LOVE the point on themes. Like who has the time to follow a 'theme' - I just don't get it. Give me personality any day xx

  4. I love this SO much. Instagram used to be my favourite app, but now it's all changed so much. I can totally relate when you get those that comment some really unrelatable crap on your photo. It just doesn't have the same feeling to it anymore, which sucks xx

  5. People following and unfollowing is SO annoying, but can i just say. THOSE PICTURES WERE ADORABLE.

  6. The theme, I hate to see people whining about themes too. Oh and building . . instagrams that are just posing in front of different buildings and doors really wind me up. What exactly does that tell me about your day?
    Amy at Amy & More

  7. Love this post!! I totally agree with white flatlays and themes - who has the time and energy to maintain a theme?! And white themes are just kinda boring.

  8. I am a HUGE fan of the app Followers+ because it shows me without even having to take the time to figure it out who has unfollowed me - Joke is on them, they think they have me as a number on their special little profile, but as soon as they unfollow me they're gone! I don't miss any now with the app ;)

  9. You probably know this already but there is a way to help stop the spam comments? If you go into options > comments > hide inappropriate comments > custom keywords - then I have the common spam sayings like check my page, like for like etc. You can write a whole list of common keywords or sayings just separate them with a comma. I've found that it makes a big difference!

  10. Instagram drives me insane, pretty much for all the reasons you listed, especially the amount of spam and the whole follow/unfollow thing. I'm so fed up of it! I've stopped going on there as much now because I can't be doing with it x


  11. I'm glad you mentioned the theme point. I think there's too much of an emphasis on it and in fact it was this pressure, and my lack of theme that almost stopped me from bothering with Instagram altogether. It's reassuring to know that people as influential as yourself don't bother with it, gives hope for the rest of us haha xxx

    The Frugal Teen |

  12. Instagram is the bane of my life right now. I don't have a theme but I constantly think I should and start trying and then find a picture I love that doesn't fit so I ruin the theme and go back to just posting pretty pictures. It isn't doing me well though as I reckon I lose about 20 followers a day at the moment. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong! I feel like the new algorithm has ruined it for me and other small bloggers!

  13. I feel ya girl with so so much of these!! x

    Abi | abistreetx

  14. Aaahhh the follow/unfollow actually drives me MAD! I feel like calling people out on it but then I think what's the point in wasting my time on them - BLOCK haha!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  15. Love this and it is all so true! I've never heard of instagram pods but it's sounds time consuming! I am with you on the white flatlays I'm bored of my theme and I'm really trying to mix it up!

    Lucy |

  16. Ugh, I had to unfollow the other day because I realised that every other photo was on from pinterest or something called unsplash. Literally looked through and I think 9 of the 14 I counted were not her own photos! Just not the point of instagram is it haha.
    I agree with you on all of these!

  17. I've only just started with Instagram and I have to admit I HATE it! The white, oh man, the white! I love variety and colour, and oh God what is it with everyone using marble in every damn post?! So sick of the sight of the stuff that I could never have it in my home! The perceived obligation to have a theme also bugs me - variety is the spice of life after all! Ok, rant over :D

  18. Ahhhh all these things! I'm guilty of having a lot of white on mine, but not many flatlays (I'm rubbish at them!) and they're mainly of my baby anyway! I hate the algorithm so much - your posts NEVER show up on my feed, I've ended up setting notifications for when you and a few other people post so I don't miss them, how hard is it to put things chronologically too?! I end up looking like a stalker when I like a photo that someone actually shared a week ago but it's only just shown up on my feed!
    Hels xx
    PS. I love your Insta-feed :)


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