Buying followers on social media – yay or nay?
Did you know that you could purchase Instagram followers for just a couple of dollars? Social networks are aware of this new phenomenon, and they are clamping down on this questionable practice and recently, social media giant Instagram reported that it would be eliminating all spammy accounts.
While bloggers have been buying followers on Twitter for years, paying for Instagram follows has reached a fever pitch since “Instagram is such a huge part of how popular a fashion blogger is perceived to be,” explained Alice Wright, the founder of blogger forum GOMI. Instagram has already started to deactivate and permanently remove these accounts. This move will certainly affect accounts that rely on fake users, such as bloggers, politicians, and celebrities. public figures have fake followers. During the 2012 election campaign, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney suddenly had a surge of 116,000 followers in one day.
Of course, it may seem trivial to the average person. Why would someone buy fake followers on any social media outlet? A company that offers this service can charge anywhere from $5 per 1000 followers to $5 per 100 followers. According to the owner of YTView.com, some clients and agencies spend more than $10,000 per month to buy Instagram followers and likes.
The issue of purchasing a social media following isn’t exactly problematic and may not be any of our biggest concerns as a society. Still, it may prompt the public to ask: is this Instagram account’s following organic or was it simply bought?