My open source Instagram bot got me 2,500 real followers for $5 in server costs

Tim Grossman, Free Code Camp, Instagram, Apr 04, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The author's Instagram bot is described in detail in this post, with links to Github and to a lot of documentation on the various tests he ran. Stuff like this is why Facebook is in trouble and why Instagram isn't worth the effort. I don't use Instagram at all and left Facebook last August. But even closer to the core of the problem is this statement: "Likes and engagement are digital currency..." No they're not. They are dross. The number of followers you have is meaningless, just as meaningless as the number of people you follow. Amassing quantity is industrial-age thinking. Creating quality is millennial thinking.

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