You’ve probably experienced this yourself. Just after you posted your awesome selfie on to your Instagram account, you immediately either got a bunch of likes, found some nice comments or had some people followed you (or all of the above).
You felt overjoyed to know that someone had actually like your ‘mug shot’! They even left some comments (they must’ve had liked you a lot).
As a bonus you got some new followers too! Everybody wanted followers, who didn’t! It was like Christmas.
That was until you decided to check their profiles and when you found out that alas these new fans of yours were just a bunch of fakers employing some bots to do their works.
These days you can very easily ‘hire’ bots (software program to automate some defined tasks) to auto like, auto comment and/or auto follow on your account’s behalf for less than $1 a day. Just Google the keywords ‘Instagram bots’ and you will be presented with a list of probable candidate service providers.
Why would people use these automatons? Simple, everybody wants lots of followers, they want it now, but they don’t want to do the work!
For the most of us ‘victims’ though, the bots problem has become too pervasive that it has made our day to day Instagram experience turned a tad sour.
Well, fret no more because finally Instagram acknowledged this issue by actually doing something practical, which I must say pretty surprising coming from Instagram which lets be honest hasn’t been the best example of a good customer support.
On November 17th, 2015 Instagram posting a new set of rules which must be adhered by all third-party app developers (that would be the programmer who created the bots).
The new rules say that if someone wants to create a new third-party Instagram app, the app must start first in a Sandbox mode during development and testing.
In Sandbox mode, the developed app can only have a maximum 10 user, and can only see the last 20 photos posted by those users. In other words, the new app will only have a limited access to Instagram.
And then when it’s time for the app to go public it has to go through an official review and approval process before it can be unleashed to the mass!
These two things, Sandbox mode and review process, were not required before. Hence anybody writing a third-party app was free to create and do anything they like. This will now change!
Developers can no longer create what ever they like without official approval stamp from Instagram.
Shifting through the list of what is and is not allowed on the new Platform Policy reveals that the scope of things that a third-party app can do is pretty limited. And if my interpretation is correct, the automation apps like we’ve been discussed above will not passed the review process!
What about the existing bots? Well they have until June 2016 to get themselves reviewed and approved. My guess is that none of the bots will get approved and their access will be cut off from Instagram.
I’m really looking forward to the day when we are free from all bots, just like how Instagram used to be.
What do you think? Do you like this move from Instagram? or you actually think that it’s not a good idea? Ping me on the comment.