11/01/2016

An Open Letter to Instagram Unfollowers

open letter to Instagram unfollowers
What would 2016 be without more discussions about Instagram? After all it will still be one of the most popular social media channels this year, and it will even keep on growing because people have just started to earn money over there last year. As you may remember I already did some Instagram rant last year with the post '5 Things that Annoy me about Instagram'. One of my 5 points were the Instagram unfollowers. However while they were a minor problem back when I wrote that post, I feel now that things are getting serious on Instagram, they have made unfollowing some kind of competitive sports. So this open letter goes out to them:

open letter to Instagram unfollowers

Dear unfollower,


I couldn't do otherwise but notice that you no longer figure on the list of my followers. You surely know of the existence of tools such as Iconosquare or InsTrack, that make it easy keeping my current Instagram situation in sight. I even highly believe that you, too, are a regular consultant of such tools. No other circumstance could explain how you can systematically unfollow orderly Instagram users after exactly 24 hours. After observing your guild for a while, I find it not hard to determine your purposes right from the minute you give me your precious 'follow'. In the unwritten rules of Instagram, it is pretty clear that someone with 10k followers and 300 followings, does not simply like the feed of an average Instagram user like me. This yet alone reveals your dishonest ulterior motives, even to an unaware hick like me.
open letter to Instagram unfollowers
However as you seem to regard this method to gain your thousands of betrayed followers as some sort of competitive sport, I made it my Instagram pastime to find the best way to annoy you and make sure your tactic bears no fruit with me. However it turns out you coldheartedly continue your stroke, no matter how I react. I tried it with following you back, so you get what you want. I also tried to ignore your account completely, so you forget about me and the fact that you followed me. Last but not least I went over to the candid method of congratulating you on your wonderful account and thanking you dearly for following my humble, motley bunch of pictures. Your answer was always the same: A cold, quick and wordless unfollow. Please be ensured that not even the cutest selfie of your adorable face can now revise the opinion I now have of you.
open letter to Instagram unfollowers
Even though you brought me some moments of joy and happiness about my now improved insight into human nature, you should perhaps know that your little game may have more far-reaching consequences, than you may imagine in your pink and white world filled with kitties and candies. Unfortunately your highly clever and subtle game happens to temper normal users delight over this wonderful app that we all love so dearly. The people out there who still try to reach their followers in legit ways, and who believe in only following accounts they love, may in some way get irritated by your play. So in order to do them, and yourself a favour, please go and pay 5€ to buy yourself the bunch of followers that you apparently need so badly to push your self esteem, instead of annoying us hardworking but honest Instagram gals with your childish games.
open letter to Instagram unfollowers
Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Yours truly,

9 comments:

  1. I was one of these persons that were always following back followers.. then I decided that was definitely not worth it - unfollowers, yes. Now when I got a request to be followed, I check the profile of the person/blogger. If it is interesting, I am following back, otherwise I will not. Very often after realizing it, most of these people unfollow me anyway.. but it is not a huge deal for me!


    Corie

    Barefoot in Luxembourg

    www.barefootinluxembourg.com

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    1. Yes, I also still follow back if I really like the account. For me the most important thing on Instagram is following accounts that inspire me, so it's okay if they don't follow me back, I just don't like these childish games some people play ;P

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  2. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS! I seriously hate serial unfollowers. It's one thing to stop following someone after a while because their instagram feed isn't what it used to be. It's another thing completely to just unfollow after 24 hours. Ugh.

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. Yes, you're right! I'm also wondering where those people take the time to stay so organized and know which accounts they just followed and will have to unfollow xD

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  3. This was such interesting and witty letter Carmen! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and agree with everything you stated in this letter! There is nothing more annoying than those serial unfollowers that just seek meaningless numbers!
    Love your Insta by the way - you always give me so much inspiration! :)

    www.callmemaddie.com

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    1. Thanks so much Maddie! And I really feel it has become worse with this unfollowing over the last months... But I'm so glad you like my account, and also that I finally noticed yours ;D

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  4. YES GIRL YES

    And may I just add that due to the follower tracking apps, I find myself feeling quite sour about this, even though it's not all about the numbers. Quite often I find people who keep following, then unfollowing me up to 2-3 times. The only conclusion I can draw is that they think I am their exact target audience and once I notice them I will give them a follow. I just end up blocking most of them, so that they stop doing that cause it's really annoying seeing the same name pop up as they start following me again and again.

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    1. Yes, you're so right! Those who do this more than once are sure the worst! So good that you simply block them, I should start doing that, too :D

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  5. oh my God! this is too on point! sometimes i wonder why those with 10k-20k followers follow me. however, i dont instantly follow back people, unless they're exceptional and inspirational, of course. a day after, they will unfollow you! gosh! i think, they're after the 'follow back' rule that some other users do. whether you follow them back or not, one thing is for sure. THEY WILL UNFOLLOW YOU A DAY AFTER. -_-

    Kai | www.lilpink.info

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