Why I Stopped Doing Follow Trains & #f4f on Instagram

I was flipping between writing about Instagram followers (#f4f) and just ignoring it, however I can’t help myself. So here I am. I’m prepared to get some backlash for this, just remember though I am just expressing my own experiences and opinions.

My post today revolves around follow trains and #f4f. I never participated in the hashtag however I did find myself falling into this pit of follow trains. It’s the same principle, you add your name you follow everyone above you and then they follow you back. It sounds great, especially if you’re struggling with followers, or you’re new and you feel like your pictures aren’t getting any recognition. However I soon learnt that it was the wrong way to go about it, at least it was for me.

On Monday my account had 1054 followers, I was following around 800. However I wasn’t enjoying most of my feed, I was missing loads of people I wanted to see so I decided to go through and look at what people post people. If I didn’t enjoy their feed I unfollowed them. Now the thing that happened next was a little crazy. Within minutes of doing this I lost followers in droves; my current follower count is 864. They must all have an app, but what I couldn’t help but think is that most of these people weren’t following me because of me. Just because they wanted a higher number of followers. Which let’s face it, we all want a large amount of followers but what’s the point if 90% of them aren’t engaging in your posts? I lose followers all the time, if I post up a cat picture I will see me lose a couple, but you know what I really don’t mind. I’m not about to check an app and unfollow them back. It’s almost catty (get it eh? I’ll walk away).

I won’t allow this post to turn into a really long rant, as I could easily type forever but I just felt like I needed an outlet. I loved the idea of these, as it really does help you find lovely people however in my opinion it should be there to help people find others. Not as a way for everyone to boost their own followers and not engage with those they follow.

With that said, what do you guys think of follow trains and #f4f?

Speak to you all soon

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xx

P.S. I started a new account with the intention of starting fresh you can now find me @rolli.beauty

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10 Comments

  1. I completely agree and only once did I try a comment pod (to see what all the fuss was about) but left for the same reasons you did.

    I think a lot of it stems from instant gratification and micro-managing social media profiles. The rate and frequency at which people follow and unfollow on a lot of platforms lately are amazing to me because who has that kind of time? (Even with the tools.)

    It is a lot more enjoyable to build an audience and community (small as it may be now and possibly remain) that is authentic and engaged.

    1. Thank you so much babe! Such a great comment 🙂 I completely agree with everything you have said. It is a little insane how quickly people can unfollow and follow people, I mean I consider myself rather addicted to my phone but I still can’t fathom how it’s possible to do it at the same rate they do it!

      Agreed, that’s what I plan on focusing on now! x

    1. Agreed! If you get a follow back it should just be a bonus as it means you both like each others stuff. Never should it be expected!

    1. Totally, I feel like gaining a large amount would literally be just down to luck! I’ve seen great feeds with a really small amount of followers.

  2. This was a very interesting read. I like that you took the initiative to start over because you didnt like where things were going. Keep doing you hun! Whatever you feel is right for you. Also, I didnt even know there was an app that you can keep track of who is following you & who stops following. You learn new things every day.

    1. Thank you babe 🙂 Yeah! Admittedly it was hard starting over but I’m glad I did it! And yeah, I installed it and then ended up uninstalling it. It’s not very healthy! You end up always looking at it when someone unfollows you!

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