Follow Then Unfollow on Instagram
As we are all aware, there are so many great content creators on Instagram. In time, we may start to follow too many accounts and be overwhelmed by the number of images showing up on our feed. Thus, from time to time we may choose to unfollow people who we have lost interest in their work. I have heard some people even reset their account to have a fresh new start, finding and following new interesting users that match their interest more. However, these situations are not what I am going to talk about today.
What is Farming?
I have heard people call this behavior, "Farming." I am sure you are aware of it if you have spent enough time on Instagram. Users who are "Farming," follow you and then unfollow you once you follow back. The unfollow behavior tends to happen within three days after you follow back. You may wonder why or how they want to go through so much trouble to trick you into becoming their follower? Well, many of them are using bots, which is an automated process, so don't take it personally when it happens to you.
How to recognize accounts that are Farming?
First of all, I didn't spend days researching on this topic. I have been an Instagram user for too long, and this is just an observation from my personal experience. Nothing difficult or challenging to catch these users, it is all rule of thumb. If an account follows you without liking any of your images first, it is a red flag. Then look at how many people they are following. If the user is following thousands of people, it is an alarming sign. If you have time to look into it more, go check out that person's feed to see what's on there. I understand that we live in an era in which we are encouraged to love ourselves more and be more confident, but people who are posting their closed up selfies or their beautiful physics most of the time, are very likely to be too narcissistic or egotistical to want to follow your daily, mundane life. I don't intend to generalize or scapegoat people who post this content, but by combining other points that I mentioned above, "Farming" behavior is likely to happen.
What to do with users that "follow then unfollow?"
By all means, unfollow them or even block them so that you don't have to deal with their shitty behavior anymore unless you really love their images. Personally, this is why I rarely follow back strangers anymore. I don't have a big account, but I am still getting twenty to fifty "Farming" users every day. I follow accounts that I like, friends in my daily life, people who I met and became friends with during Instameet, and users that engage with my images or start conversing with me in private. By spending more time on Instagram, I am sure you will figure out your way to deal with this, or if you are encouraged to join me and focus on creating and sharing, then just ignore these self-absorbed people who chase after fleeting fame.
Finally, you may not be aware that you are one of these accounts if you were paying a social media marketing company. Many times I was approached by marketing companies who guarantee to help me gain followers, I had to reply and tell them I am not interested or else they would keep sending me emails. Companies like this usually use automated bots to help you with "Farming," and soon you became a hated account and you won't even get a chance to engage with content creators that you actually love.