Instagram announced today that they would be clearing up spam accounts and that follow counts may change due to that. With that- people have been posting that Instagram is also taking a hit to giveaways on Instagram.. and now Instagram will be viewing it as us "buying" our followers. This is going to take a huge hit to some bigger IG users and I wanted to kind of speak out about this from my personal views.
I've done my fair share of giveaways + I'm sure many of you have noticed I've been doing a lot more lately.. I enjoy being a part of giveaways because it's fun to give back to people who support you + yes, sometimes that means people will subscribe JUST for the giveaway. There's a high chance that they will stop following you once the giveaway ends + if they don't, chances are they won't be active. To me, I want to have people who truly love seeing my content and will engage. That's the fun about social media- meeting people who have the same interests as you and being able to talk about them.
Sometimes it's really hard to find those people, though. I will admit I get caught up in seeing my numbers jump- but it's clear that not every single one of those people dig my stuff.. or at least come back here to visit any other post beside the giveaway posts. That's okay- I understand my blog may not be for everyone. Joining giveaways is fun + that's why I like doing it. I know I'm going to gain numbers- but maybe not people who necessarily love my content.. and that's where it gets hard for me. I want to host + be a part of giveaways because it's FUN- but I don't like having such high numbers when those people aren't generally into my content.. if that makes sense.
I know that a while back, Facebook stopped allowing people to link it from Rafflecopter or something- so now it just says VISIT (page name)'s FACEBOOK on the widgets... I fear that eventually- we won't be allowed to do giveaways and that bums me out because I love giving back to you guys. I don't know if maybe I'm just overreacting to the situation but it seems like social media sites are making it harder + harder to host giveaways.
I join giveaways because it's fun and it also introduces me to NEW people who may really appreciate what I'm putting into the interwebz. I also really love giving back to you guys and I know that half of you are here JUST for giveaways + that's totally okay- I like winning free stuff, too. I've just really felt this weigh on me lately and today when I saw the things being posted about Instagram- I wanted to hear from others about this.
How do you feel about giveaway? How do you think it's going to hurt / help some IG users if Instagram shuts down giveaways?