Whoever said, “Money can’t buy you friends,” clearly hasn’t been following the Internet. Nowadays anyone in the social media sphere can buy Instagram followers.
Online PR News – 01-August-2014 – Aug 1, 2014 – From the minute Facebook purchased Instagram back in 2012, Instagram's users have been manipulating hashtags in an effort to get on Instagram’s most popular page. Professional photographers no longer have to try to get to the popular board of this social media netwok – since services like the ones offered at SocialMediaCombo.Net where anyone can buy Instagram followers cheap claim they can increase the popularity of any Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest user.
According to Imel Seda, the CEO and founder of Social Media Combo their clients include celebrities, musicians and politicians who want to seem more popular than they really are. Governments agencies also use their services to optimize their agencies, he said.
Social Media Combo has been in business for more than 2 years already and is the aptly named website claiming to offer legit Instagram followers for sale, as well as the opportunity to "purchase Instagram likes” to optimize your images. Their prices go for: 1000 Instagram followers will only cost $19, while 20,000 Instagram followers will set back a whopping $290.
However, this company is not the only website attempting to make money offering social media optimization services. CheapSocialMediaSEO.com offers a similar service, where 500 new Instagram followers will have a cost of $17.00, scaling up to 20,000 followers at $299.00. This site in particular also offers small bundles of likes at a more affordable rate , costing 2 to 3 cents a like depending on the package purchased with 500 of them setting at just $15 and 5000 Instagram likes fetching up to $100.00. According to the website, you can spread likes as you wish. Buying bulk likes ends up cheaper – from 1,000 likes upwards, the charges drop from 3 cents a like to around 2 cents per like.
Cheap Social Media SEO, which is apparently “owned and operated by a team of four social media marketing experts,” according to their website, did not respond to interview requests via email.
SocialMediaCombo.Net also did not respond to emails requesting more information.
“This is all about power and control, the same thing it’s always been, but now it’s digital and you can do a lot more of it,” said Rick Wesson, chief executive of Support Intelligence, a computer security consulting firm based in San Francisco. Research has also suggested that a single follower on Instagram is worth more than $100 to a brand and Mike Tinmouth, founder of social media agency TSP Digital, said too many businesses ‘get caught up with the popularity aspect’.
Social media giants insist they are taking the problem of bogus endorsements seriously and carry out regular purges. Facebook conducts regular culls and one of its first purges in 2012 saw pop star Lady Gaga lose about 66,000 likes.
Twitter claims that false or spam accounts make up less than five per cent of its total active users. Buying and selling followers is banned by Twitter, with culprits facing suspension if caught.
Google has also taken action to combat the problem, wiping out billions of supposedly fake views on YouTube.
Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion, and much has been written on why Facebook chose to purchase the photo-sharing app. As Instagram continues to grow, it remains to be seen how the app – and the services piggy-backing off it – change, too.
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