It should be no surprise that on a platform like Instagram people fight for the likes. They want to feel validated and they want to feel like people like their content. With Instagram changing it’s algorithm every month, it’s really hard to find out how to get to the top of the explore page. When I first started my page I came upon this thing called engagement pods, specifically Telegram engagement pods. Telegram is an app that is used for messaging. However in recent years it has been used for the sole purpose of creating engagement groups. Now they don’t have to just be in Telegram, many are located on Facebook as well. The ones I will be talking about are high volume Telegram pods. The rule of thumb for each group is generally the following:
- Follow all admins (if you don’t your post gets deleted)
- Like all post within the last 24 hours
- Post a link to your post with out the tracking source line so that Insta doesn’t flag your account
- This is a tracking one https://www.instagram.com/p/B08tPlSHmui/?utm_source=ig_web_options_share_sheet
- This is a none tracking one https://www.instagram.com/p/B08tPlSHmui/
This is what the different groups look like.
There are ones for specific niche’s and then there are general ones as well. Most groups have a 20 – 50 people in them. But some even have over hundreds to a thousand people in them. Don’t want to click through 100 post? For a fee you can have a bot do it hassle free. But by doing this your account gets flagged as a bot sometimes and so it’s counterproductive.
This might seem all fine and dandy and exciting because you are magically hundreds of likes ahead of those with similar followings than you, but there is a danger to this! Let’s talk about why you should NOT use them.
Prevent Partnerships With Brands
Brands have software that tells you how authentic your following and likes are. They can see if your likes are from people that follow you or just random people. When brands see this they may not want to work with you because they know your likes and engagement are not authentic. Most Instagram post sharing URL’s can be tracked by an array of software.
Other Will Compare Themselves To You
Let’s get real, we all compare ourselves to other people. We say this person has X followers but is better than me in this aspect. Imagine someone with the same or even higher following than you comparing your engagement to your post? All because they think your engagement is REAL. But IT’S NOT. How crappy is that. Social media already makes people feel bad about themselves, so why make it worse.
Damages Your Account
Instagram notices when you start getting immediate likes right after you post. And if they are subsequent then it shows that your link is posted somewhere spammy. Instagram also will hide your post more when you do this as well. Another thing is when you don’t use the engagement group, your engagement is significantly lower than your post that you used telegram pod with. It looks rather fishy.
Telegram pods are a false sense of security and give you a false sense of validation. No people do not actually like your post that much. I used them for a few months when I first started because I was going through some hard things so it made me feel good temporarily. But in the long run it took me a while to get back up my engagement after using them. It is terribly dishonest. It will make you look fake. People will feel crappy about themselves because of you.
There are a ton of beauty bloggers/skincare bloggers that use them. You can always tell because their post seem to have no side effects when the algorithm changes. We all follow some of them in the beauty community and I would love to point them out but that’s not my place. No one knows why people do it. It takes up so much time and it’s exhausting. Maybe they’re in a bad place mentally, maybe Instagram is their only form of validation. I just wanted to share some thoughts on why it can damage your account, how it can damage your work with brands and how it can damage your other influencer friends mental health.