sometimes I just don't get the internet ...

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    Jan 30, 2016 8:40 PM GMT
    So it turns out you can make money selling your instagram account if it has a lot of followers:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=selling+instagram+account

    The first two non-advert links, viralaccounts.com and fameswap.com buy popular instagram accounts.

    If an individual buys an instagram account that I'm following and the buyer isn't what I'd follow I'll just immediately un-follow them. (I'm following guys who work out and have hard bumpy abs, which I crosspost to my tumblr page.)

    I can see where buying an instagram account could give you a jump start if your pictures are quite similar to the previous account, but it seems risky to me. I guess some people have money to throw around.
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    Jan 30, 2016 8:50 PM GMT
    It's the same reason why some companies pay talentless hacks such as Kim Kardashian money to promote random product placements.

    The response rate for such advertising is usually less than 2%

    So with a crowd of 40 000 000 followers the general rule of thumb is (40 000 000 * 0.02) will respond to this form of advertising
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    Jan 30, 2016 9:02 PM GMT
    Painted said...

    Ah, so it's a numbers game with percentages. I guess I kind of get that. I don't watch tv any more but it's probably like those 30 minute infomercials they'd show late at night; there are just enough people who buy what they're selling to make it profitable.
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    Jan 30, 2016 10:01 PM GMT
    I would think most followers would be unaware if an instagram account was sold to a company. Essena O'Neill and others revealed how those with large followings are approached by companies and then paid to advertise products. Stands to reason that if a company buys an account they would retain the services of the "face" as an employee.

    So followers are still looking at the same person, with the change of content no longer being under their direction.
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    Jan 31, 2016 12:10 AM GMT
    FN_R5000I saidI would think most followers would be unaware if an instagram account was sold to a company. Essena O'Neill and others revealed how those with large followings are approached by companies and then paid to advertise products. Stands to reason that if a company buys an account they would retain the services of the "face" as an employee.

    So followers are still looking at the same person, with the change of content no longer being under their direction.

    I would have thought so as well but the instance that made me aware of it is someone I followed where on my instagram feed he had a post saying he's selling his account. Clicking on his name brings up his page with all of his posts and the one announcing the selling was the only post, so he'd deleted everything else. My thinking is that he doesn't want the buyer to feel like they'd be confined to whatever his previous followers expected. He may have researched it and is following a "best practice" for selling your instagram account.

    He had something like over 200,000 followers, but at least one less now, which is why I wouldn't have announced it. I'd think that people would start un-following since they know the content will change.
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    Jan 31, 2016 6:45 AM GMT
    I've seen this happen a few times. A couple of them were kitty/puppy pics. ( icon_lol.gif ). The account was doing well. Consistent and frequent posts. Original content, and a few regrams here and there. Then the posting stopped for a bit. And then posting started again. But it was all to promote another IG account and some other website. Something like.. "Hey check out my friend's IG/website at.."

    And then every post was about promoting another IG/website.

    Unfollowed.
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    Jan 31, 2016 4:43 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI've seen this happen a few times. A couple of them were kitty/puppy pics. ( icon_lol.gif ). The account was doing well. Consistent and frequent posts. Original content, and a few regrams here and there. Then the posting stopped for a bit. And then posting started again. But it was all to promote another IG account and some other website. Something like.. "Hey check out my friend's IG/website at.."

    And then every post was about promoting another IG/website.

    Unfollowed.


    yo0u subscribe to kitty puppy links? no judgment. I just think its cute.
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    Jan 31, 2016 4:47 PM GMT
    Social media is so fucked up. It's actually interesting to see it evolve, but I just can't stand it.

    And yeah, it's cute that dude looks at the puppy and kitty pics. I do too, but only if you count the embarrassing ones on Imgur.