PART THREE OF THREE OF THE INSTAGRAM ALGORITHM SERIES. THESE ARE THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES SURROUNDING INSTAGRAMS ALGORITHM
Instagram’s team ironed out the so-called conspiracy theories surrounding Instagrams algorithm about how its feed works and these are:
CONSPIRACY THEORY 1
Instagram does not hide posts in the feed, and you’ll see everything posted by everyone you follow if you keep scrolling. What’s really happening is that with the current algorithm only a small percentage of our followers will see our post, but it’s not because Instagram isn’t showing or limiting it on their home feeds. Instagram explains that it’s because the algorithm places the post so far down their feeds that most of them don’t scroll all the way to that point, so they don’t see it.
CONSPIRACY THEORY 2
Instagram states that” the Feed ranking does not favour the photo or video format but people’s feeds are tuned based on what kind of content they engage with.” This means that if you never stop to watch videos you might see fewer of them.
CONSPIRACY THEORY 3
Instagram’s feed doesn’t favour users who use Stories, Live, or other special features of the app.
CONSPIRACY THEORY 4
Instagram doesn’t downrank users for posting too frequently or for other specific behaviours, but it might swap in other content in between someone’s if they rapid-fire separate posts.
CONSPIRACY THEORY 5
Instagram doesn’t give extra feed presence to personal accounts or business accounts, so switching won’t help your reach.
CONSPIRACY THEORY 6
Shadowbanning is not a real thing, and Instagram says it doesn’t hide people’s content for posting too many hashtags or taking other actions. Aaron Ward states If your posts are not showing it’s due to three reasons:
- A hashtag you are using is currently reported by the community and content isn’t showing. Even if it is one hashtag, it will stop the image showing in all of the hashtags you use.
- Your post has been considered as spam by Instagram’s algorithm, this will happen if you’re promoting a product, service or even a freebie.
- Instagram doesn’t show you posts that you’ve uploaded, instead, it shows you content from other users as it wants to show you new content which you haven’t seen. You can always see the post on your profile.
CONSPIRACY THEORY 7
Instagram Comments do not Have to be More Than 3 Words. There is no evidence that words are weighted heavier than emojis in the Instagram algorithm.
END OF PART THREE OF THREE OF THE INSTAGRAM ALGORITHM SERIES.