How to spot spam accounts on Instagram

When it comes to Instagram I have a number of rules to keep my account in good standing order, because we are living in a world where bots are taking over the world.

I block and report any account I think is a spam account, having gone on a massive block well spam today I know not all of them are going to be spam accounts but they did look a little fishy.

My first rule when it comes to spam accounts is, if it has under twenty posts and following more than a thousand people and has less than hundred followers it is probably a spam account. So you might get a couple of likes out of it, or even a follow but at the end of the day it’s dead weight and be nothing more than a dead account, thus bringing down you engagement rate. There are of course exceptions but that’s a judgment call on your part. I tend to go through all the likes and all my followers once a day to check for accounts that fit what I’ve described, I have around five hundred followers so it is easy to do this, if I had more it probably be a lot harder but for now this works.

My other rule is checking the photos which accounts post, often spam accounts post the same photo over and over again, it just to keep the account online, as if you follow loads and like loads without posting much then you are flagged my Instagram, I got locked out of an account in the past for doing as so.

Some spam accounts almost look like real, they follow a lot, they have a descent amount of photos, they have a bio and even have a lot of followers but they are dead wait, check the dates of when the photos are posted and check who follow them, if they are spam accounts, most likely that account is either buying fake follows or is a spam account too.

Now I just blocked an account while writing this who doesn’t fit my rules. The account has about five thousand followers, they all like okay accounts, he is following three thousand (not sure why that is far too messy) but it happens. However he had two photos posted both of which had three thousand likes on them, and half a dozen comments, most of which are generic. To me at first glance it looked real but the guy had clearly brought followers and/or likes to make his account look better.

So my advice, look for bad followers/ following ratio, but only if the accounts are following more than a thousand, everyone has to start somewhere. Look for accounts which have loads of likes but barely any comments on their posts, look for accounts which haven’t posted anything but like and follow thousands of accounts, look for accounts which post repetitive photos, look for accounts who tag the same accounts over and over again either in the captions or in their bio.

Blocking people is not a bad thing especially when they are spam accounts. I think I have around three hundred people blocked on my account, who have either followed me or liked me, some of them you can tell by the user name, often a bunch of letters and numbers mixed together, or the profile picture is an Instagram icon, that is a popular option amongst spam accounts, no icon doesn’t mean a spam account, so be carful when on blocking sprees.

I could have over eight hundred followers however I would prefer five hundred real ones and know they will actually engage in my photos rather than just dead accounts which do nothing. To have a successful account you need it to be credible.

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Time’s Up or Shut Up?

Now, before i get bashed I wanted to tell you a little story before I go into why I think this way. You see a number of years ago, I was dating this guy, he was horrible I didn’t even tell my parents about it, since we broke up I’ve seen him a handful of times and never have the meetings gone that well. He is the reason I sometimes think i’m aromantic, because words like love seem to make me feel shite.  Going on he abused me sexually, verbally and hit me a couple of times, I never reported him because after we broke up, I confronted him and I have never felt so empowered in my life, i didn’t feel the need to ruin his life because ultimately it was child actions and it made me a better person and I didn’t want to go through questions and a trial.

I was fifteen when it happened, and I was seventeen when I managed to fight back, I am not going to lie I got a little violent but I feel like I had a right, I’ve never heard of him doing anything like he did for me, so maybe he learnt, maybe he got better, but the thing is the hitting he could never explain but the touching me he thought i wanted, I never said no and so he did what he wanted until I pushed him away., unable to read the fact that I had been frozen, maybe I’m too nice or maybe I’m an idiot but he couldn’t know what was going through my mind if i didn’t react to what he was doing. I don’t take much about this situation, I actually to most say I’ve never been abused and don’t understand how drunken woman get in to those situations. This goes in to my first point.

I’ve met four people in my life who have told me they were sexually abused in some way or another, two of the stories contain people who were minors at the time and thus I don’t think it is really something you can get out of unless there are not much in your ages. One i do not know the dealies of it, I wasn’t close to the girl but she was dating a friend of mine and he told me, and was asking for my advice how to deal with someone who has been through that trama, the last was a guy, who had been raped by his girlfriend (Technically Sexual assault as the UK claim woman can’t rape for some bullshite reason) All four of theses people went to the police and reported the crimes, the two minors got the adult behind bars for life, the girl, again I don’t know much about the situation but i don’t believe it was a long prison sentence, as it wasn’t rape. The third, well his girlfriend got four years, because yeah the law is bullshite. So everyone I know has been lucky and has got some sort of justice, so that’s why I have an issue with people who ask for punishment of those they never reporte and would much rather have a jury of the press than a real one.

Moving on, my brother is at university and I didn’t know what sort of guy he was with girls when he started talking to someone about all the sexual assaults which seem to happen at university with a friend of his. He was talking how they were being taken advantage while drunk in nightclubs and the whole this disgusted him, i didn’t say anything, i just stood there thinking how they hell do people get in those situations? Harsh I know. I will tell you what I have never had any unwanted attention from males, if I wanted attention I make myself look like I want attention, short dresses, large cleavage and the over the top laughing while playing with my hair.

My friends always call me a slut because of a moment which happened one time, we walked into a club and I must have been there for less than a minute before this guy came up to me, we talked for about two seconds before making out, naturally i walked away from him the moment the kiss ended to return to my friends, but it’s something which people love to laugh about. I got a reputation of being a bit of a slut, but the thing is whenever I told a guy no, or I don’t want to, or said sorry I’m dating someone, or whatever else, they stopped. While at university I probably slept with around ten people, and probably went home with another five, who I just shared a bed with and did not impose of my personal space. I actually broke down crying one time after having sex because I realised I was just trying to fill a void, but the guy didn’t rape me or sexually assault me, he was unaware of how i was filling until that moment.

They say one in five woman are sexually assaulted in their lives, and I’m part of that one, but they also say once you have been sexually assaulted once, you are more likely to have it again. I was never inporaitly touched, kissed, looked out or whatever else you want to say while at university, no matter how drunk I was, how slutty I looked or how much flirting i did. Did I just pick out the good guys? Was I just lucky? I just find it very hard to believe that in all my drunken nights I have never come across a guy that wish to rape me or whatever else. In fact while at uni, I think I heard a total of six stories about such things. There could have have been more, that remained unreported, I think one of the seix stories turned out to be a lie. I think more people died from drugs and alcohol than were raped while I was at uni.

So my point? I didn’t report my assault because I felt like I got the justice myself, the guy has not done anything since, and the first time we dated (When I was around eighteen) He was pretty close to perfect, the last couple of times I have seen him we were just being childish and engaged rather rude words but he didn’t so much as touch me. I felt like I kicked him in the butt and got him to change with my threats and that was enough for me, as I didn’t want to waste money or a trial that would probably end in probation.

Why I have an issue with this moment, for a number of reasons. The first you have people like Orpha and Merly who clearly knew things like rape and sexual assault were going on and said nothing, and now are being seen as heros as they pretend to take theses men down (Just like to add has anyone actually been arrested yet, or is this CHris Brown all over again?) The second a lot of theses people who have claimed theses attacks, are either up and coming and no one has ever heard of them, or they just jump on credible claims and try to make sure they are apart of this movement. Thirdly, not a single person as been arresset, which means a number of things, theses woman, tens if not hundreds of woman didn’t go to the police. I know that’s hypocritical of me to say that, but as I explained I’m over it and reading some of theses reports theses woman are most certainly not, and the men in question have done it over and over and over again.

The only person who I think has justice out of all theses people? Angelina Jolie, when she told Brad Pitt and he went after Harvey. To me she is the only person that actually did something when she was affected by something so horrible, to me she did the right thing. Yes it wasn’t a report, yes she didn’t publically state it but sometimes justice for yourself is enough and maybe she thought he had stopped after that, maybe she didn’t know the full extent of what he had done. With the amount of people coming out stating stuff had happened I find it strange that no one of the accused is behind bars, and that Hollywood are simply just going through the motions and in a number of years this will be forgotten, look at woody allen.

So in theory the Time’s Up movement is nice, but who’s time is actually up because while looking from the outside I don’t see anyone’s life truly ruined, so they can’t get movies? Well, they have enough money that they don’t ever actually have to work again. You can say Time’s Up but until actually people face the consequences and it’s not just bullshite things like sex rebah and awards being taken away, this movement is completely and utterly pointless and showcases the utmost hypocrisy that lies in Hollywood.

Paper is evil.

Okay, this is going to sound dramatic but it’s kinda funny. See I’ve just got back from Cardiff from visiting my brother, for his birthday. He made a comment about the state of my arms and wrist, wondering if I had been in a serious fall. I hadn’t. I would love to tell you a story how I fell from a ladder while trying to save a cat, or that i nearly got mugged but managed to scratch the guy and run off, no my cuts and bruises all come from working in an office.

I am on the clumsy side, so this doesn’t help. I have a dent in my knee which has come about from walking into the same table on a daily basis. Laugh if you wish. In the last week I’ve been up and down a ladder a lot, and honestly I’m surprised I have nothing more than a couple of bruises.

I’ve been typing up invoices, sorting through expenses and filing a lot of paper, like a lot. This has causes my hand to be plastered up, covered in blood and well has made me feel like my hands have been through a war zone.

Now honestly let’s hope it makes my hands tougher, but for the time being, paper is evil.