March 9, 2017

The chess game of managing Instagram.

For those trying to grow followers Instagram doesn't make it easy and neither do most app makers. You can only follow 7,500 on Instagram and of those maybe 2,500 will follow you back, keep following you, engage with you. So when you hit 7500 you have to figure out how to get rid of the deadweight of 5,000 people who don't follow back.

The annoyance of third party apps.

Instagram has no easy features for spotting those who don't follow back, those who have unfollowed you or those who don't engage, so you must resort to a third-party app to do it. There are thousands of third-party apps for this, but there are many pitfalls:

  • Many make you purchase "coins" in order to delete followers/unfollowers.
  • Many charge monthly fees to delete follows
  • Instagram regularly changes its terms of services and blocks apps that don't comply.

The reason for all the annoying coins and monthly fees is that many Instagram users want to grow their accounts, so the third-party Instagram management app market is extremely lucrative for developers. Even more unfortunate for purchasers is that apps that use coins or charge monthly are just as likely to stop working as apps that charge a one-time fee. With Instagram continually limiting more and more access to developers, authorization for these apps can disappear at any moment. So you may find a great, inexpensive app, but one day it's just dead.

Cleaner for Instagram.

At the moment Cleaner is working. It's been around for quite a while and all features are just $2.99. This app has many tricks, but the two most important are:

  • you can easily unfollow those who don't follow back.
  • you can easy unfollow ghosts.


Ghosts are people who follow you but don't comment or like. It's logical that you'd unfollow those who don't follow back in a reasonable amount of time, but why unfollow people who follow you, but don't engage? Instagram penalizes you for having lame followers. The more you have that don't engage with you the more

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