You open up Instagram. You see that someone has posted a photo you took. They say stuff like, “Congratulations, you have been featured!”
Are they featuring you out of the goodness of their heart?
While I was running the @IgersSF account, I would notice that featuring photos more often benefitted the @IgersSF account than the folks I featured in terms of likes and follows.
How can you tell the difference between a hub and a real Instagram community?
- Hubs never asked your permission to post your photograph. More in depth details on this at DIYPhotography.
- Hubs hardly if ever communicate back after they featured you.
- Hubs have owners that are elusive and are rarely seen in the real world. They might even be bots coded to auto-feature *cough* steal photos, and grow an account.
- Hubs never give back to the community.
What’s the solution to hubs? Google came up with a solution a long time ago for link farms, and it’s about time that Instagram implement it.
“Search engines countered the link farm movement by identifying specific attributes associated with link farm pages and filtering those pages from indexing and search results.” (from the Wikipedia article on Link farms)
A similar thing can be done for Instagram hubs using a Bayesian filter.