Just how often have social media practitioners, those that practice their various crafts on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, WeChat, WhatsApp, and a whole host of others, heard this popular twenty-first-century acronym being bandied about. If it’s not part of a daily conversation, it tends to crop up in other subject related matters on a regular basis. This is because AI – artificial intelligence – is playing an important role in social media practitioners platform marketing strategies.
New entrants to the social media market have had justifiable concerns. This short post on drawing a fine line between your real Instagram followers and the artificial (or followers or friends on alternative platforms) helps readers, those that have them, to alleviate their concerns. Now, long before I became an active member of the Instagram fraternity (bearing in mind that this platform is still relatively new and I had already been blogging on WordPress for some years), I made friends with a high school teacher out in Florida.
We became active followers of each other’s work, she as a progressive high school teacher (an activist who regularly challenged then-governor Jeb Bush’s reformative policies on education), and me as a burgeoning literary writer, editor and critic. Her leading tagline to her blog was this. Be brave, smart and bold. Yes, you could look this up, because let me be frank, this girl is real. I wonder how she is doing these days because it’s been a few years since I ceased promoting my work through WordPress.
It’s just a temporary recess, mind you and I notice that I haven’t lost any of my followers in spite of my relative inactivity. I’ll tell you why. You see, I took up this innovative high school teacher’s motto to be brave, smart and bold, doing things that I wouldn’t necessarily believe in and were not really part of my persona. I bought into the concept of AI and the ever-changing paradigms that are all part and parcel of what is known as IoT, the internet of things.
That being said, I bought into an age-old practice that big business had already been utilizing since long before social media platforms and blogging platforms become our daily buzzwords and, for that matter, our daily bread and butter. Yes, that’s right folks; I bought my Instagram followers. Shocking, I know, but there has been a silver lining ever since I first started this practice. It’s not something you need to do all that regularly.
Look at it this way, it’s like when the country’s economy goes into a real slump. Something drastic needs to be done to lift all stakeholders’ flagging fortunes and it’s at this point that the government leads the way in adopting previously unconventional measures to get the economy moving again.
But in the meantime, this bought exercise has reeled in real supporters of my blogging and social media work. I’ve never looked back since.