The facebook post had me thinking. I gave up on FB for a few reasons and I love photography so instagram was a good fit. The platform has it's draw backs but for the most part I find it more direct than FB and a bit more personal depending on the type of application use.
I have 2 accounts, 1 is personal and private for family and friends, the other is my more artistic work in black and white. This account I do not follow anyone, I wanted to see if my pictures could speak for themselves and not be a traded commodity. I started not liking other images but started to send direct messages on images or accounts that I found appealing.
That morphed into looking at every page that liked a photo of mine and either direct messaging or liking images I thought were interesting and well executed. So I fell into the trap a little.
I block all insta-followers and bulk add type accounts.
I see quite a few accounts that do not use hashtags yet have lots of followers and likes, wish I knew more on the algorithm, the hashtag thing deserves it own post. Sometimes the tags are ludicrous and have nothing to do with the image.
p.s when do we get spell check? this took forever to write!! ;-)
p.p.s blackmirror had a great episode on the like for a like, social ladder.