I'm currently wondering if it is time to delete this Instagram account. Engagement is at an all time low, at least 50% of the comments I get are generic and automated / bots (or indistinguishable from them), I block and report all of them.
I started using Instagram in 2010, back then it was awesome, people interacted, it was a real community without the garbage infighting and pettiness that seems to run rampant across the platform today.
The people I have met through this app have mostly been amazing. I've also managed to get a small group of haters who have spread lies and done everything they can to sabotage any sort of progress I've made, including lying about me to my clients and potential clients.
I haven't decided whether to delete this account or not just yet... but with the way things are going, I give it another 18 months before Instagram is just a bunch of bots commenting on posts made by bots if Instagram don't make some serious changes.
For me, most of the community has disappeared, or is being hidden by the algorithm. I used to get 10 times the engagement when I had less than half the followers I do now. I never set out to be an "influencer"(I still hate that dumb term), or to even grow a massive audience, I just wanted to see awesome places, capture them, share them and connect with like minded people!
What are your thoughts? Are getting any value out of this platform still? Will anyone actually even see this post and do they read captions?