So you have probably noticed that Instagram has changed the way your feed looks now. It no longer shows posts in chronological order, rather showing people posts that are more popular and can be more interesting for this user. It might be quite annoying as you should constantly take particular actions to keep your account among the “interesting ones”. Luckily, there is one thing called pods, which might help you “hack the algorithm”.
Instagram uses a special algorithm to determine which posts you would be most interested in and push them on the top of your feed. This algorithm takes into account the number of likes, comments, savings, shadings that your post has got and their ratio to the amount of impressions. Your followers have a huge chance of not seeing your post because for some reason Instagram has decided you are not interesting for them enough.
Instagram pods are an awesome way that users have found to increase engagement with one another. Each pod is made up of 10-15 Instagram users that are similar in some way. They usually stay in touch with each other in a private group chat in Instagram direct messages. Every member of this chat sends his new post to the group and others should interact with it in a meaningful way like by leaving a comment, liking and saving it. This helps increase the post engagements and luckily leads it to the Explore page. Every pod has its own set of rules which all the members should follow.
Being a member of an Instagram Pod really helps you to improve the engagement with other users, which was claimed by many users. However, this will only work if each member of the pod is responsible and follows all the set rules. Many pod members also mention that Pods can also be helpful for personal growth as a way to find inspiration, get new valuable connections and find new friends.
Although Instagram Pods are nice and everything, there might appear some problems which you should be aware of. As a member of Instagram Pod you should always stay online because they actually require a lot of interaction and participation. If you like taking breaks from social media from time to time this might not be the best decision for you. As a Pod member, you will need to comment on other people’s posts consistently, like 10 comments a day, which can get exhausting and you will run out of ideas. Joining pods with people who share the same interests as you do and whose content you enjoy can somehow help you in this. Limiting your pods to only those which are interesting for you can help you keep inspired and not run out of fuel.
The other pods drawback is that sometimes they don’t work the way you want them to. Your posts only appear to those in your pod, omitting everyone else.
If you feel like joining a pod will do you good and you can handle the responsibilities of pod member, then do it!
Real active people will follow, comment and like your photos.