What Is An Instagram Pod? Everything You Need To Know

24 April 2017, 11:14 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:40

Instagram Pod

By Hollie-Anne Brooks

This is the quickest way to gain brand new followers.

If you've seen people chatting about being in an "Instagram Pod" recently and had no idea what they were talking about, you're not alone. The latest social media trend is being widely discussed online, as people constantly aim to get more followers and higher engagement on the platform; thus increasing the likelihood of scoring brand deals and sponsored posts. But what exactly is it? And how do you join an Instagram Pod?

An Instagram Pod is a bit like a group chat on WhatsApp...

An Instagram Pod is a group of people with similar tastes (e.g; beauty bloggers, fashion influencers); who group together to try and beat the Instagram algorithm by constantly commenting and liking each other's posts - thus keeping engagement high. The result of this is that content belonging to you and your pod members are a lot more likely to appear in Instagram's "Explore" section (where it shows you other videos and photos you might like).

Once images or videos appear in Explore, they're seen by more and more people.

Instagram pod

You may recall that Instagram changed its algorithm not long ago, meaning images or video with more engagement and interaction are more likely to show up at the top of your feed; as opposed to the old way which listed things in chronological order. Instagram is owned by Facebook, thus works in a very similar way.

How do you join an Instagram Pod?

Joining an Instagram Pod can be fairly tricky. It appears as if you have to be invited in by a group of like-minded bloggers, vloggers or influencers. However, you are able to start your own. Starting an Instagram Pod is pretty easy, especially if you're friendly with people who post similar content to you. Add those who want to join a pod or who you think would to a DM (via any platform) and set out your own terms of use which might include commenting with certain hashtags, liking a certain amount of pictures per day or encouraging others to join the pod.

instagram pod

Do Instagram Pods work?

The jury is out on whether Instagram Pods actually work. Overall, people do see a large increase in followers and engagement; which is very useful if you're aiming to get sponsorship deals on Instagram. However, others have commented that that engagement they see as a result of being in a pod can often feel fake and take away the genuine feel of an organically built community.

In this video, YouTuber Honestly Aine discusses her experiences and why she left an Instagram Pod:

What do you think? Just a bit of innocent fun like Myspace's PC4PC or a way to trick brands and fans?

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