Instagram Kills Feed Reading Apps and Auto Liking, Commenting & Follow Apps
On November 17th, 2015, Instagram made a significant announcement on their Developers Blog with respect to allowing 3rd party apps to access certain functions of it’s API (Application Programming Interface). An API is a set of routines, protocols, and tools that allow software applications to integrate with each other. Apps like Iconosquare, SocialBlade and SocialRank are examples of 3rd party web applications that use Instagram API’s to create their own Instagram software that pull data from Instagram and deliver it to you in a different format.
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Instagram will be shutting down its “Instagram Feed” API which means that you will not be able to use 3rd party apps to browse your Instagram Feed.
The new policy will also strike down any service offering auto-following, -liking, or -commenting In return, Instagram says this will “set up a more sustainable environment built around authentic experiences on the platform” for developers in the categories it does allow. Essentially, crappy apps won’t burn users, detracting from good apps.
These changes will destroy Instagram apps such as Retro, Flow, Padgram, and Pictacular for iPad, and Webbygram, Webstagram, Instagreat, and Itsdagram for desktop as well as well as automated programs which follow/un-follow, like and comment on your behalf such as Instagress, Likestagram, AutogramBot & Archie.
What does this mean to you? Nothing if you are following and using the Wolf Millionaire Instagram strategies. However if you are using or considering other Instagram courses available, they have been promoting the use of programs that automatically follow, un-follow, like and comment for you as their main growth tactic. As you will see in my Video Guide (filmed Sept/Oct 2015), I actually predicted that this would happen and that using these apps IS NOT a practical, safe or effective means of growing your Instagram account. It’s cheating and Instagram wants it to stop!
Existing applications will need to comply by June 1, 2016. As of November 17, 2015, Instagram ceases to allow new apps to use it’s API platform. All new apps requesting to use Instagram API’s will be required to go through a more extensive review process starting December 3rd, 2015.