ByDecember 14, 2016 13 Comments
Emily Lydon

Author Emily Lydon

Emily is an Inbound Marketer for Iconosquare, based in the Limoges office. She loves all things social and revels in keeping on top of the social media marketing game by writing for the blog. She’s also a bit obsessed with sushi, gin and Netflix.

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  • sk

    What impact do comments have in Instagram’s algorithm for ranking posts? For example, we know that images that get more likes are ranked at the top of a user’s feed and are thus more likely to be seen by a wider audience as a result. However, does this algorithm take into account the number and velocity of comments? For example, if a post is receiving a lot of comments, especially in a short period of time, will this have the same impact as a lot of likes?

    • Emily Lydon

      Hi there, thanks for your comment! You’re right, it seems to be that posts with high engagement appear at the top of feeds on Instagram – this includes likes and comments. However, the specific way the algorithm works isn’t known to us, so it may be that the quality and origin of the comments is also taken into account. Hope this answers your question! – Emily 🙂

      • Rachael

        I was lead to believe (can’t confirm) that only comments with more than four words were counted in instagrams feed algorithms.

        • Emily Lydon

          Rachael – never heard of that I’m afraid!

          • We held a contest that ran yesterday and we believe one of the contestants is leading because of ‘fake likes’. Is there any way to confirm this?

          • Emily Lydon

            Unfortunately I don’t think so, Kristi!

  • Hi, great article! These bot comments annoy me no end.

    I’m trying to understand the part about engagement rate though.

    Would the fake comments count as a plus on your engagement? Or is there a way that Instagram can tell these are fake?

    As you mentioned removing them won’t make engagement levels go down, if I had 10 comments and they were all fake so I deleted them, wouldn’t that make engagement 0%?

    Sorry, just trying to get my head around it.

    • Emily Lydon

      Hi Jarrod, thanks for your comment! The answer to your question about engagement is no – your engagement rate wouldn’t be 0% because Instagram doesn’t take into account the fact that you deleted the comments. As of yet, there’s no surefire way of detecting bots on Instagram, so the comments are just counted as normal engagement. Does this clear things up? – Emily 🙂

  • Julie

    I guess people need these comments to be able to make them looking famous.

  • I noticed these comments were fake very soon after opening my account. I have a wildlife photography account and so most comments that are legit would not just be one word like “nice” or “interesting.” I look for comments like “cool looking bird” as being legit comments because bots can’t tell the difference in the actual content. I don’t see this so much with Facebook.

    There are some legit comments that are a one word comment, but most of them are bots.

  • Kate

    It actually drives me nuts! As a Digital Media Manager turned Artist, I can spot the fake followers, fake comments & fake likes a mile away. It actually makes me feel a little used haha

  • Eindri

    I was wondering if I were to join Iconosquare to analyze my Instagram account for marketing, do you guys also detect the fake followers?

    Thank you!

    • Emily Lydon

      Not yet Eindri, but we hope to be able to in the future!

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