IG Exorcist

February 12th, 2012 § 0 comments

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Alright. For those of you who know, I am a huge Instagram fan, and I have many praises for it simplicity and usefulness. There are many things that I can write that I personally do not like, but I will feature one with a solution.

IG Ghosts. What are IG Ghosts? Instagram Ghosts are users who are there and not there at the same time. Meaning, Instagram users will friend you because they want to ‘follow’ as many people as possible. While they collect their next follow, they neglect to actually view or interact with the ones they already have.

Why would someone do that, you ask? They want to become ‘popular’. The likelihood that you get on the popular page increases when your following increases.

Lets use a 10% rule. If you ‘follow’ 10,000 users, then it is safe to say that 1000 (10%) will follow back. Out of that thousand, 100 (10%) will ‘like’ your crappy images. One hundred ‘likes’ will get you on the popular page. This line of thinking plagues teenagers and adults whose goal is to have their face, ‘wisdom’, or crappy images on the popular page.

So, what is the IG Exorcist? This is a site that accesses your IG account and looks through your followers for inactivity (ghosts). It was created by Michael Landers aka @mykel on Instagram. The site goes back 180, 120, 90, and 60 days and categorizes the ghosts into 4 separate reports for your viewing. Here is an example:

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How does it remove them? I contacted the developer and he told me that the program blocks and unblocks the ghosts to remove them from your account. He said that you can do it in the app yourself just that the program does it faster. I took some screenshots prior to and after the exorcism that you’ll see below:

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This is an awesome solution to an annoying (not life threatening) problem. The process took about an hour because there were 76 users before me. I do not foresee this taking as long in the future as the number of users who use it plateaus, and I will probably do this every new year to maximize the process.

The site does ask to log into your account, so always take into consideration who or what you let have access. I was pleasantly surprised on how accurate and easy it was to vanquish my ghosts, so I highly recommend giving it a try.

You can check the site out and read more about it by going to: http://www.igexorcist.com

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