Today, instagram gave a big surprise to me. It ceased to work. It chills be to the bone to think someone’s livelihood would depend on this app.
I tried to send a video, as i usually do. With the same settings, size and everything. But insta refused to upload it, time and time again. Then it was revealed to me that the option of uploading through a windows 10 desktop has been systematically disabled. That incredible fact alone is nothing short of an act of war. The scary thing is that we don’t know anything. The specifics are hidden from our eyes: who is waging war against who and why? To what end? Please let me know, if you do. It truly baffles the mind to compare the brokenness of instagram to the amount of resources the mother company, facebook has in it’s possession. What about the age old theory of a bigger company, in this case facebook, buying a smaller company, instagram, only to destroy it?
This means I have to diversify. From now on, I have to make my videos to youtube. Maybe insta will disable videos from me for good? That is not important or relevant. What is important is that the trust has been killed. instagram as a platform for me to publish my videos is no more. For that, I’m sad.
Instagrams error message reads: “Please try again.” That just adds insult to injury.
I quickly learned from googling that I have been in essence “shadowbanned.”
I have never disagreed with the recommendation for anyone to not “keep their eggs in one basket” Maybe my excuse for not diversifying was laziness. Only now, after experiencing the ill treatment of the platform, I truly start to understand the importance of diversification.
When you are using a free platform, such as youtube, you really have to be prepared for the platform to essentially disappear (for you as a viable option) or make some significant and terrible change in it’s system in a matter of hours. And not tell anything about it to you, of course.
So, you keep three publishing platforms active, so that when one of those goes away, you still have two trucking along, and you can start the search of a new, third platform, without experiencing any excess urgency.