I have heard mixed opinions, but I really want to hear some solid information. Do you get more Instagram followers when you set your account to private or when you just keep it public. The method I am using is that I have a separate "shoutout account" that I use to post 50+ "read caption for a shoutout" photos. In the captions I say that they need to like the picture, follow my main account and comment a special word. I usually don't actually give the shoutouts. I think that making it private will force the people to follow, and not just like a picture or two. So do you guys gain more followers when your account is public or private?