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Discussion in 'Instagram' started by ProjectBetaAlpha, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. ProjectBetaAlpha

    ProjectBetaAlpha Newbie

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    Hey everyone.


    After leeching around a while, I?ve decided to create an account and post a little something, just in case somebody finds it valuable and helpful.


    I?m an old dog, as they say, I?ve been jumping in and out of the MMO world for quite some years now. Apart from flipping half a dozen of sites some years ago, I?ve never really accomplished anything mention-worthy. I?m, however, a half decent designer and JavaScript developer.


    Last month I had a shoulder surgery and therefore a job leave. I thought to use the spare time to develop a project to get me to $2K extra each month? without investing a dime!


    For one reason or another, that spare time I was planning to have hasn?t been such, but I?m still trying to run the project. I called it the Project Beta Alpha, for it would make an alpha male out of me ;)


    Long story short, more or less 10 days ago I started to play with Instagram. I found a library that allowed me to automate the whole management of an IG account: uploading, liking, following and so on.


    As said, it is a library. It allows to communicate with the IG backend, but that?s it. I?ve spent this last few days coding the automated behavior to make a proper bot.


    Great stuff about this ?system? is that:


    - it?s totally free. It has cost me $0.00 and it can be run totally for free, regardless of involving 1 IG account or 1 thousand.
    - it runs totally in the cloud (so no need to keep the computer on, which I frown upon).
    - it is easily scalable. Plugging it to a new account takes like 3 minutes.
    - there?s no need to get proxies.
    - pictures get watermarked on the fly, just before they are uploaded to IG. This is pretty cool, I think, and allows to use a picture on several accounts but making it a bit more ?custom.?
    - pics don?t need to be square. They are converted on the fly. You just download them to your computer, upload them to the cloud and that?s it.
    - I have not been banned up until now, for a straight week running the bot on brand new accounts, so I can assume the ?bot? is pretty safe. To be exact, I had my ?test? account banned early on, so I implemented some security switches. It basically works on ?shifts?, in order to appear a real person that eats and sleeps?


    I know pretty much everybody here runs a bot already, so I?m not sure if anyone would be interested in mine? I?m pretty excited about my sh*t so I just needed to tell somebody :D


    I?m running three fitness related accounts right now.
    First is a week old, 365 followers and around 50 likes/pic.
    Second is 5 days old, 285 followers and around 65 likes/pic.
    Third is 1 day old, 45 followers and around 20 likes/pic.


    I have some ?unusual? monetization plans for them but I need to grow them further before.


    So, what do you guys think? Am I on the right track?
     
  2. Get-Rich-Or-Die

    Get-Rich-Or-Die Registered Member

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    What is this library that you found? Link?
     
  3. Jaymien

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    What about the bot? Is there a way to get access to it?

    Best Regards,
    Jaymien.
     
  4. monkey485

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    Hmm, this kinda looks like a hook to get users to buy your bot.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but where do you ask anything other than if you are doing it right?
    Obviously, you know the answer if you "leeched around a while" on BHW.


    My paranoid 2 cents.
     
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  5. ProjectBetaAlpha

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    Mmmok. No need to get paranoid lol. No hook. Just trying to meet new, more experience people and brag a bit about my sh*t :D

    Now I understand your point. A brand new account talking about a bot... I'd be suspectful too I guess.

    I'm pretty new at the whole Instagram thing, so I wanted to check what do you guys think about the plan, the follower numbers so far, etc. Also, ideas, tricks, etc. It was obv a too broad, non specific question (maybe even no question at all lol).

    I'm not selling this right now, at least in a traditional sense. It has no front end or interface other than the command line. It takes a developer to make it work. And I don't think a dev would pay for it for he could code it himself. I'm not sure I would be willing to sell it in the future because of the work it would involve (documentation, interface, support...)

    Plus, as I said, I guess most people already have a bot. People have already paid quite some money for their bots so I don't see anybody throwing their investment away and switching bots.

    I could think of offering the whole method as a service, if somebody is really interested. And I would be open to nontraditional deals: exchanges, shout outs, nice domains... I'm open to constructive suggestions.
     
  6. ProjectBetaAlpha

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    Also, to the friendly German dude that PMed me, sorry I can't PM you back as I'm new here. Can you please leave your mail or something? :)
     
  7. JiveTurkeySammich

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    are you a wizard? please confirm
     
  8. W9go

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    why you don't need proxies ? (when having more than 5 accounts ???)
     
  9. ProjectBetaAlpha

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    Each account runs in its own cloud instance, so they have multiple IP's. This is just theory, tbh. I will scale the whole thing to 7-8 accounts in the next couple days and will report back again.

    And yes, I'm obv a wizard :cool: nah not really, first worthwhile thing I've built in quite some time... Lol.
     
  10. alxmax

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    So what you are saying is, that out there, there is a JavaScript library, which can communicate with the IG backend, not using the official IG API? What you coded on top of this is just for the script to run automatic and in the cloud?

    Since the library is already out there open to the public(?), I guess you'd happily link me to it to save my time looking for it myself?
     
  11. ProjectBetaAlpha

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    Yes. That's all correct except that the library is not JS. I actually struggle with it since I hadn't touched the language ever before finding the lib. Pretty sure my code sucks. But I've learned a lot.

    But you nailed it, specially with the "not using the official api". That's the key here.

    And no, sorry, I'm not giving away the link in the wild. Since it's public and you know what to look for, it shouldn't be hard for you to find it ;)

    Also, the library is just a piece in the puzzle, you know... It's not that important. The thing is you can build an automated system without spending a dime and it'll work as good as the most expensive already made solution out there, or even better.
     
  12. alxmax

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    If we are only to comment on your numbers, why would you give us all the other information?
    Anyway, your following numbers seems below average to me. It is no challenge to get 100 followers a day by follow/unfollow.
     
  13. scholl

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    PM'ed you ;) didn't know you can't reply yet.
     
  14. ProjectBetaAlpha

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    I'm giving the info for context and hopefully "inspiration". You can comment on anything really, not just the numbers :)

    Your comment on my numbers is pretty helpful, thanks. Maybe I'm not pushing hard enough the following/liking limits. I'll increase the likes and follows a bit to see if I can get closer to the 100 followers / day mark.

    No worries. You've got mail! :)