Why Insta Celebs Are Tagging All Their Pics in Singapore
People will do some sus things in attempts to get more Instagram likes and followers these days.
But why spend money buying more engagement when you could get it for free?
According to many Instagram celebs, tagging your post in Singapore will make your likes go through the roof.
Mic researched this phenomenon, and while none of the Instagrammers they spoke to seemed to have a clue why this works, they swore that it boosts their engagement. And considering Mic caught big ‘grammers like Dan Bilzerian, Sommer Ray, and King Bach using the Singapore trick, we’d assume it’s legit.
From Mic writer Taylor Lorenz:
“You keep Singapore up for 12 hours, then you change it,” said one verified Instagram user. “It’s fully ridiculous and dumb, but it works. I’m not sure why or if it’s just because it’s become a meme, but the ‘Singapore, Singapore’ posts do way better. It 100% works.”
But Instagram users are savvy, and they’ve caught on quickly to L.A.-based celebs who randomly tag Singapore when they in fact haven’t left the west coast.
regular guy: hey that is 100% in LA
instagram celeb: no it’s Singapore, Singapore
regular guy: but
instagram celeb: i’m verified shh
— Chris Melberger (@chrismelberger) December 11, 2016
But shit, confusing your followers and/or embarrassing yourself for a day or so is worth getting a shitload of likes, right? Who doesn’t want to be popular on insta these days?
So for obvious reasons/investigative journalism, I decided to try it myself. Sure, the one Instagrammer did tell Mic that it works better for memes, but I figured I’d give one of my own photos a shot, because why not?
Unfortunately, I’m no Instagram star, and the trick didn’t work.
This morning I posted a pic of myself to the gram, and in a little over an hour, I had 178 likes. Sure, it could definitely have been worse, especially since I was worried that half of my followers weren’t yet awake, but the amount of likes I received in an hour wasn’t actually that much greater than my normal engagement rate.
Unless I suddenly accumulate a shitload of likes later today (which I’ll definitely keep you posted on), it seems like my post was kind of a flop in the whole scheme of things. Besides, most of my likes were garnered from people who actually follow me, not randos from Singapore who happened to stumble upon my page.
It could be that maybe the Singapore trick only works for memes, or maybe it only works for people who already have a shitload of followers. I also did explain in my caption that I wasn’t actually in Singapore, but who reads the captions anyways? Especially when there are boobs involved?
Either way, I guess I have no reason to lie about my location anymore, and I don’t foresee a future as an Instagram star anytime soon. Oh well, worth a shot!