As of today, a visit to Instagress now greets you with this message:
Sorry, but our web-service is closed 😞
Please, login using your Instagress account to request a refund.
If you’re searching for a replacement for Instagress, I recommend using Follow Adder – it’s the best alternative I have found.
The shut down of this service might feel devastating for you if you rely on marketing on Instagram.
The good news is there is an alternative – a viable one.
Why Did Instagress Fold?
This is one of the questions that has been trending on social media since their service went down. Many say that it is because the site adopted the use of the word “Insta” in its name, while others attribute the fall due to the fact that Instagress didn’t follow the rules that had been set down by Instagram.
The first explanation might hold some water, because in 2014 Instagram released an update to their terms of service where they warned that third party services whose name contained “Insta” or “Gram” would have their API access revoked. Some of the existing companies had to rebrand and take out these names just to stay safe. Some other companies still haven’t done this – e.g. gramista, instazood, etc. I would stay away from them for this reason.
We might never know what happened; only Instagram and maybe the owners of Instagress understand the real reason behind the closure.
However, you don’t necessarily have to stop using automation tools with your Instagram account. The fall of Instagress shouldn’t leave you discouraged; instead, it should open the door to other services.
What’s The Alternative?
With Instagress down, you might think that your Instagram account is at the end of its rope – you are wrong. You can make use of Follow Adder as a viable alternative – it’s slightly different to Instagress… it’s safer.
The Follow Adder software is run from your computer or a VPS which makes the automated interactions look legit.
In contract, web based bots such as Instagress are running thousands of accounts from one location (IP address) – it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out which one of these two interactions looks spammy, does it?
Follow Adder gives you a variety of filters which you can use to find followers and posts that you wish to target.
- The bot posts in a way that focuses on your strategy. Remember, it is not all about posting but making the right posts at the right time.
- You can automate likes, photo sharing, following & unfollowing, commenting, and direct messaging.
- You get to interact with your target market without staring at your screen all day. The tool does all the boring work.
- You can manage all your Instagram accounts under a single Follow Adder account. But if you have more than 3-5 I would recommend using proxies (which Follow Adder supports).
The shutdown of Instagress has caused a lot of issues with many users who were using the platform to handle their Instagram accounts.
Getting a refund from Instagress is a nice gesture but it won’t help you grow your IG account.