UPDATE 6:34 pm: The issue has finally been fixed, although Instagram hasn’t said a word.
Many users have noticed that over the past 48 hours hashtags have not been working properly on the widely-popular photo-sharing app Instagram. That’s right: Instagram hashtags are not working.
This may sound like a small issue, but hashtags are the source of pushing content to potential viewers on the app. Without a working hashtag system, many smaller accounts that rely on hashtags to get likes and traffic to their profile have seen a significant decline.
For myself, my photos that normally get 40-50 likes on a given day have been getting 10-20 likes and only from my followers. This is sad because the photos that I have been posting over the past 24 hours are some of my best that I really wanted people to see and share.
Now, I have a profile that’s almost dead. No traffic, no new likes, no new followers. Only the larger accounts with thousands or millions of followers haven’t noticed this and the issue has escaped the mainstream media.
Instagram itself hasn’t even acknowledged the issue, leaving its users in the dark about what’s happening and when it might be resolved. As a result, users have taken to other social media such as Twitter, using the hashtag #Instagramdown to voice their frustration.
This isn’t the way social media is supposed to work. It’s supposed to be a place to share content and inspire others to create new content.
So now I give a plea to Instagram for the thousands of frustrated Instagram users who have taken to Twitter and Facebook: FIX THE HASHTAGS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE ISSUE.
Below: Instagram users have taken to Twitter: