Getting Instagram Followers Back 101

by Caitlyn Callegari

I hate spam accounts, you hate spam accounts, we all hate spam accounts. Well, actually, some people may beg to differ, because if you're 11 years old and lost in the hell that is middle school, or a celebrity lost in the hell that is fame (apparently), social media followers equal popularity. Or, at least the guise of it, sadly. And, equally as lamentable for that select group of people, that fragile veil of popularity has been lifted, sort of. If you weren't already aware, because you've had better things to do like holiday shopping, thesis writing, and Serial finale discussing, there was an Instagram "purge" (super dramatic) of spam accounts sending certain people's follower counts plummeting like your patience for that co-worker who gets inexplicably drunk at the holiday party every single year. Just Jared lists the top 10 celebrities who lost the most Instagram followers and it’s surprising and yet not at all, at the same time.

While us “normal” people — normal meaning out of the 8th grade and not at all famous — may take this Instagram purge as something trivial, I think those who suffered the greatest loss of followers may feel just a bit differently. Because going from a couple million to just 1 million is a blow to anyone’s pride, am I right?

To regain their sense of self and, in turn, followers, here are some things the top 10 celebs who lost the most followers can do to up their numbers in the wake of this social media scandal.

10. Bruno Mars

Give the people not what they want, but what they need... a follow up Instagram a picture of jelly.

9. Kendall Jenner

Proof of a proper Spice Girls education and a follow up video singing ALL the words to "Wannabe."

8. Diddy

Six words: "I Need a Girl (Part 3)"

Build it and they will come.

7. Selena Gomez

The promise of a Wizards of Waverly Place reunion and extensive documentation of said event.

6. Rihanna

A response to this vid and Instagram video compilation:

5. Kim Kardashian

Less of that.

More of that.

4. Ariana Grande

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A written and verbal apology to all cats and their owners.

Maybe not.

3. Tyga

Diagnosis: Bucket hat wearing/perpetuating an awful fashion trend.

Cure: Just stop doing it.

2. Akon

Obviously, an impassioned plea via auto tune.

1. Justin Bieber

Invest in one of these:

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