2017 is turning out to be a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, the British government is stumbling its way into perilous Brexit negotiations, Trump has survived Comey’s testimony and Ed Sheeran’s been in the Top 10 for nearly 2 months (*gulp). One the other hand, a glimmer of hope has been identified in the unlikely location of a Russian shopping centre, and in the equally unlikely form of a vending machine. Yes, in downtown Moscow, two journalists have spotted a machine which dispenses fake Instagram likes. Just what we all needed.
How To Buy Popularity
For just 69p, fame-hungry ‘Grammers can direct 100 extra likes to any post of their choosing. For double that, they can even purchase 100 extra followers. And if that won’t quench your thirst for social media approval, one can reportedly pay to rent the entire machine.
The company offers hefty business packages too; for £670, you can buy 150,000 followers. However, sources are unclear on how exactly the likes are generated following the transaction.
Watch a video of the Like-dispenser below:
— Alexey Kovalev (@Alexey__Kovalev) June 8, 2017
Russia’s Other Insta-trend: Roses
The Insta-like-vendor will no doubt spark pilgrimages of many curious European millennials to Moscow, but in fact, it isn’t the only instance of Russians investing cold hard cash in their Insta-brands. The Moscow Times recently reported on the emerging trend of individuals renting bouquets of roses for photoshoots in order to impress their followers. Russia’s entrepreneurs didn’t waste time either, as pop-up companies began to advertise bouquet deals on social media in the run up to Valentines Day, pricing a bunch of roses at a little less than £15. The paper also reported that Instagrammers were also able to pay to pose with empty shopping bags from designer brands.
For our tips on how to enhance your Instagram presence without having to travel to a Russian shopping centre, click here.