In the past two weeks alone, internet stars such as King Bach, Amanda Cerny, Lele Pons, Dan “King of Instagram” Bilzerian, Christian Collins, Logan Paul, Jerry Purpdrank, Sommer Ray and others have all been ostensibly posting from Singapore, when in fact most never left Los Angeles and none have been traveling to Asia.
“Always a good time at Disneyland,” Christian Collins, who has 3.8 million Instagram followers, wrote in the caption of a Dec. 10 photo of himself at Disneyland with YouTube star Eva Gutowski and Vine star Brent Rivera. The Instagram’s geotag, of course, reads “Singapore, Singapore.”
This strange phenomenon actually works for some people. The publication went out and asked several Instagram “stars” who have been using the hack, a few of whom boast millions of followers, and all of them said a version of the same thing:
It sounds “ridiculous” and “dumb”, but “it works!”
There is, of course, a big downside to geotagging photos that are obviously taken in LA or New York City as being taken in “Singapore, Singapore” … people notice. A quick search on Twitter yields plenty of confused “what he heck is going on?!” reactions.
“is it just me or does anyone else see a lot of instagram users tagging “singapore, singapore” as their location of the photo ??” — jared (@itsjaredbaird) December 14, 2016
Whether or not the so-called “Singapore boost” works is up for debate; maybe you need to have a huge following already to enjoy the benefits. One thing is for sure though, it’ll make you look like a weirdo when you tag that Yosemite photo as Singapore, Singapore.
UPDATE: Instagram has reportedly addressed the “Singapore boost” in their latest update. You can no longer tag yourself in Singapore unless you’re actually there.
Source By: Internet