I Had 100,000 Instagram Followers – And Zero Friends! #animated #story

Hey there, I’m Stacy. I’m from Sidney, Australia and I used to be an influencer with more than 100,00 Instagram followers– and I hated it.Think I’m joking? Here’s my story. You know Instagram influencers, right? Those guys and girls with perfect bodies, perfect faces, perfect lives. They go on sponsored vacations. Get paid to wear expensive clothes. They’re invited to special events and even get free concert tickets. Everyone thinks it’d be great to be an influencer. Well, a couple of years ago, I was – and it almost ended up destroying my life. It all started on my 13th birthday when I was finally allowed to download Instagram. I created my username, added my profile picture, and then started scrolling through Instagram’s recommended feeds. I was blown away! There were so many beautiful girls, with hundreds of thousands of followers. Everything about them was perfect. Their life was everything I wished mine could be! I clicked “follow” again and again and again. For a while, I used Instagram just like all my other friends. I posted pictures of me and my dog, what I was eating and some pretty pictures of sunrises and the beach and stuff. I got a couple of likes from my friends. But – you know- that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to be popular. REALLY popular. One day, I Googled “How to gain Instagram followers.” I wanted to know how they did it. Turns out, while it might seem effortless, becoming Instagram famous is actually a lot of work. You have to post the right stuff at the right time, edit all your photos, use dozens of hashtags so more and more people keep discovering you, engage with your audience, reply to comments and DM’s – and the list goes on. But I thought, ”This doesn’t seem that hard. I can do this.” So, my journey began. First, I copied the kinds of pictures that were getting a lot of likes. I learned to edit my photos. And I used a bunch of hashtags with every post. I started to get new followers – not many, just a few dozen. They were mostly wannabe influencers like me who I had to follow back, but I didn’t mind. It meant more people were seeing my content! I was working hard on my profile, but after 2 months I started thinking about giving up. It wasn’t worth all the work it took. But then, the breakthrough came with a picture I took on a Sunday afternoon. I was wearing high-waisted jeans with a big yellow t-shirt tucked in, my long blonde hair curled, and my French bulldog puppy, Archie, in my arms. (He’s so cute! Totally Insta-worthy.) And my picture ended up on the Explore page! It got over a thousand likes, and I got a few hundred followers– and finally crossed the 1,000 followers line! I was dancing around the room like crazy – I was so happy! After that, it was game on! I had an app that let me plan how my Insta feed was going to look, and another app that told me what time of day to post. I spent a lot of time thinking about what images to take, and I was posting consistently. My number of followers just kept climbing and I became kind of obsessed with it. When I went to a new place with my friends or my parents, all I was thinking about was where could I take the best picture and which new hashtags should I use. My pictures looked spontaneous, but in reality, they were far from it. It took hours just to create one image. The angles, the lighting, the background, my clothes, hair, makeup, and every object in the frame had to be perfect. Around this same time, people at school were finding out that I had all these followers. It was so weird. People would call me by my Instagram name instead of my real name and and some people just called me “hashtag Stacy.” Other people tried to be my friend just because I was popular on Instagram! I didn’t think about all that too much though. The hard work was paying off. I was getting more and more followers, and it was getting easier and easier. The more followers I had, the more people saw my posts, which meant more likes, and more followers. But a strange thing happened after crossing 10,000 followers line. Before, I used to check all my followers’ profiles. Now, “followers” just became a number. And I only cared about the numbers: how many new today? How many lost? How many likes? If I gained fewer than 200 followers in a day, I got frustrated and depressed. I had to hit my numbers! It became a real obsession. Eventually, though, I hit 100,000 followers – that’s an incredible milestone. I was happy, but – not as happy as I was when I hit 1,000. Strange, right? I remember telling myself, “100,000 followers is nice – but I want a million!” By this point, Instagram took up all my spare time. I got a lot of DM’s and I tried to answer as many as I could – partly because I liked many of my followers. But partly becauseI knew the “friendlier” I was, the more followers I’d get. People would leave these comments telling me they wished they were me, and I just wanted to tell them that they didn’t understand how different I was in real life. I got offers from all these different brands – stuff I didn’t even use, like gummy vitamins for my hair, teeth whiteners, anti-acne cosmetics, and I had to work out how to put pictures of those products on Instagram without losing any followers. And you know how much money I was making? None. My parents didn’t let me accept any money because I was barely 14. But I got free samples and opportunities to do a lot of different things,and I was happy with that. I didn’t do it for the money anyway, so I didn’t care. But all the work started to take a toll on me. I was losing weight because I was so stressed, and I couldn’t get to sleep at night if I hadn’t managed to take any good photos that day. I was constantly checking my follower count and DM’s. A mean comment could ruin my day. I remember several times crying because of a stupid comment from somebody I didn’t even know. I know it shouldn’t have hurt – but it did! Every day I’d take selfies at the beach or a little café, or in the spot in my bedroom with the good lighting until I got one that was good enough. My friends were getting pretty tired of being my personal photographers, though. I started to notice that when I asked them to hang out, they’d be “busy.” I finally figured out they were just trying to avoid me. One day, I was trying to take a pic for my feed, and I just couldn’t get it right. The lighting was wrong. My skin was too pimply. My hair didn’t look the way I wanted it to. My eyes looked green instead of blue. Everything was WRONG! I wanted to text one of my friends and ask them if they could take the photos instead, but as I was scrolling through my phone, I realized – there was nobody I could ask! Then it hit me…did I even HAVE friends anymore?? When was the last time I’d spent time with my friends, except to get pictures for Instagram? Actually …when was the last time I had done anything that wasn’t for Instagram? I burst into tears. Something had to change. After a week of thinking, I changed my account to private. I knew I didn’t want to be an Influencer anymore, but still – it was so hard to click that button. Next, I sent a group message to all of my friends. And I told them I knew my obsession with Instagram was unhealthy and I promised I’d start to be a good friend again. I was so scared they wouldn’t forgive me! Luckily, even though some of them still seemed mad, they gave me a second chance. So I made a post, without any filters, explaining that I was just going to be myself, and if people wanted to unfollow me, that was fine. I actually got hundreds of supportive comments cheering me on. It made me feel a lot better! It’s been almost 2 years since I made my account private, and things are a lot better. I still have quite a few followers, but I don’t post every day, and I pretty much post whatever I want – my dog, my art, or just me being silly. My friends and I are closer than ever, and sometimes we’ll laugh about the time when I went crazy over Instagram. They call it my “hashtag period.” Anyway, next time you look at an Instagram account and wish your life was like theirs, remember my story. Don’t compare yourself to Instagram stars, because they’re putting in a lot of work behind the scenes, and their lives are never as perfect as they make it seem with all those filters and perfectly arranged photos. And trust me – enjoying real life is a hundred times better than posting pictures of a fake one! Well…that’s my story. Do you know anyone who became Instagram famous? Did it change them? Share your story in the comments below. And if you enjoyed my story, please like this video and subscribe to our channel for more!

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84 Responses

  1. NevermoreMadDame says:

    It's so unfortunate that this is how people are these days, becoming so obsessed with social media that they push people away in real life.
    I'd rather have real friends than any followers any day, I would love to have a real friend.

  2. romisaa tube says:

    I really like ur videos

  3. Felicia says:

    well i dont wanna be a vlogger person but i wanna be someone who is soo soo soo good at drawing anime oof yeet

  4. Skzs Young Wings says:

    Everyone: talks about the video
    Me: Is more interested in her being from Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ and her Aussie accent

  5. Amy Pham says:

    her coochie look weird.

  6. JAXVLOGS says:

    I am doing the same thing as you but on YouTube and i have been stuck at 183 subscribers and I am getting to be depressed and I cut my self and I got caught in the trap called sub for sub and i have lost 4 channels but now Iโ€™m not going to give up

  7. Aniaya Meaux says:

    1:20 โ€œI got a couple of likes from my friendsโ€
    Title: I had 100k Instagram followers and ZERO friendsโ€

  8. Joanna Nayntaki says:

    Have you 782k

  9. Mischa's Unicorn Style says:

    Friend the followers

  10. small pinapple says:

    I don't have friends

  11. Lin Lin says:

    After this vid I got an ad (boost followers)….

  12. Makenzie Heisler says:

    Iโ€™m Stacy FREIND the one in the vid and she donโ€™t have that much followers on social media

  13. Shiny Charm Owner says:

    I could do that!

    School Entered the chat
    Me: Oh crap

  14. doctorlegacy says:

    I search Stacy on Instagram and there's a lot of Stacy ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฃ

  15. Devi Chandra Ma says:

    like really popiula hahaha

  16. Social Sensei says:

    I like your vid3o <3

  17. ljfc0127 says:

    whatโ€™s the name of the song you used for the outro?

  18. Leonardo Acosta says:

    Cool you got 100,000 followers and no friends how sad

    *Coughs**not really

  19. Niang Nuam says:

    hey guy??

  20. shin7ng says:

    okay but is the voice Cleo from h2o

  21. Evelinsuperstar 123 says:

    Why does she look like a dollar store Barbie ๐Ÿ˜‚

  22. Jenelle Rose says:

    Thatโ€™s me :โ€™)

  23. Precious Serrano says:

    You're so lucky I don't have followers but I have friends

  24. Precious Serrano says:

    Actually I have 42 fans and 134,000 likes on likee I don't care about being famous

  25. HappyFlower_IntheSun Yeeet says:


  26. Alaun Malani says:

    I think I saw her feed

  27. domarie pueyo says:

    what is her account???

  28. Melissa Turner says:

    Your either forgeting somthing or this story is a fake because when you reach 10,000 or 100,000 followers you get a blue check

  29. WildAnime says:

    Its ironic that she has a "Happy" shirt on ๐Ÿคฃ

  30. Kimmie Swan says:

    HER: When was the last time I hadn't done anything for instagram
    me: When you do your homework

  31. Gracy Adetunji says:


  32. Kimberly Likong says:

    Uh ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคฎ

  33. Barnhart Family says:


  34. Chosen Strong says:

    This is form my story animated

  35. Jartu Blessing says:

    you sound like phobe tokin

  36. olivia melan says:

    I downloaded instagram at age 8

  37. Tanner Prater says:

    Let me tell you at one point I had over 10k followers on ig, my name became my username. I would get stalked at the mall, or anywhere I went. Legit people would message me saying oh is this you at the mall. But I did have pretty good friends. But I gave it up and lived my life. It takes your life over and all i did was worry about what to post.

  38. Andrei Dache says:

    This video make me to think ,,I can be a Instagram famous?"

  39. Milhath Ibrahim says:

    Who likes the intro i maybe i just like it because its my first time seeing it

  40. Lauren Games. says:

    I donโ€™t think she knows what a timer is. Itโ€™s much easier than begging ur friends to take ur pic

  41. Yuri says:

    But, that is normal :v
    You are probably an introvert :v

  42. Yuri says:

    Girl: I wanted to be popular, I mean, Really popular
    Also girl: I got 100k followers and I hate it
    Me: Ok. Are you happy or not? U wanted to be popular, now u are -<-

    What if haters of this actually follow her on instagram -<-

  43. Yuri says:

    Next story could be:
    The same as this but with tik tok -<-

  44. stacy lemaine says:

    My name ia stacy to!!!!!!!!!

  45. Aiyana Stevens says:


  46. RamataLetsChat says:

    Say my crazy starry 3 times and Iโ€™ll have the best day ever.

    My crazy story
    My crazy story
    My crazy story

    Wish me good luck

  47. Leandra Wyss says:

    Youโ€™re not an influencer with 100.000 followers

  48. AJ Meek Mesama AJ says:

    Not even supeised ):ยฐ

  49. AJ Meek Mesama AJ says:

    Nah insta is not hard itโ€™s just an app donโ€™t get to attached and it wonโ€™t be

  50. Bernice Princess says:

    She is lucky.. I just have 25 followers

  51. [StefiPlayz] says:


  52. l i z z y says:

    me having a fan account that i just post kpop related stuff, fucking mint:3

    i have 800 atm and i was shock when i even hit 100. i really just post random pictures and random videos of idols๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’—

  53. EmberWindyhollow AJ says:

    Thatโ€™s not an influencer. Thatโ€™s Danielle Cohn.

  54. Salvador Calderon says:

    If you ask me, they have their whole life on their phone and you do something with the persons' phone, they would do anything to get it back in their hands. That really sad that this is how we live in this generation right now.

  55. DTsunFlower Videos says:

    Her: All of those girls were perfect ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

    Me: All o those girls are PHOTOSHOP ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

    Ig: So True though, no one looks that perfect ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

  56. Nelly Bramble says:

    Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi

  57. Malik Waheed says:


  58. Yu Chen says:

    I only have 1 follower on tictok

  59. Xploding Pikachu says:

    7:03 my life after tik tok

  60. Let Your Light Shine says:

    Mine is literally just a fan account for BTS and anime-

  61. Hamda Omar says:

    Shut up

  62. Black The Badash says:

    Bragger * cough cough*

  63. Black The Badash says:

    NOt ManY Just A DosEn

  64. Jazmin Turner says:

    Glad I am 12 and donโ€™t have a phone or social media because Iโ€™m not like the spoiled kids in my class๐Ÿ˜‡

  65. Troy Powell says:

    Gg n we ieccn

  66. Cadence Lance says:

    plot twist. itโ€™s trisha paytas

  67. Yangchen Dolkar says:

    Me and my friends are going to jambaroo Sydney at Saturday! And we planned what we are going to take and we are having a sleepover!

  68. Yangchen Dolkar says:

    I mean whatโ€™s the point of having followers? All you need is your family

  69. Catherine & Elliot Jones says:











  70. arianator 4life says:

    My sister has talked with loren grey(or she wrote with her), and i just talket with my cat one time

  71. serana589 Burt says:

    Better late than never that you learned you were able to get back with your friends before it was too late no keep doing what you're doing don't let Instagram overwhelm you once more cuz they can happen but look to your friends for help if you need it

  72. EviesAnimalsAndPets 19 says:

    I have a French bulldog

  73. Farheen Vlogs says:

    Follow me

  74. Asena Cil says:


  75. ใ€ITZ GECKO UNIVERSEใ€‘ says:

    I'm 9 and me and my mom ar influencers for a scrunches company called scrunchiesquad

  76. Beastergamersz 10 says:


  77. Beastergamersz 10 says:

    Can you plz follow me in instergram my name is beastergamersz 10

  78. Guadalupe Garcia says:


  79. Dankest Chip says:

    0:24 PeRfEcT FaCeS

  80. Monica Zhao says:

    Instagram is that similar to TikTok

  81. Mint Chips says:

    I think she was happier when she hit 1,000 followers than when she hit 100,000 because she worked harder to gain her first 1,000. So mainly the harder you work for something, the happier you are when you finally get it.

  82. Sam Shikaro [Charlie Scene fan] says:

    oooh nooo

  83. Stephen Clarke says:

    I am from Melbourne lmao

  84. Unpopular๊ณ ์–‘์ด ์ƒˆ๋ผ says:

    I have 6k followers-its not that good-

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