Millions of teenagers use the popular photo sharing app Instagram and it is not uncommon for users to hunt for likes, followers among other things unless you are a celebrity. But a certain Ahmed Simirin who has a total two pictures on his page has taken the hunt to another level. A visit to simirin page shows that one of his photos has over 22000 comments and 4000 likes.
|Simirin with his friend|
The said picture(above) is nothing extraordinary just Simirin standing next to a friend with a caption that reads “Fresh out the oven”. But then when you look through the comments, you see comments like “RIP, you”ll be missed”, You died way too young” and related comments.
What is however surprising is that Ahmed Simirin is not dead. What he did was a trick to get more likes and comments from Instagram users. He decided to start leaving comments on several Instagram accounts urging them to go comment RIP on his pictures. His comment reads
“Hey guys, can u guys comment RIP in my most recent pic because i want my gf to think i’m dead, my family and i recently moved and she wants to keep that relationship, i really want to move on, it was a toxic one”.
This trick by Ahmed has turned to a trend as variations of it is now all over Instagram especially on celebrity accounts where users have a higher chance of success due to the heavy traffic there. A user on sneakernews page with 7.5 million followers said
“Can y”all comment RIP on my latest photo so people think I’m dead and so I cannot go to school”.
According to the screenshots he shared with Engadget, Ahmed attempt to go viral has worked out pretty good for Ahmed as 250,000 other users discovered his page and his profile visited 316,000 times.
Speaking to Engadget,A professor of communication from Stanford John Hancock said that the motivation behind trends like this is just the “human psychological weirdness.” He said there’s no doubt these types of internet pranks are “a sick form of humor, but nonetheless, it’s humor, and that’s human.” This behavior shouldn’t be blamed on social-media apps, said Hancock, although Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter do make everything more visible, and that leads to more mimicry and copycats. “We know from old media studies if it bleeds, it leads,” he said. “Negative emotion is much more attention-grabbing, and [making someone] think that somebody’s died is about as negative as you can get.”