Instagram shuts down massplanner and has other services in it's cross hairs
Not too long ago Instagram shot down massplanner because it was a tool that built up an Instagram profile automatically. Instagram shut down massplanner because they are not huge fans of people abusing their service, and that's basically what massplanner did. It would increase your followers, like images, post images, etc. Basically it was a fully automated tool that would help you build up your profile. The really beauty of this was that you could build up multiple profiles at once if you could rotate proxies.
There are plenty of Instagram services out there that will help you build your profiles. Some of these services require you to share your login credentials while other would just focus on building your followers and like on your images. Now the ones that required you to share your logins were typically the ones that were doing your posting for you and trying to build your profiles "naturally". These ones were typically ran by massplanner or another service, which worked very well. Some users say that they had accounts with at least 100k followers and would get 5k likes on every image they posted. Now we can't know for sure how many of those likes were legitimate, but with 5k on a single image you were sure to get ranked in the top 12 images for a hashtag you had on the image This would bring in more traffic and likes naturally
Instagram has already started pushing out mass bans that it can associate mass planner with. If you used massplanner on a profile or two, you're likely in the cross hairs of Instagram so I would do everything according to the rules and post manually for a while.
Instagram didn't purchase massplanner, they just got them to shut down. This is likely due to the Instagram lawyers hounding the owners of massplanner and finally sending a seize and desist letter or a lawsuit in order to get everything shut down.
There are a few alternatives like followerliker, but how long can we expect that to stay active? There's not guarantee that it won't be the next big service being targeted by Instagram so would you really be willing to spend your money on that kind of service again?
I'm sure there are a lot of alternatives out there that would work well, but there's no guarantee that your profile will be safe for long. Instagram is shutting down these websites almost every month it seems like, and if your account is linked to one of them somehow, you're just putting your own profile at risk. If you have multiple accounts linked together, you could lose all of them in one swipe.
You have to remember that Instagram is a business and if someone is abusing their system then they have every right to get rid of you. I'm sure there are a lot of butt hurt people out there because their 100k followers are now gone for good and the user had their accounts banned. Play it safe, post manually or use something like hootsuite to schedule your posts. If you do use software to automate everything, just play it safe and stay under the radar. It can be difficult to not use it to the max, but it's safer not to.