About a hundred thousand years ago I created an Instagram account.  Never used it and it's been collecting dust ever since.  For a project I'm starting I need to have working Instagram credentials.  Easy right, just use that old account?

A quick round of "forgot my password, please send me the reset link via email" later and I'm all set.

Except now Instagram has detected 'suspicious activity' on my account.  Ok.  They need to send me a verification code.  Sure.  I mean you did just send me a reset password email, and I did click the link.  But I guess a second email to the same email address?  Just to be sure sure?

And then nothing.  Not a peep. No verification code.  No nothing.  Sending additional verification codes also does nothing.

A spot of light googling indicates my account likely locked and to go fill out a form to explain things.  Which I did 3 days ago.  And I've heard nothing.

So that's all been awesome and fun.  What a wonderful user experience you got yourselves there.

Update Aug 22 2018: still radio silence from Instagram.  All hope of retrieving that old account lost.  Time to move on.

4 responses to “Instagramery”

  1. Jake says:

    That sucks. So wait, you're going to start posting to Instagram now?

    • kevin says:

      Heh, no. I have close to 16k photos and 14 years invested in Flickr. I happily pay for a subscription every year. To be honest I've heard my wife complain enough about ads being injected into her feed and the dreaded Facebook algorithmic timeline to know that IG might not be the best fit for me. The thing I'm working on involves the IG API and scraping other people's feeds.

  2. kapgar says:

    Blame Facebook. I do.

    • Kevin says:

      Yeah, and I guess at this point my old 'kevinspencer' account is lost in time forever. I submitted another follow up request to Instagram and got crickets once again. So awesome.