Instagram is one of the most commonly used smart phone applications in the world. It has outgrowing both Facebook and Twitter by leaps and bounds to become the leader in social media. Instagram was launched in 2010, and had 1 million users in the first 2 months. As of June 2018, Instagram was up to 1 BILLION users. As a sports bettor, did you know that Instagram is a great place to find winning sports picks?
Most people use Instagram to post photos of their daily activities, their food, cats and anything else you can think of. Literally. You can search any noun, verb, category and you will find something related to it on there. But something you may not have known is that Instagram is also a great place for sports bettors.
Do a simple search of the hashtag sportsbetting. You will find over 410,000 posts for that one # alone. From there, you will see 11,000 posts for sportsbetting advice, almost 4000 under sportsbetting tips, with no less than a dozen more closely related searches.
An even closer look shows that a lot of these Instagram accounts that are offering picks are offering really good picks. Photos and YouTube type videos are the most common form of content on Insta, but stories and live feeds are a growing trend. Stories consist of a 15-second clip, whether it is a photo or video with audio, that are sometimes run in succession to give the viewer a longer experience.
Some handicappers on Instagram are using these stories and live feeds to not only give their sports betting picks, but are explaining why they are choosing that side. Are you someone that scours sports betting forums and pick services to figure out who you are going to bet? Are you tired of reading through pages of crap to find a couple tidbits that may or may not effect your betting decisions for that day?
Now you do not have to waste your time sifting through all that. Use Instagram where you can quickly listen to handicappers talk, skipping through their content or on to the next capper with one quick move with your finger on the screen.
It won’t take you long to find a few guys that you like. I follow most of the accounts in the category I am looking at, because if at any time you realize they are not your cup of tea, you can unfollow them with one simple tap. But when you do find someone you like, you can turn on notifications so you know when they posted something.
Maybe you like to bet on the NHL, or maybe Premier League football is your thing, you will find it. This time of year, the amount of NFL info is unreal. The best part when you search these hashtags, is you get the option to browse the most popular or the most recent.
Sure, some of the most popular may be late for you to be able to get their pick in, but by knowing who is getting the most views may be reason enough for you to follow them. This way, their content will show up in your feed, allowing you to see it without searching for it.
Like everything else, be careful before you take advice from anyone. Don’t jump on Instagram and lay cash down on a side recommended by the first dude you find. The best part is the homework you have to do is fun, because you can move around the Instagram app seamlessly.
When you find an Instagram profile that looks like they know what they are talking about, scrolling through their posts has never been easier. When you go to their profile, you will be able to see no less than 12 of their last posts. Not that you should base your entire impression on that, it will give you a good feel for how they run their profile. Some true pick based accounts will show their record each day.
With new content added every minute, there will never be a shortage of stuff for you to look at. Get used to watching the stories, because you have full control over them. You can fast-forward, rewind, pause or skip to stories from the next profile with ease. It’s a ton of fun, as a lot of these guys incorporate humor into their stories, while others give you tips on bankroll management, sportsbooks and other general sports betting topics.
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I will talk more about this topic in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for more great information on how to use Instagram to help you win more bets and beat the bookie.