Postedo

Simple Instagram scheduler that publishes for you

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#3 Product of the DayJanuary 12, 2018

Postedo is simple Instagram scheduling tool that saves user’s time by posting for them. Unlike similar products, we never store user’s password.

Reviews

  • Ross CurrieFounder, Brutal TearDowns
    Pros: 

    Great for lazy people

    Cons: 

    Violates Instagram Terms of Use

    Instagram terms of use explicitly prohibit automating posting like this - it's why you can't find apps out there that allow you to schedule posts without providing your password.

    Over the last year Instagram have been taking an agressive stance against all forms of automation on their platform, and it's become clear that their discovery/newsfeed algorithms are now detecting behaviour like this and applying punitive measures (one example being the infamous 'shadowban')

    Ross Currie has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    Post w/o the inconvenience of having to do it in prime hours or from a tiny screen.

    Cons: 

    Requires downgrading authentication to remove two-factor.

    I would love to use this product but would not under its current constraints.

    mco has used this product for one day.

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Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
Hi Hunters! I and @k_vrbova have made this simple site that lets you easily schedule Instagram posts and publishes them for you. I know there’s already a bunch of sites that do this, but here’s the problem I have with them and the solution: 🤔 Problem: I enjoy taking photos, editing them, but I don’t enjoy publishing them on Instagram from my tiny phone screen, because I’m more a computer guy. I also find whole process of posting a photo as a huge productivity and time killer. I’d rather schedule all my photos (with captions) in a single hour than do it one by one throughout the week. I found a few sites that do exactly what I was looking for, but all have one major problem - they save your Instagram password. 💡 Solution: Create a site that lets you schedule Instagram posts, publishes them for you and does not store in any shape or form your Instagram password. So, during christmas holidays we reserved a week to make this thing happen. 🛠 How it’s made: We’ve made the overall design by ourselves. @k_vrbova created all the illustrations and graphics. She also coded almost entire landing page without any actual coding experience! I coded the rest. I used react for the frontend, backend and posting scripts are written in node.js, database is mongodb (I’d choose differently now). 97% of all work was done in a single week. How can we not store Instagram password? When user adds his Instagram account he is asked to provide a password, but we never actually save it (see it or trace it), we just use the password to fill in Instagram login form and nothing more. After successful login we use the “stay logged in” feature to keep publishing for user without any hassle. Also, our site uses only HTTPS - meaning all communications between user’s browser and our site are encrypted. How does posting work? The actual publishing to Instagram is done by emulating android devices, so in practise we click on the same buttons as user would normally do. We certainly do not use Instagram private API or some other shady business. Give Postedo a try, you can only gain! :) - Register is super simple (only email required) - There’s no credit card requirement, there isn’t actually any pricing - You can publish 2 posts per day Please, leave us any kind of feedback, thank you! ❤️
Ross Currie@rossdcurrie · Founder, Brutal TearDowns
@k_vrbova @pkrupar The reason you only found websites that require you to enter and save your password, is because the Instagram ToS, and the Instagram API ToS prevent you from posting photos... so there's no way to do this via the API login. It basically comes down to this: You might want to schedule up all your photos for the week, but Instagram wants you to post them from your phone. The best option currently available are tools like Buffer and Hootsuite, which allow you to schedule your photos up, and then remind you at the time you're required to post, pre-populating your clipboard/photo feed with the text/photos that you need to post at that time. Everything else is against the Instagram terms of use, and risks punitive measures - which these days is likely to result in Instagram filtering you out of all their discovery algorithms, which will kill your post engagement, rather than an outright account ban.
Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
@k_vrbova @rossdcurrie I think you completely misunderstood and your response doesn't give much of a sense to me. My point is, there aren't any good sites, that will automatically publish for me and not store my password. To best of my knowledge, we don't violate any Instagram's terms. - We don't store user's credentials. - We do not use Instagram's private API (which I pointed out several times). Buffer or Hootsuite isn't for everyone. You still need to publish the post manually and that's not an option for many people. An example is social media account manager that is in a different timezone than client's targeted audience. Or just a dude that prefers to hang out with friends instead of eagerly waiting for that sweet Hootsuite notification. Postedo isn't for everyone either, but at least it is finally a safe option for those who don't want to share their Instagram password and still be able to schedule posts.
Ross Currie@rossdcurrie · Founder, Brutal TearDowns
@k_vrbova @pkrupar Well, it's pretty simple. 4. You agree that you will not solicit, collect or use the login credentials of other Instagram users. You are soliciting and using your user's login credentials. Whether you store them is irrelevant. Regardless of whether you think you've found a loophole, Instagram has shown that they have zero tolerance for apps that provide services that circumvent their UI and API. Best of luck!
Daniel Marcinkowski@dmarcinkowski_ · Social Media Specialist @ Daftcode
Finally something that works and it's safe! Will it support Stories too?
Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
@dmarcinkowski_ Thank you for the question! I'd say definitely yes, but it largely depends if people will actually use Postedo, therefore we'll be motivated to develop such features (not much a stories user myself). Are scheduled stories something you'd be using regularly?
Daniel Marcinkowski@dmarcinkowski_ · Social Media Specialist @ Daftcode
@pkrupar Not me myself, but it would be very nice feature to have for our Social Media team :)
Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
@dmarcinkowski_ got it, thanks for sharing that. :)
Rusty@rusty_td · Passionate software engineer 👨‍💻⚡️
Great work! Some time ago I looked into how to automate posts publishing on Instagram for my basic purposes. But found that official API doesn't support this functionality, reverse engineering their client protocols and then pretending to be one of the official clients was not allowed either. I guess, I gave up to soon :) Well done on overcoming these limitations 👍
Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
@rusty_td Thank you for the kind words! Well, you can definitely use Postedo for you personal / basic purposes. It will always be free to some extent unlike other similar sites / apps :)
Desmond Popkowski@desmondzik · Digital marketing manager
Amazing, thanks for that, it will be really handy! Are you positive Instagram won't figure it out, though? Some copy feedback: it's 'Features you'll fall in love with' - missing the last word on your website.
Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
@desmondzik Thank you for your comment! Before we started building Postedo I was looking at that and I haven't found out anything worrying. There're a few similar sites, that posts for the user and they operate a few years now without any problems as far as I can tell. I also don't think Instagram has any interest in looking at automated posting or dealing with it because distinguishing real user and not so real user when we click on the same set of buttons is too difficult to do right. Imagine how annoying for users would be if an algorithm made a mistake and flag them as not so real. Big sites such as Instagram with huge traffic can't effort even slight chance of such failure. Furthermore, you could hire an assistent to post for you and it would be practically the same thing as using a virtual one. Nowadays, every large company has a dedicated team to manage their social and to post for them. That's the same thing, again. But, I could be wrong, you never know. I can't influence Instagram's actions, however, I can make Postedo save for users to use by banning potential spammers, so the community of Postedo users is not harmful to Instagram in any way. You're right, thank your for pointing that out. We thought the "with" made the title too long, but we should reconsider. Please, let me know if you have any further questions. :)
Desmond Popkowski@desmondzik · Digital marketing manager
@pkrupar Thanks for the long explanation. Makes sense and makes you wonder why the big boys like Buffer and Hootsuite don't do that. As for the long headline - maybe 'Features you'll love'? Sounds good and is actually correct, haha.
Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
@desmondzik You're welcome. Thanks for the copy suggestion, sounds good, I'll update it today. :)
Matt AungerPro@matt_aunger · Designer, Marketer, Maker of things.
Is your app not breaching term 4 of Instagram's terms of use? https://help.instagram.com/47874... "4. You agree that you will not solicit, collect or use the login credentials of other Instagram users" Edit: Also term 5 of Instagram's public API platform policy: https://www.instagram.com/about/... "5. Don't store or cache Instagram login credentials."
Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
@matt_aunger Thank you for the question. Well, we're actually the only site that doesn't store user's password and that's also the main point why we build this. There're several similar products which don't stress this enough. I think those who want to save their time and use tool like this will always find a way, even though it might be a sketchy one. With that in mind, why not give them a safer option. That's why Postedo exists.
Matt AungerPro@matt_aunger · Designer, Marketer, Maker of things.
@pkrupar how do you post to a users profile without storing their login information?!
Matt AungerPro@matt_aunger · Designer, Marketer, Maker of things.
@pkrupar Sorry man, not trying to be difficult here, just wanting to understand it before I jump in. Don't want to risk losing any IG accounts 😄
Patrik KruparMaker@pkrupar · Liftground co-founder
@matt_aunger I've already addressed this in my initial comment here above. Please, read the "How can we not store Instagram password?" section. :)
fabriziocalogeroPro@fabriziocaloge · I build stuff
@matt_aunger Also 10. You must not access Instagram's private API by means other than those permitted by Instagram and 34. Don't reverse engineer the Instagram APIs or any of Instagram's apps.