Updated on August the 07th. Scroll down or click here to jump to the update.
I am reading on the forums that right now there are heated discussions about the new subscription model that followliker is going to introduce to new AND old customers on September the 1st. I won’t deny that i have thought about trying automation software, wich FollowLiker is currently unarguably the most popular one (after Massplaner got shut down), though i just don’t think that a bot, no matter how well configured, can’t beat manual growth yet. Secondly, if your automation software gets shut down you are basically fucked and your income will drastically increase in a very short amount of of time. That’s why i eventually never bothered getting a licence for FL or any other bot solution. One FL licence (which is limited to one machine and can only handle a limited amount of accounts per campaign as well) is currently about $97 and granted lifetime usage until a few days ago. Starting September the service will be charged $5.99 monthly on top of the initial $97 for old and new customers, wich can become an expensive affair for people who handle lots of accounts. For those who only make a few bucks a day with their instagram accounts this will even become a money losing business.
Here’s a statemet from followliker that has been received by a user via email:
For many years, we have offered FollowLiker with unlimited support and we constantly add great features and updates. None of those things are changing! We are committed to providing an integrated social media automation solution at a price everyone can afford.
So what is changing? FollowLiker has grown to be a must-have tool for all categories of social media marketers. Over time, the usage of FollowLiker has grown significantly to the point where we now have several millions of accounts being managed with the program. Also, the social networks have began to change the rate at which they update their systems and the rate at which new features are added.
While we are excited by the exponential growth in the industry, we also want to ensure that we can maintain our commitment to offering unlimited access to the key and upcoming features to all users. To keep this commitment and to ensure the survival of the FollowLiker program, we are introducing a $5.99 monthly subscription.
This subscription plan will do two things:
– Allow the FollowLiker team to employ more hands in handling the frequent changes being made by the social networks.
– Increase the number of FollowLiker license servers distributed around the world.
Monthly subscription is on per-license basis. Payment will occur only once a month regardless of the number modules under a license. If two licenses are merged, monthly subscription for one of the licenses will be canceled.
You will be required to key into the subscription program on or before September 1, 2017. You can do that by clicking the “Help->Renew Subscription” menu in the software.
Thanks for your patronage, support and understanding.
Total dick-move, Followliker
Let’s face it: people who use bot automation for their instagram do it usually to make profit. Even if it might be controversial to run hundreds of accounts and generate traffic on a mass scale with bot automation, people chose to make this their source of income and they rely on software to run their business. And Followliker made a promise to these people: Pay once and you’ll get lifetime usage. Now their are pedaling back to a subscription modal without an official explanation and ripping their users off the worst way. Guess what.. People bought the software thinking they could use it free of further charge after the one time fee, put much time and effort to set it up, configured it the right way (there are more wrong ways than right ways to configure FL), built their bot armada on it and now they are stuck with a software that they have to pay a monthly fee for. Not cool FL, not cool.
The current automation monopoly
What happens there is basically FL being too cocky about the fact that there is no real competition out there right now. The best time to develop a Massplanner 2, some say. And i’m sure some coders are already working feverishly on a new competitor. This could very well be the the beginning of the end for followliker. And if so, totally deserved. No matter how much a monopoly you hold, you don’t say “lifetime” if you are going to charge a monthly fee afterwards.
So there has been a statement from a blackhatworld user who seems to be direktly affiliated with, or even the official representative of Followliker. This is what he wrote about the numerous complaints about the new decision:
“Let me first apologize for any inconvenience this decision might have caused, but due to the complications that have been building up in the last 14 weeks, we need to ensure the continuity of our product.
I understand that many users are concerned, but I can assure you that this is for the best.
Although we didn’t mention “lifetime” on our website or anywhere, I understand why some users feel they paid for life, but diminishing return is setting in. We need to balance our processes. I encourage users that are concerned to reason from our perspective for a moment.
This isn’t greed as some people are saying, it’s more about progress, systems are getting more complex and it requires us to bring in more expertise to handle them and this will cost us money.
The subscription plan will start in September and not now.
Monthly subscription is on per-license basis. Payment of $5.99 will occur only once a month regardless of the number modules under a license. If two licenses with different modules are merged, monthly subscription for one of the licenses will be canceled.
The subscription will commence only after the first month of license purchase. Users will not be charged until the second month.
If you have licenses that you are not yet using, you can defer the subscription renewal till the time/month you will be using the licenses.
Even if you don’t renew a license’s subscription, the license will still be active and you will be able to install and open the software, add your accounts, settings…
We had no better option than to start this subscription program. We have to put some things in place which will ensure the survival of the program.
We have been with you for some years now, I just wish some users will understand our position here.
After a shitload of replies to that where users where pondering on the “lifetime” thing, there was this final statement from the same user who wrote the above:
“Please show me where we specifically mentioned LIFETIME?
The way some users are speaking here is just unfortunate.
You expect to continue to receive updates, support for ever despite us not mentioning LIFETIME anywhere.
Do you even think we just woke to change things, why are some users talking this way.
Many users use the software for business, they collect money from the client on monthly basis but because we introduced a $5 after years, now that’s not good but you can keep charging your clients monthly.
Many users are reselling our license and collecting monthly fee secretly since 2014 but we never said anything.
Since last year we keep deferring monthly payment and kept running everything without complaint.”
To me, argueing about the fact that they never used the word “Lifetime” is just a playing on words. They definitely did used the term “One Time Payment” though, which is generally heavily associated with lifetime access. But you gotta give those guys some credit for using a smart, de-escalating language. I wonder how many days they needed to put that text together.. 😉
What do you think about the transition to a monthly subscription model in Followliker? Is it justified or fraud? Will you keep using FL?