HBO Doc Fake Famous Helped Me Enjoy Instagram Again

Heidi Alice Suydam
Average Alice
Published in
9 min readMay 4, 2021

An honest review from an Instagram blogger.

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The bright, light pink background with white words that popped off the screen loudly spelling out “Fake Famous” drew me right in. These catchy words led me to an intriguing trailer all about Instagram fame. I was hooked!

Not only do I love documentaries. I love Instagram. Well, I did. Now I do again.

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When Fake Famous made its debut on February 2nd, 2021 I was in a social media slump. Spinning my wheels as a writer trying to grow my platform. For me, this meant I spent a lot of time for little reward. Small, slow growth at best. Declining growth at worst.

I was sucked into the social media vortex. Instead of using social media, the social media machine was using me. I was spending so much time (and money!) trying to manage my social media. Thinking I could beat the algorithm or at least break into it. I was feeding the system and making it grow while I was shrinking in every area.

My writing was inconsistent to non-existent.

My “followers” were increasing at a painfully slow rate or stagnant!

My “friends” were getting little of my time or effort online or in real life (and not because of quarantine)!

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Then, I stumbled upon Fake Famous.

Fake Famous was written and produced by Nick Bilton. Check out his LinkedIn Bio:

Nick Bilton’s is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair, a New York Times-bestselling author, a screenwriter, former columnist for The New York Times, and former adjunct professor for N.Y.U. He is also the host of the popular podcast, “Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton.”

Bilton’s reporting spans technology, culture, society, the future, and politics. His reporting is credited with helping force the F.A.A. to overturn their longtime ban on using cell phones, iPads and Kindles on airplanes. His investigative reporting has

Heidi Alice Suydam
Average Alice

I know a little bit about a lot of things! Addicted to coffee, research and writing. Founder of #thesosblog | Content Writer for Content Cucumber.