We are living in the time of social media, where the real and the counterfeit share the identical territory. Millions of goods and services are offered over various social websites each and every day, and among them is an agency which used to exist just in the margins of the yellow pages: sports-handicapping picks.
As a result of the recent legalization of sport betting, there are thousands of thousands of Instagram sports-handicapping accounts, with countless more cropping up daily. I signed up for a few of these’capping services to find out if they can provide on their promises of guaranteed wins. Here’s what happened.
To begin, I discovered just 100 Instagram accounts that certainly offered’expert’ sports picks in exchange for money.
I stuck with Instagram only for a few reasons. Not only does Instagram have additional accounts to pick from than any other platform, but I’d heard a great deal of rumblings about particularly lousy pick services being offered on Instagram. Plus, people can boast on Instagram greater than anyplace else, and ultimately I was looking to explore self-aggrandizing handicappers.
No social networking platform has good policing or stringent content regulators, but Instagram is a visual medium, and its authorities are generally more concerned with scrubbing a deluge of x-rated groin shots compared to sub-par handicappers. This is different than, say, Twitter or Facebook, that focus a lot more on the commercial aspects in their own platforms.
How I Sorted During Instagram’s Hundreds of Thousands of Self-Professed Handicappers
There was a two-day lag between creating the first 100-account list along with the date I picked which ones to sign-up for. In that time, 13 of those 100 accounts were already defunct. Of course, I can not conclusively say why they vanished, but my educated guess is that they were shut down to being fraudulent or were erased by their creators after picking too many losers.
I intended to reach out to 30 prominent handicappers and solicit their solutions. Since I wished to focus on the handicappers who are chiefly driven by societal media, I only pursued those who took payments through posted Venmo, PayPal, or the CashApp speeches — I remained off their sites.