It looks as though the tricks of the MySpace glory days are STILL being used by some bands today. The only difference is that the social network has changed.
This type of behaviour doesn’t make any sense at all! In fact, I’d argue that those “tricks” are what drove people away from those social networks in the first place. And what are those tricks exactly? Indiscriminately ADDING EVERYONE (read: Spamming). That means, Friend-ing EVERYONE, Tagging EVERYONE, Following EVERYONE, Over-posting, etc.
Wake up folks this doesn’t work. Most people have enough social media savvy to know when they are being spammed, even if it’s on a new network (like Instagram).
The only way to make meaningful long-term fans via social media is to do it the old fashion way; Post good content, engage new followers, and pace yourself. Writing “IF U FOLLOW ME I WILL FOLLOW U BACK” on someone’s wall/photo/stream will only work if you’re interested in gathering a following of people who only care about their number of followers. They don’t care about your music.
Use your head, and be real online. Spamming gets you nowhere and wastes everyone’s time; EVOLVE.