Instagram said that a bug had caused some users' follower counts to increase, but this was a bug that's being fixed. That increase in people's follower count will disappear once the bug is completely fixed, TechCrunch reported.

A search on Twitter showed many users with smaller followings also saw an instant increase over the last day or so. Some were confused about whether those were real people who followed them or if Instagram was hacked.

"Some people's follower counts (as shown on their profiles) have spiked (incorrectly) due to a bug. We're fixing the bug and counts will be made accurate once we've got it fixed," a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.

So if you thought your photography skills have become superb overnight somehow, you will be disappointed. But it is time to move on as the bug problem has been resolved.