Share Your Instagram and Twitter Photos on the Smart Doll Store

POSTED BY DANNY CHOO On Sat 2019/02/16 17:20 JST

Update - now works with Twitter! Typical links work like the Instagram links and would look something like

Hey Folks! Danny here. Today I want to talk about the "Customer Photos From Instagram" section that can be found on all product detail pages.

I made this feature for a few reasons. One is so that potential customers can see the product for what it is by checking out photos taken by real customers. Personally, when I look for something to buy I always google photos taken by real customers and I think most consumers do the same.

Another reason is that I want to repay the favor in driving traffic to your Instagram account for all the help you have been in sharing Smart Doll lurve.

How to Start Sharing

Getting your Instagram photos onto the Smart Doll online store is easy and the approval process is usually done within a day. Just go to a product page, scroll down to the Customer Photos section and click/tap “Add your Photo!” then paste in the URL (link) of your Instagram photo for that product. From the Instagram app or web browser you can tap on the three dots and tap on “copy link.”

Your photo will then go into a queue where I approve or reject photos. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see an example of the types of photos that have been approved for Mirai Anniversary - she's so cute!

You can share not only photos of your Smart Doll but of our apparel and accessories too and you should submit your photos to the relevant product detail page. For example submit photos of your girls and the Medium Smooth Bust to that product page. Also would love to see photos of you and your Smart Doll too! And when you do share your photos on Instagram use the #smartdoll hashtag. 

What gets disapproved?

The following are a few examples of what might get disapproved. 

  • As you can see we use the square format - if you submit a portrait size photo then the heads are likely to experience some Biohazard Corridor Scene and are usually rejected. 
  • Some folks change the eyes (which is great and encouraged) and can be of any brand - but some brand of eyes don't quite fit our Smart Doll heads and look odd.
  • Photos submitted to the wrong product.
  • Photos that contain more than two Smart Dolls which are submitted for a single Smart Doll - this could confuse a newbie.
  • Accounts that are private - this is because we cant access your data.
  • Sometimes Instagram or Twitter flag content as "potentially sensitive" and wont give us access to the data - not our fault.
  • You are free to submit your best shots (for example 5 photos for Kizuna) but I may only approve 4 of them to give other folks a chance to show their photos. However you can submit more if you got Kizuna (for example) wearing something different from a different photoshoot.
  • Photos that include brand of other dolls - this is because we have been threatened with legal action in the past by you know who. However the actual account can have photos of other doll brands.
  • Photos with frames or strong filters. Actually photos without filters get more engagement as shown in userbility tests.
  • Photos with text on it usually get disapproved as it messes with the consistency of the display yo.

Whats OK to submit?

  • It's fine for your Smart Doll to be wearing stuff not made by us - why not?
  • If you sell stuff then its fine for your Smart Doll to be wearing (apparel) or holding your goodies (accessories).
  • What you have written for that particular photo is not taken into account - I only approve the photo as only the photo shows up.
  • It's fine for your account to have photos of other brand dolls - what you have on your account is none of our concern.
  • It's OK to submit the same photo for multiple products. For example Kanata wearing a Field Jacket can be submitted to the Field Jacket, Glasses and Kanata product page.

What's in this for you?

As you are sharing photos on Instagram, we presume that you enjoy our stuff - thank you! Hopefully folks will be able to discover your photos from an official source and follow your account. But to folks who say "that's not enough!" I say "Ow ok then - I will choose folks who are proactively sharing their photos and reward them with goodies.

What would especially help is posting photos of wig/eye/smart doll combinations.

Oh bugger

This feature is created using Instagram's API (Application Programming Interface) which can change without warning - and when it does we need to fix what they broke. While its broken, odd errors may appear saying that your account is invalid or private or whatever. If this happens to you please let us know so we can fix it.

Also, if the Instagram link doesn't work then try stripping it down to the bare bones from