Question: I’m not a big social media user but my friends finally convinced me to give Instagram a try. How do I get started and post things people will like?
Answer: If you’re already using other social media sites like Facebook, you’ll find that Instagram is similar in many ways. If not, Instagram is easy to learn. Here are some suggestions for sharing your photos and videos:
Frequency: Find the right balance between posting too much and not enough. If you post too infrequently, followers will drift away. If you post too much, they’ll get annoyed by your items flooding their feed.
Subject matter: Use your account to show your smiling face sometimes but don’t forget about the rest of the world. Post photos of beautiful scenery, other people, and, yes, even your food.
Special effects: Instagram includes some filters to change the way your photos look. They can be fun in small doses but don’t be tempted to overuse them.
Hashtags: These “labels” for your text can help you connect to others with similar interests. But again, don’t overdo it. One or two hashtags per post is plenty.
Reciprocation: It’s always a thrill when others comment on or like your posts. Remember that feeling and give it to others by commenting on or liking 2-3 items from other people for every one you post.
Stories: Use the Stories function (in which photos and videos disappear after 24 hours) to share fun, in-the-moment shots, while saving your best work for your permanent profile.