Monday, February 3, 2014

3 Tips for the Instagram User

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When I pull up a new account that I am thinking of following, I try and give them the benefit of the doubt. I try and not judge an account by it's pictures, even though sometimes it can be hard.  Here are my 3 very simple guidelines when following or unfollowing an Instagram account.

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Visual Portfolio of Your Life.

I want to see a life. Not just things or products or food, but people, too. Actual people doing actual things. Of course I like seeing those products or food items, etc., but I also like seeing that there is an actual person (or family) behind the account that I can connect with and not just a robot. Which brings me to my second point.

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One of the things I like most about Instagram is the connection with other people. I like looking at a moment in their day, week, or life and either learning something FROM them or relating TO them somehow. I like when people comment on my pictures (obviously), but I like it even more when I comment on other people's pictures and actually get some sort of response from them. Even if it's a simple "Thanks." A small acknowledgment goes a long way and it helps me strengthen not only blogger relationships, but real life relationships as well. 

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Make it Inviting.

This one is a two in one. This not only relates to the pictures in the feed itself, but your account as a whole. If that makes any sense. By no means do the pictures have to be fancy (you all know mine are not), but I guess what I'm trying to say is also be vulnerable. It's not about making just the pictures somewhat appealing to look at visually, but being honest, genuine and open with your life as a whole.

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Pretty simple, right? Now go Instagram!!

You can find me @MrsMamaD


Brittany said...

I love instagram but the commenting does confuse me. I feel like no one ever responds to comments so I kinda quit too, I only do sometimes now. But you're saying I should respond?? Good! It does feel a little weird when I don't say anything back and I guess I don't like it when people don't respond to my comments.

lo @ crazy ever after said...

Loved this! I need to be better about responding to people on all forms of social media.

ajs {of MN} said...

i agree with all of this!! i love finding new IG friends, but then again find that from time to time i have to make a sweep ;)

~Dawn~ said...

Great tips :) Some days I totally rock at replying back to everyone on IG and commenting on their photos and others I have a harder time keeping up.

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