Instagram, What Not To Do

Instagram is my most favorite app on my iPhone.  I posted my first picture on Instagram on December 28, 2010. How do I even know that? A little awesome website called Statigram told me so.  Statigram also told me that there are 4257 comments and 17,779 likes on the photos that I’ve posted on Instagram.  Pretty cool, right?

What is Instagram?  Instagram is a photo sharing site. Instagram is a fun and free way to share your life through photos via your mobile phone device whether it be an iPhone or Android.

Instagram just released for the Android, and had 5 Million downloads in 6 days.  Which means, there are a ton of new users.  Also, I’m sure that you might have heard, that Facebook recently purchased Instagram for one billion dollars.  That is a lot of zeros.

Although Instagram sold-out to the Facebook overlords, I’m not quite ready to ditch the app just yet, but I am starting to get annoyed with some of the Instagram users on there lately.  I’m not the only one who has developed some pet peeves when it comes to Instagram.  I polled a couple of my friends, who are active users on Instagram to see what “bugs them” about Instagram.

My Top 10 Things Not To Do on Instagram

What Not To Do On Instagram

1.  Instagram Is Not Facebook or Twitter

Please save your thoughts, reflections and updates for those sites.  Instagram = Pictures. Got it?

To clarify this: I’m not talking about the text going along with the photo that you post. I’m talking about posting this silly Tweegrams and other notepad things like this.

2.  Instagram is not Etsy or E-Bay

We love that you make homemade lovelies, but please pawn off your wares elsewhere.  I enjoy seeing your creating your crafts, etc. But  I don’t want to see prices and buyers listed in your comments. Awkward much?

3.  Post Gross Photos

My friend is a runner, and she follows other runners on Instagram.  She loves to see all of the happy runners after races with their shiny metals. But, she loathes seeing photos that some runners post of their black or missing toenails.  I mean really, I don’t think that I would even show my husband that gross-ness in person.

4.  Re-post Someone Else’s Photo from Online and/or Pinterest Type Sites

I’m noticed more and more photos that are in the “popular” section on Instagram, are actually popular on Pinterest also.  They may be a nail paint job, or a certain hair-do.  They are not your original photos, i.e. thieving teenager who gets 3000 likes on someone else’s  photo that they right-clicked or screen shot from the Internetz.

5.  Beg People To follow You

If your photos are good, people will follow you. I promise.  Don’t leave comments on “popular” posters photos that say, “follow me” or “i love your photos soooo very much, come and check mine out”.  That is slightly annoying and a little creepy.

6.  Screenshot Your Blog Or Website

If there is a special occasion, new design, etc. go for it. But seriously, you don’t need to screenshot every blog post to say, “hey look, i have a blog, please come look”.  Instagram isn’t about promoting your blog, even if it is awesome.  Instagram is about photo sharing.

7.  Over-sharing Self Portraits

Yes, I think you are pretty, or maybe even beautiful. But really, self-portraits posted every day is a bit narcissistic.  I get uncomfortable when I see these posted over and over again by the same people.

8.  Using Too Many Filters On Your Photos

There are some really rad post-editing apps for photography on cellphones now.  Believe me, I know.  I have at least two pages of photography apps on my iPhone.  But really, there is only so much you can do when editing photos taken with your phone.  Be careful not to use too many filters on your photos.  And cross process, I love you, but cross process is turning into the new comic sans of photo edits.

9.  Over Posting On Instagram

As a blogger, I get invited to events occasionally.  Usually the brand or person hosting the event has some kind of hashtag that they would like you to use during the event and after for tracking purposes.  It makes the brand happy to see their hashtag #radbrandisawesome.  But I have noticed lately, that there are some bloggers who are over-promoting their events via Instagram.  We get it, you are at an event.  But posting a photo EVERY five minutes is not memorable for your followers.  Go through the photos that you took via your phone, and pick out the best ones.  Share those photos throughout the next few days with the hashtag.  It will have more ROI (return on investment) for that brand. And you won’t get unfollowed.

10.  Not Paying It Forward

Instagram is a photo sharing site.  The purpose is share and interact with each other’s photos.  I love when people comment on my photos.  And I love to give “likes” and comments on other people’s photos. There is nothing better than to take an awesome photo, crop it, add a filter, and then re-size it to perfectly fit in that little IG square….and then get instantaneous comments and likes.  Everyone loves praise! Do someone a favor, share the love!

Yes, every once in awhile, I violate my own pet peeves. 

But there is a time and place for everything!

What are your Instagram pet peeves?

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59 comments
Summer
Summer

Is there a way to show a fellow instagramer a photo that isn't yours? Like a "check this out" link of someone elses photo you really like?

Arenon
Arenon

I think if you don't like what someone posts on IG, then unfollow them. It's a social app, there are no rules as to how you can or cannot express yourself. Some things do get annoying, but probably no more annoying than the things you do as well. Trying to tell people how to be creative is about like saying you are a great photographer by using a cell phone and a bunch of editing apps...

Iceday
Iceday

Who died and made you the Instagram Police. 


tasket
tasket

I second the baby comment. Sure they are cute, but you should limit yourself to one or two photos a day. Posting 5 or 6 pictures in rapid succession of your kid doing basically the same thing is just annoying. Actually posting anything in in rapid succession is annoying. Everyone should limit themselves to a few, thoughtful, well-spaced out pics a day. everyone breaks the rules a few times but repeat offenders immediately get unfollowed. 

Leilani, you CAN do whatever you want, but that doesn't mean you SHOULD. People who don't follow these rules aren't getting arrested or anything, they are just showing that they don't really understand the basic purpose and function of a very popular social media platform. And they annoying the shit out of people that DO get it!

Cazholz
Cazholz

I dont get it?! You can post whatever you damn want, there's no rules for how to use Instagram...??

Joey
Joey

I have a pet Insta-peeve... BABIES. Tons of babies. Babies everywhere. Like, I know you're a proud parent of a newborn or toddler, but sometimes it's like "Here is little Bobby. Now here is little Bobby sticking his tongue out. Now here is little Bobby yawning. Now here is little Bobby with a pouty face. Now here is little Bobby eating Cheerios." REALLY? I swear, sometimes I see the same damn baby 16 times a day. It's annoying. RAAA!! And I'm done. :)

Carolina
Carolina

My peeve is seeing when others (even my own friends) post old pictures from their Facebook accounts!! I feel that instagram is (or was) more about Being creative and taking "insta" pictures, add a filter and done. -- I don't want to see your night out at the bar recycled Facebook pictures all over again!

Leilani
Leilani

I completely disagree with you. Instagram yes it's for photos, but i don't see why you can't post tweegram posts. Everyone has their own opinions and I think you can do what you want, when you want. Amendment #1 -freedom of speech, press, religion, & petition. Thanks you, Leilani.

Jessica Johnson
Jessica Johnson

I've been meaning to comment on this forever because it's my most favorite post in the history of all posts. But I suck at commenting (in case you hadn't noticed). But it's like you pulled the words right out of my head. THIS, my friend, is why I love you, Stalker McStalkerson. Especially the freaking garage sale out of your closet. NO. JUST NO.

Jazmin
Jazmin

I'm new to instagram (android) and I like to post of myself aswell as pictures that inspire me from the internet. So I was wondering how can I give them credit? That's one of my pet peeves, idk I feel like I'm being rude if I don't. lol

Cat Davis
Cat Davis

Geez, I didn't even realize Instagram was "social" ... I've been using it for months but just for photo editing (ie the filters). I take pics with iPhone on Instagram to share on FB, Twitter, blog etc but never even look at the stream on there.

Gina @ Oaxacaborn
Gina @ Oaxacaborn

My #1 advice? Unfollow the people who do things which annoy you! It's the easiest way to keep Instagram your happy place.

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia}
Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia}

great post! I don't think I've done too many of these...the Best Buy spam I've been seeing lately is what really annoys me!

Andrea Howe
Andrea Howe

Really good bits of advice for IG users. And you're right, the "follow me pleaaase" comments are so weird and wrong.

christi
christi

great post and i totally agree. my pet peeve is the over hash tagging of a photo. i think it dilutes the impact of the photo.

Tiffany Cruz
Tiffany Cruz

I love this post. I totally agree with all of your pet peeves. I hate people who continually post or beg for more followers. Who really cares how many followers you have? Numbers aren't everything. Sharing this post ;)

Angie
Angie

So glad you posted these - I had to share with a few people who are new ;) I think I share in the same peeves. My biggest is the people who post 20 in a row and there isn't anything remotely interesting about them. I don't follow a ton of people and I recently unfollowed a couple of people for "filling my feed" ... How do you manage following so many?!?!

Julie @Dutchbeingme
Julie @Dutchbeingme

I follow the rules pretty well! YAY... Except for today and my conversation with Siri. *hanging head in shame* :)

Summer Crosbie
Summer Crosbie

I agree with you on pretty much all of these! What drives me nuts: the mom that takes pics of her naked toddler and posts it with a little "label" over their private parts. I mean come on! Let your kids have some privacy. And to go with #7, what about posting pictures that you say you're ugly and clearly gorgeous. Who posts ugly pics of themselves? :) You're just fishing for compliments. Silly Instagrammers!

Jen
Jen

I am new to Instragam and probably posting too many photos right now. But it will die off because right now, it's new to me. Anyway, glad to find some rules and how to's. I want to play nice in the Instragam sandbox. :-)

Brooke
Brooke

great post, well said!

danica
danica

I TOTALLY agree with this post. So true on all aspects and I love Instagram too! I love a hashtag, but STOP WITH THE HASHTAGS that YOU make up #georgeiscute.... hello. who is REALLY going to search that. Okay thank you for allowing me to use your post to vent. HAHA

Jen @ Ginger Guide
Jen @ Ginger Guide

I may be guilty of a few of these sometimes. One of my friends likes to post pictures of what her kid is eating....every day.it gets to be a bit much. Plus when he gets cookies suddenly I want cookies. It's not good.

liz
liz

There are a few women who seem to ALWAYS post photos of themselves. Like at least once a day, every day. I kinda laugh because it really is pretty vain.

Maribel Reyes
Maribel Reyes

I love this! I agree with all of them even though I have sometimes been guilty of one or more ;) But I love Instagram and am not leaving yet.... I love following you on it because I love your pictures, the food ones are the best even though they make my mouth water.

pdxhadey
pdxhadey

One of my biggest IG pet peeves is the abundant use of hashtags. I don't mind hashtagging an event, or monthly challenges, etc., but the ones that put "Look at my #daughter in her #sparkly #purple #Toms. Isn't she totally #adorable? #igbabies #igkids #kidstagram #shoes #spring2012" GAH! I often look right over those photos, and certainly don't read the comments.

gigi
gigi

The narcissists drive me nuts on Instagram. Also, not only the people who post 5 gazillion photos of a brand event or blog conference, but people who post 5 gazillion photos of their kids doing nothing at their preschool in rapid succession - like a 3 minute timeframe? Drives.me.bananas.

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

I downloaded the app just the other day but am just not getting the love so much. Seems like a lot of work, lol. I'd rather photo edit on my computer. I guess if I had a really awesome picture that I wanted to edit quick that would be okay. Eh, maybe I'll get it some day.

Ana
Ana

I love this! I also dislike the lazy people who refuse to research photo apps and keep asking the same people over and over "How did you get those dots?" "How did you put three photos in one?" Usually it is in conjunction with #5. Thanks for this!

Ruthanne
Ruthanne

Ha ha! I'm pretty sure I've violated one . . . or more of those.

Jill of All Trades
Jill of All Trades

I haven't tried Instagram yet. I'm sure it will be next on my list of things to try though. Getting to be there is no life except my phone and laptop lately. EGAD!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

LOL, you crack me up! I'm so behind on commenting also. I forgive Stalker McStalkerson....:)

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Don't post other people's photos on your Instagram feed. People have been turned into Instagram for plagarism and their accounts have been revoked. There are other places to share photos that inspire you, like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, a blog, but make sure to give proper credit.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

LOL, that made me giggle. Yes, Cat, Instagram is social. It is like a mini Twitter/Facebook, where you can "like" and comment on people's photos, add followers, etc.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I found a way to remove the Best Buy spam. I wish more people would do that.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I agree. I don't understand when people give their photos random hashtags either. Over hash-tagging on Twitter is a HUGE pet peeve of mine too.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Oh ya, the naked toddler thing...awkward. I mean it is cute for the family, but not everyone on the Internet. Yes, they are clearly fishing for compliments.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I remember last year when I first started using Instagram. I posted everything. I have slowed down a ton. I post only my best photos, and space them out. I've found that it gives people more time to go through all of the pics, etc.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Seriously, I should have put that is the #1 pet peeve, hashtags. It seems like everyone gets annoyed with them.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Yes, the same situation over and over and over in photos...we get it people, but we don't want to see it!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

It's not a ton of work, you just have to practice. I think it makes you a better photographer with your phone. And if you look on the app, it gives you suggestions of people to follow. There are some very cool users on there that take amazing photos with their phones.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Yep, the lazy people. I can't tell you how many times I've typed, camera+, picframe, etc. when people ask. At least once a day.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Seriously, my favorite app. Ever since I got an iPad, I'm rarely on my laptop...

Jazmin
Jazmin

That must mean almost everyone is plagiarizing, oh well. I'll just post credit.