I’m not sure if I’m the most socially acceptable person on Instagram, but after downloading the app in September, I’ve learned a few do’s and don’t’s that I feel the need to share. I’ve made the classic mistake of accidentally liking someone’s picture thinking I was zooming in, or deleting a picture because the likes were so low you could still see the names of who liked it. Just all around awkward. So here are some tips on having Instagram etiquette, for those of you who haven’t gotten on board yet.
Commenting and Liking
We all know that obtaining Instagram “likes” stands as the single most important factor about the app. So if someone takes the time to comment on your photo, they’re obligated to like it as well. Commenting on the picture without liking it is equivalent to ordering your friend a birthday cake and making them pay for it. It’s rude; you have to do the whole enchilada.
This should be a no-brainer, but it comes with the etiquette. If your roommates or friends post a picture, there’s a good chance they asked you if they should post it in the first place. “Is this cute?” “Should I use a different filter?” All that good uncertainty. Even if they didn’t get the clear from you before, you should like the picture ASAP. Your friends and roommates are usually guaranteed “likers,” so you’re not left with “likes” from just your cousin and mom.
For those who have Insta, we all have that girl, or sometimes guy, who posts more than one picture a day. Or someone who posts both their lunch and dinner. Pretty unnecessary. Don’t be that person, unless there’s a special occasion such as attending a White House party, or meeting multiple celebrities in a day. As both being extremely unlikely, refrain from posting more than one picture a day. Don’t be greedy with everyone’s feed.
I know it seems trivial, but this Instagram etiquette will benefit users alike. So the next time you post that adorable picture of you and your dog or you’re scrolling through the feed, keep these tips in mind for an all-around better Instagram experience.