Monday, May 16, 2016

4 Things You Should Know (but probably don't) About Instagram


They totally changed everything up!  As of a few days ago, the logo and the colors are all SUPER different. You know how you get on your phone and you go to your social media folder and you look for the logo of your favorite social media app? Well I keep getting super confused about where mine is. Because it's very different!

I do not profess to know that much about everythinng but I do know a few things about this app and the things I mention are somewhat selfish in nature because they apply to me and/or are things that drive me insane about other users. Which is why I'm starting with the most annoying one first. Can you please tell all of your friends and family about this one?


1) If your settings are set to private, your hashtags don't help you. Mostly. Unless you use them to find your own stuff, hashtags are a waste of precious space on your posts. Use that space to fill us in on more details on the pic. or your life. There are some of us who use hashtags as a way to find other posts or friends with similar interests. If you're hoping to gain followers, deprivatizing (lol) yourself is the way to go. Hashtags when your account is private does NOT allow other people to see your posts.

2) There is a VERY easy way to make your Insta pics into a book. This has been a really fun adventure for me and our family. They have LOVED getting these books in the mail. I love having a tangible book to hold and snuggle up to my kids with. They enjoy seeing themselves on paper. Isn't it weird how our kids don't know what it's like to flip through a freshly developed roll of film? Anyway, I think I've told you about this before but Chatbooks offers the easiest and cheapest way to not even have to think about getting your stuff printed. I am not endorsed by them or affiliated. If you use my code you do get a free book and I think I get a dollar off my next book but I don't really know. ha! It's so worth it though!

3) There are TONS of filters hidden in the app. Here's the real deal. I totally created a new Instagram account (@lisa_nickle) just to make sure I wasn't making this up. So unless you already knew this, then you're in for a treat.  When logged in to Insta, act like you are going to post a picture, click the arrow to get to the filter area, and THEN scroll allllllllllll the way to the right and click on Manage. You can check and uncheck to your hearts desire. So many to choose from!



4) Instagram now allows for 1 minute videos! I think that's pretty self explanatory and maybe not super helpful BUT at least it's something right? I really enjoyed watching the longer-than-15-second videos of everyone who has been to a Beyonce concert. Sad face. I'm mostly just jealous!

Hope you've maybe hopefully learned something! If not, let me know what I should know about Instagram please!


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