How to Use Instagram: Part Two

A few months ago, I wrote a tutorial on how to use instagram. The basics on getting started with instagram: what it is, how to take pics, how to share them, and how to find friends on instagram. If you missed that and need a basic instagram tutorial, be sure to check that out.

In this follow up, I wanted to point out a few more instagram features for those of you still figuring out how to use instagram.

When you open instagram to your Feed, you may notice some numbers in a “talk” bubble above your News button.

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This will tell you from left to right: how many new messages you have, how many new likes you have, and how many new people are following you on instagram. Click on your News button to see more.

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You can click on the pictures or the usernames to find out more info. The news stream will also tell you when a friend has joined instagram, as long as you have other social networks like twitter connected to your instagram account. If you still need to do that, you can check out my first instagram tutorial.

Another item you can see in your news stream is when someone tags you either in a photo or in a comment on another photo. To tag someone, you type the @ symbol, followed by their instagram username. If someone asks a question or makes a comment on a photo and you want them to be sure they will see your response, you need to tag them. Otherwise, they might not see your comment unless they revisit your photo and happen upon it. So, if it is something you want to be sure they do see, be sure to tag them!

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I made sure to tag a friend who was just dying to know if that was a Tim McGraw impersonator that I was hanging out with this weekend. This way, the answer showed up in her News feed.

One last tip on how to use instagram: if you follow a lot of people, you may miss pictures from people that you really want to see. For me, I want to be sure not to miss a single photo that my brother or my sister-in-law post. You can easily find a user on instagram.

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Click on your profile and select "Find Friends"

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Select "Search names and usernames"

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Then type in their username

Then you can be sure to see all their pics. This is also how you can search for someone to follow on instagram by their username. Search for me, shellthings, if we don’t already follow each other!

Do you have any more questions about how to use instagram?

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  1. I must live under a rock because this is the first time I’ve ever heard of that, Instagram.
    So many things to keep up with. LOL. I’ll get there eventually. Just don’t know when.
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    • i want to know how to write on the constaltion things how do you do it its bugging me i want to figure it out i must live under a rock too

  2. This is a great tutorial. I wish I had read something similar when I first started out using Instagram.
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  3. Who knew! Seriously, I just always used this to take pictures and maybe post on FB.
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  4. I just noticed how many neat pics you had up on twitter. Now I know it’s because not only do you have adorable kids, but you are an instagram expert! I am SO hoping to get an updated phone when my contract is up so I can play with all these neat grown-up toys. Very cool.
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  5. I’m not on there but if I was I would follow you :)
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  6. I have a droid, I don’t believe Instagram is available yet but I know they were working on it. Can’t wait. I love seeing everyone use it on Twitter.
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  7. I have a Droid. :(
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  8. I love instagram. And I have also found that it is a great distraction for my children. They love scrolling through all the pictures. Like right now my 5 year old thinks that we are supposed to put a picture of our Elf on instagram everyday because she sees all the pictures of everyone else’s.

    Thanks for the great tutorial.

  9. EXCELLENT tips, friend- thank you!

    I have instagram downloaded and ready- but haven’t tried it yet! {Did I really just admit that?!}

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  10. Oh Lawd…I had no idea. I tried downloading the app a while ago but it never worked for some reason. Perhaps it was the person trying to work it. Meh.
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  11. I love instagram! One of my favorite apps and now I’m following you!

  12. Never even heard of instagram! What does that say about me?
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  13. Is it only for iPhones? I have a Droid.
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  14. Thanks! This looks like a really good program. I can’t wait for the droid version!!
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  15. I can’t wait for it to come out for my phone. I covet the instagram program/app. :>
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  16. I am a big Instagram fan. Nice tutorial.
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  17. i have a blackberry, no instagram for me :(
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  18. I so need to get a smart phone!
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  19. Oh I didn’t realize that about searching for friends. Speaking of I need to go look at it again- I go through spurts with it
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  20. I’m already following you on Instagram and I love using it to see pictures. I miss a lot of them on Twitter so it’s really nice to have Instagram to see them instead.
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  21. Haha – where was this a few months ago when I was trying to figure what the heck I was doing. LOL. I think a lot of people will find this helpful!
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  22. Thanks Babe. I use Instagram but just snap the photo, choose the filter, and leave it :)
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  23. Excellent tips. Thanks for the one about tagging people in comment replies especially.

    Now following you!

  24. Now following you – I’m Janmary (hint, hint!)
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  25. Thanks for all the tips. Sometimes I just do the bare minimum when learning a new app and don’t get as much out of it…This tutorial really helped get to the important stuff without having to dig around. Wish I had found you sooner. Would have saved me some time in figuring it out!

  26. Just read your Instagram tutorials yesterday, after having the app for 4 months and not getting what it’s all about. Now, I’m hooked! I can’t stop playing with it. Thanks for your help.

  27. Thnk u for the tutorial. It was very helpful. I was hoping u can help me some more. I noticed people have several pics in one shot, how do u do it? I also notice people leave pics of shoes and other items in their comments. I would like to learn how to do it. Can u help me? Thanks

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  29. Heather says:

    I am contemplating whether or not to join the instagram world so I have lots of questions! A few that instantly come to mind would be : 1. Does every picture I edit / use the filters on the app get downloaded for the instagram community to see? 2. Can I set my account to private so that only a
    select few can view my photos? 3. How do I request someone to allow me to view their photos? 4. I am just a mother of 2 who dabbles (quite seriously) in photography. I thought this would be a great way to view other photos and see how creative I can be with my new iPhone. Am I under the right impression or is this for the “younger” generation? I certainly hope instagram is easier than some of the newer social networks out there with their own special language that I still don’t understand! Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! Take care of you …

  30. brittany says:

    I have instagram for Android and I can not figure out how to delete comments I tries sliding my finger across comments and tapping i just can’t figure it out please help!

  31. Thanks for this info. I’m new to instagram and find it really difficult to understand. I’m good with the filtering part but how do I save a picture? What if I don’t want to blast it into the ether and just want to save it? Can I take a bunch of pictures and mess with the filters later or do you have to take and create a picture one at a time? Instagram’s website should have a how to/tutorial. I’m glad you took the time to create this, but I still have a bunch of basic questions.

  32. Robert Williams says:

    How do you promote someone’s picture

  33. If someone is following you and you don’t know who he/she is how do you find out what there name is?

  34. Cool tips! thank you for sharing) I’ve learned a lot!
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    Hi! Thanks for all this info! I’m new to Instagram so I’m still trying to get use to it (& u know, figure out what I can or can’t do, that I’m so use to doing on Facebook ). My teenage son set my account up & right after took a pic of us and posted it (just to sort of give me a quick “how to”). My question is: before my son posted the pic of us he wrote S/O _ohYesssJenny_ (& I was assuming he did that to tag me in the pic, so it would show up on my page as well, & it did!?) however since then I’ve tried doing the same thing to share w/ him or my daughter but the pic doesn’t appear on their walls, only mine?! What am I doing wrong? Is it even possible to tag/share my pic to someone else’s wall (I mean it must be cuz my son did it) . Sorry I would just ask him but he’s not around right now AND Sorry Made this question so long & drawn out ! Thanks again for you time & help!!

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