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.
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.
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!
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.
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?