Robinson Meyer explained Instagram best in his I Like Instagram post when he said “Instagram is broadcast, but in its endless scroll, it achieves something like intimacy. […] You can savor the density of meaning in pictures from close friends and the surface beauty of posts from distant ones.”
It is a great platform for showing off amazing photos of food, to travel adventures across the world, to keeping in touch with friends and family and new acquaintances. It’s a great way to meet people and make friends with complete strangers as well as inspire your creative spirit.
5 Steps to get started with Instagram
Happy Thursday! Here's to getting one day closer to the weekend! Any big & exciting plans or small and relaxing for the weekend? We have a weekend full of family fun and weddings – good thing I think my family is pretty much the best ever. #farmlife #midwestmoment #picklestravel #captureminnesota #minnesota #onlyinmn #themidwestival #mankato #countrygirl #instadaily #minnstagrammer #latergram #onlyinsomn #newulm #rsa_sky #nature_perfection #worldcaptures #sky_captures #sunrise #dogsofinstagram #bestofminnesota #passionpassport #travelstoke #MNArb_SummerBlooms #mnnature
Instagram is a social media platform for photography that is meant to be used on a smart phone. While you can sign up for an account and view photos on a computer, you can only upload photos from a smartphone. For me it’s a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes. The photography is gorgeous and the people are wonderful- but more on that later.
1. On your smart phone download the Instagram app.
The intention behind instagram is that it be ‘instant’ so you can only upload photos into Instagram through your mobile device, thus you need to have the app on your phone.
2. Sign up.
Come up with a user name and password (both of which can be changed in the future).
3. Fill in
Fill in any additional information that you want – or don’t. The app will ask for the information as part of the set-up process so no additional buttons to push here.
4. Give yourself a profile photo.
Click on the grey circle in the upper left hand of the screen. Several options should pop up on the bottom of your screen to “change profile photo”. Click on the Choose from Library button. Your phone may then ask you to grant the Instagram app the ability to access your photos. Say yes and scroll through your photos to find the one you want to use. Select it and make it your profile photo.
Nothing beats the giggle of a child as she runs across a bridge at full force! This little lady is the most sure-footed 2-year old I have ever met. She was running, while holding the dog leash across a path strewn with tree roots of every size and popping up at every angle and didn't fall or stumble once- which is more than I can say for myself… #travelstoke #postthepeople #fall #travelalaska #picklestravelmntoak #roadtrip #? #fallcolors #passionpassport #VSCOcam #AdventureAnywhere #anchorage #REI1440Project #makemoments #momentwide #PPLeadingLines
5. Add friends.
At the bottom of your screen click on the person icon (a head on a set of shoulders). You are now at your main profile page. At the top of the screen is a gear, click on that- this will take you to “Options.”
Under options the very first options are to find friends through Facebook and Twitter. Click on each line and sign into Facebook (or twitter) to find which of your friends are already connected. A list will display of all your Facebook friends that are using Instagram. You can go through the list and add who you want. Do the same for twitter. You have officially connected with friends.
Now find people you admire or accounts worth following. click on the icon that looks like a magnifying glass at the bottom of your screen. Click on the top where it says search and then select PEOPLE.
For example, if you’d like to follow me you can type in ‘Gretcholi‘ to search. Click on the link that pops up and then hit ‘Follow’. Repeat again for more friends.
You can also use this section to search different locations and hashtags. Have a passion for #foodporn? Look it up and find great accounts to follow that way.
So a thunderhead just rolled on through. Long Sundays on the prairie are the best, especially when Monday means several flights en route down to Guatemala, where I'll be spending two weeks volunteering in any capacity necessary. What does this week hold for you? Any adventures in your own backyard or to far off distances? #VSCOcam #capturemn #onlyinmn #midwestmoment #themidwestival #picklestravel #newulm #mankato #MNArb_SummerBlooms #RU_Scapes #jj_forum_1274 #travelstoke
Ready to learn more about instagram? Here are some more great tips!
- 11 Surefire Ways to Grow your Instagram Followers.
- Instagram’s Weekend Hashtag Project
- 10 Unusual hashtags you need to follow on Instagram
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