Instagram for Beginners: 10 questions you might have

Instagram for Beginners: 10 questions you might have

1. What Exactly is Instagram?

In a nutshell, Instagram is a social media app (mainly a photo-sharing app) that allows users to share photos and videos from their lives, add captions, edit filters, tweak settings, engage with others and explore what others are sharing. But although Instagram has a desktop site for browsing (not uploading), the app continues to be a preferred environment for users to interact (check Lifewire website post “What Is Instagram Anyway?”).

2. Benefits of Using Instagram: Why Should Seniors Try it?

  • You can stay connected: Meeting with new and known people. Besides, you can also follow and be followed by them. Moreover, even if you don’t follow (or not followed by) anyone, you can still interact on Instagram.
  • You can have your own personal newsfeed: There are real, active, Instagram users based on just about everything, and you can follow them to check their daily updates.
  • You can avoid isolation and loneliness: your communication will be improved by following your family and friends. By doing this, you can check what they’ve been doing, and also comment on their feed and stories. You can also share what you’ve been doing by posting photos and videos – which is a very original way.
  • You can feel free to get inspired and use your creativity: Instagram will increase your artistic ability by taking pictures at different scenarios.

3. How Safe is Instagram?

According to the Instagram website, Instagram is just as safe to use as other popular social networks. As long as you don’t violate their terms of service, or do anything carelessly, you’ll be safe using Instagram. If you’re concerned about your privacy, you can set your profile to “private” so you can decide who can follow you and see your posts.

4. Does Instagram Cost Anything?

Instagram is free to download and use. You can sign up for an account, capture, edit, and post photos and videos, and use all of the app’s basic features for free as well. Since Instagram doesn’t charge its users to access the app or its services, it makes most of its money through advertising.

5. What you’ll find on Instagram?

While checking this app, you will basically find Instagram feed and Instagram Stories.

6. What is an Instagram Feed?

As stated on the Instagram website, Instagram Feed is a place where you can share and connect with the people and things you care about. When you open Instagram or refresh your feed, the photos and videos the app think you care about most will appear towards the top of your feed. In addition to seeing content from people and hashtags you follow, you may also see suggested accounts that are relevant to your interests.

7. What are Instagram Stories?

Instagram Stories are short videos or photos that disappear after 24 hours. They are less permanent, more “in the moment” pieces of content At first, you might think this is an unnecessary or even useless feature, but they enable you to give a little more current-time “story” to your content, without worrying to make this content to be “by the book”, since it will be gone on the next day (check Postcron website post “Instagram Stories: everything you need to know to get the max out of this feature”).

8. What’s the Difference Between Instagram Feed and Instagram Story?

A unique concept of Instagram Stories is that it allows your followers to see images and footage that may not make it to your Instagram Feed often. This is a perspective that viewers love to see because it provides a sense of transparency for viewers (check Imaginemediaconsulting website post “Diving into the Differences of Instagram Stories vs. Instagram Posts in the Feed”).

Besides, with Instagram Stories, there is no need to provide an extensive chunk of text or captions, because of the amount of time it lasts. If you plan your stories out correctly, you will need very minimal text to drive a message. If the viewer has to back tap or pause the story in order to read the text it may be too wordy. Try keeping the words in the story between 5-15 words per image or video.

9. What is an Instagram Post?

An Instagram post is a photo or video that an Instagram user shares on the platform.

10. What is a Hashtag (#) on Instagram?

Hashtags are used when you post something on your Instagram Feed or on your Instagram Story. To use it, you simply tap Write a caption and type # followed by text or emoji (example: #love).

After you tag your post or your story with a hashtag, you’ll be able to tap the hashtag to see a page that shows all photos and videos people have uploaded with that hashtag. Things to keep in mind: When people with private profiles tag posts, they won’t appear publicly on hashtag pages. Numbers are allowed in hashtags.

Related Questions:

What are the differences between these three social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram and facebook?

Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are social media platforms designed for sharing media and content. 

On Facebook you can interact with other users by following them, being followed by them, commenting, liking and private messaging. Instagram is owned by Facebook and the basics are almost similar in them. Instagram is like a simplified version of Facebook, with an emphasis on mobile use and visual sharing. Twitter is a microblogging platform that features retweeting, quoting, favorite something and multilevel reply chains.

Facebook can be used to make friends, upload videos, pics, statuses. Basically it connects people. Instagram is quite similar but in the case of Instagram, sharing is limited to only pictures and videos which can again be liked and commented.

Instead of making a friend feature like Facebook, Instagram uses the Follow method. You can follow your favorite celebs, friends, etc and see their pictures and videos. You can also message on Instagram.

Twitter is also similar but in this, you Tweet i.e. 280 characters sentences. It doesn’t give the user a lot of options like Facebook does and has limitations for its users on publishing content.  You can add pics and videos too. Twitter is basically used to interact with celebrities. People tweet their day—to—day stuff. You can Retweet or Favourite other tweets. Twitter also uses the Follow method.

Facebook allows a person to define themselves more than Instagram and Twitter. It asks you for your details like education, relationships, family, location and workplace. Apart from that, it allows its users to upload and share media of many varieties. Facebook is believed to be more personal than any other social media platform.

Which of these three social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) is more popular nowadays?

In previous years, Facebook used to attract teens a lot, but now it’s mostly used by adults. This is because yonger people prefer “faster” apps, where you can see more (and shorter) content in less time.

Instagram is hugely popular among teens, celebrities, photographers, travel bloggers and social media influencers. Users take to Instagram to share ideas using a very visual approach (images and videos).

Twitter is hugely popular among teens and celebrities as well. Users take to Twitter to talk (text) about their day, experiences and their interests.

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