Despite the fact I know almost everything about Instagram, I found it surprisingly hard to describe in a few words so, I googled it: ‘Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or private’.
On behalf of the majority of teenagers, it is mostly a mobile app and we use it to express ourselves to our followers. The basic building blocks of Instagram consist of mostly posting pictures, yet it has massively evolved and is more than just endless pictures of landscapes and sunsets.
It has emerged into live videos, direct messaging and ‘stories’. If you read my first article on Snapchat, then the term ‘story’ may not be so unfamiliar. A story is an album of 24-hour posts which you put up for your friends to see, these may be; your mood, location, the weather, what you’re up to or what you’re doing that day.
For me, Instagram is used as a way of connecting with friends and staying up to date with the latest. Instagram gives individuals the chance to indicate different interests through a series of ‘likes’ or verbalizing it in direct messages. I probably post on Instagram a couple times a week, spend 20 minutes a day scrolling through the lives of people at school and like 95% of the photos I see.
All you Mums out there reading this are probably rolling your eyes like my Mum did when I read this to her about the ‘likes’. Some people make the amount of ‘likes’ a competition whilst others try and work out the meaning of ‘like’ in terms of Instagram. Us teenagers are guilty of liking a photo that we don’t necessarily like, however we all find ourselves commenting on pictures that we do genuinely like. How many likes did I get into that sentence?
As much as I love the app, capturing moments and wasting all my time and data on Instagram, one of the less appealing aspects is when your mum comments, either using a fancy emoji or just a straight ‘beautiful bear’ a real cringe moment that shouldn’t be taken out of your house!
You’ve heard it before – making a good first impression is important… Well on social media this is truer than ever. Instagram bios are the first thing people will look at after stumbling across your account and that means your bio for Instagram is crucial! It’s going to help decide whether or not other users are going to follow you. So if you want the most followers and likes that aren’t real likes, maybe the odd comment then ensure your bio says ‘no ones life is as perfect as their Instagram feed.’