Instagram has grown to become one of the most popular ways to share photos and videos worldwide. With over 700 million daily users globally, the photo-sharing platform is a go-to means for a lot of celebrities for posting vacation pictures, Boomerangs, and more. The Facebook-owned company is poised to grow bigger than Facebook itself, thanks to tons of new features that it keeps adding to make the platform more fun and convenient.
There’s no doubt that a lot of personal sharing has shifted to Instagram. The Stories feature is one of the fastest-growing features with over 250 million daily global users. Stories lets users post photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, which is the highlight of the feature. Instagram Stories, which has been inspired by Snapchat Stories feature, now has more users than Snapchat app itself.
Now while avid Instagrammers might have mastered the art of increasing followers and likes on their accounts, those new to the platform might be overwhelmed by the number of features. So we have put together a list of tips and tricks that are likely to step up your Instagram game.
Remember Instagram is all about great photos, the kind of filters, and hashtags that you use. Great photos do not necessarily mean those clicked with a DSLR, but those in focus and with right amount of light will also do the trick. Plus Instagram offers a host of filters to choose from before uploading a picture. You can tap the filter twice to change the strength of it before sharing the photo.
Adding local hashtags related to a picture will help increase followers around you. For a wider reach, just check the relevant ones that are trending and add them to your picture. Tagging location of where the picture was taken helps as well. Another tip is don’t add your hashtags all in the caption. Your first comment can be the hashtags if you plan to use too many in one go.
Want to hide a picture from your followers without removing it from Instagram? This is where the Archive feature comes in. You can simply click on “…” at the top of a post and choose ‘Archive’. These posts will only be visible to you in an Archive folder, which appears on top right corner of profile.
In fact, you can choose to make these posts visible to followers again at any point of time, with all likes and comments intact. To do so, just tap on ‘Show on Profile’ option.
Send disappearing photos, videos
Direct message will let you send disappearing photos, videos to a friend or group of friends. The option appears when you right swipe left in Direct. Click on the blue camera icon to take disappearing photos or hold onto it to capture a video. Next, simply tap the send button. Instagram lets you keep a track of who has seen your message.
Avert confusion with message threads
Comment threads essentially makes it easier to reply to specific threads in the comment section. Click on reply tab underneath a particular comment to start a separate comments thread. From here on, all replies on this comment will be grouped in a separate thread.
Block offensive comments
Instagram lets you block offensive, inappropriate comments on posts as well as in live videos. To activate, click on the “…” settings menu and then Comments. It is important to note that the feature only removes offensive comments, while the other ones will appear as is. You can still report, delete or turn regular comments.
Reduce spam in comments
Instagram recently updated its platform to add the ability to filter spam in comments and live videos. It allows for removing spam in nine languages which include English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.
Right Boomerang captured at the right time can be a lot of fun. Boomerang, which used to be a separate app, was integrated into Instagram Stories features. You can click on the infinity icon besides camera icon in Stories window to start using Boomerang.
Boomerangs are short videos that play in a loop, similar to a GIF. If you like GIFs, then it is likely you’d find Boomerang interesting, more so because they’re more personalised. You can add filters, stickers, and designs to make Boomerangs more fun.
Time-lapse videos with Hyperlapse app
With Hyperlapse app, you can create hyperlapse videos to up to 12x, and post them on Instagram. The service automatically reduces shakes in a video for a steady shot.