Like almost almost every other Gen-Yer with a smartphone, I have an Instagram account. I like it! It’s fun, low maintenance and I love seeing photos of my friends and a few of my favorite celebrities. Also, I love taking way too much time figuring out which filter makes me look least like a mountain troll (Rise, Mayfair, and Hudson, I think). But sometimes I look at people’s Instagrams and think, “What are you…why are you…stop doing it wrong.” Much like the wild west, deep space and any other next frontier, the internet and social media is totally whack, so we’re going to get a whole lot of whack people doing whack things on (whack) Instagram. But you don’t have to be one of those people. Having a fun, non-annoying Instagram is pretty simple. Here are 10 ways to make it happen.
Stop Begging For FollowersYou can practically hear these zombies moan, "FOLLOW4FOLLOW." Ugh, unless everybody you follow on Instagram is following you as a result of these ploys, keep it to a minimum. I assure you, it's annoying to just about everyone. Source: Dawn of the Dead
Embrace Your SelfiesSelfies are getting controversial! Apparently it's just some desperate ploy to get attention and be vain as hell. But sometimes there's a lot of empowerment in selfies! If you don't see any harm in it, then don't feel shamed about 'em! Taken from Caitlin's Instagram
Share Your Outfits!Don't be shy! This is a fun way of expressing yourself and sharing some style inspiration. Let's see those #OOTD posts! Taken from my Instagram
Share Your Throwback Pictures...If They're Actually ThrowbacksUh, I sort of live for seeing #TBT posts of my friends. But I keep seeing people do TBT pics of themselves from, like, a week ago. What? Taken from Jessica's Instagram
Have Some VarietyOkay, people can post what they want to post. If you're into the gym you're into the gym. But sometimes...we want to see what's going on in your life beyond your newest protein shake. The most fun Instagrams to follow have some variety, so don't be afraid to switch it up. Source: Shutterstock
Don't Post A Zillion Times In A RowWe love you and all but do we really need to see the same ducklip selfie at different angles 8 times in a row? Nah, probablynot. Source: Shutterstock
Be Careful About Your Instagram MapI was checking out my maps feature on Instagram a bit ago and got freaked out by how detailed the geolocation feature was. You could actually see where my apartment was located! I decided to remove photos taken at my house from my map and I feel a lot less paranoid now because of it. Definitely check your privacy settings, ladies! Source: Shutterstock
Stop Abusing HashtagsEspecially if your photo doesn't even feature what's in your hashtag! Look at the tags in this pic! Why do I see #catsofinstagram when there isn't a cat in sight? And it's not like you're going to get a ton of extra likes if you tag your selfie with #cat or #girl. Just...chill with the hashtags, please. Source: Instagram
Stop Pretending That Toaster Looks GoodOr Kelvin 90 percent of the time. Just...nope. Taken from my Instagram
Have Common CourtesyIf you have a friend who doesn't like to be on social media platforms, respect that! Taken from my Instagram
What do you hate seeing on Instagram? Do you mostly follow people you know, celebs, or randoms? Tell us in the comments!