I use Instagram often for work, I handle the social media for most of the brands we represent. I have often run into an issue or two and picked up a couple tricks along the way. Below are a couple of the things that I picked up while trying to understand Instagram.
1 You can’t have more than 30 hash tags (#)
30 seems like quite a lot but it is amazing how quickly you can reach that number. I was curious as to why my copy was not being added to my images and was annoyed to keep seeing the ‘your edits have not been saved’ message popping up.
2 Instagram has a bigger character allowance than Facebook
This means that you can put a longer message on instagram than on Facebook even though Instagram is linked to Facebook and image based. Although you can have really long messages, I haven’t really met anyone who will read a whole long blurb on Instagram
3 You can only include up to 5 @ mentions in a single comment
That means if you want to get more people included in on one post, you need to tag them in the image or do multiple comments.
4 You can save an image from Instagram without screen grabbing
Although I find it really difficult to save an image I like from Instagram on my mobile devices (a.k.a the tab and my phone) I have found a really easy way on the computer. Simple as right click save image. Ta da, only problem is you save basically all of the images from the profile the image is on. So you often need to find where it was saved on the computer and delete all the images you do not want.
5 Hashtags are the life blood of Instagram
I am not really a fan of hashtags but since going onto Instagram I quickly learnt that they are the fastest and easiest way of generating interaction with your posts. True I am still weary of them and still do not like to include them as part of the message. I just add them in at the end of my copy.