Instagram Tips & Tricks

Hi there! It is funny how fast can your life transform into a stormy ride with a little paddle boat on big ocean waves, isn’t it? But hey, I am not giving up anytime so soon. Before the big news (yes, I got a dream job, starting in May), a lot of studying for it and a rough breakup with my (now ex) boyfriend, I announced to my dear Instagram followers that my first travel blog is coming out next. Oh well, if there only existed a plan for everything … Here is my new and last (at least for some time) blog about Instagram.

 

  1. Show Activity Status

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    Show Activity Status

A few updates ago Instagram silently introduced new feature about showing activity status to people you follow in your chat.

I turned it off because sometimesย I just do not have time to read/reply to your messages, commentsย and/or other. Still I do not want you to think I am ignoring you or that I am being rude. I always tend to reply to all of you whenever possible.

 

 

  1. Screenshots

To all of you silent stalkers out there, beware, haha. If you take a screenshot of a photo sent directly to you, Instagram will let the sender know you did it. (Tested on 11th March 2018 on both Android devices. I only got a notification when my Instagram app was closed.)

 

  1. Unsend Message

Have you ever send a like (heart) in direct message by accident? Do not worry, you can unsend a message anytime.

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Tap and hold. Select Unsend Message.
  1. View Post’s Insights

The biggest reason for writing this blog is my best friend who has just recently found out that clicking on “View Insights” on Business profiles can show you much more information than it looks like at the first sight. Swiping up gives you additional statistics about your post.

 

 

  1. Tap and Hold

Some people tend to add such long texts to their Instagram Story (including myself). Whenever you need time to read or just to look at it, just tap and hold anywhere on the screen. You can take as much time as you need to read it.

  1. Colour games on Instagram Story

I have never seen anybody do it so maybe not all of you know this is possible. The text you add to your story can be in as many colours as you wish. Just select a word (or a letter) and then click on your preferred colour. The word next to it can be in a different one as in my example below.

Btw, you are not limited to only those few colours offered by Instagram. Press and hold to open a colour menu.

 

  1. Shadow ban

Instagram likes to shadow ban users but does not let them know what they did wrong. I could make a whole blog just about the actions that are prohibited but the problem is most of them are not official. There are many people trying to figure Instagram’s algorithm out, creating themselves many user profiles and testing different actions and consequences, usually then sharing results on Reddit or their blogs. I do not do this and I also do not want to share information that is not true. So all I am going to say is – whatever you do, do not do it too much.

  • Do not follow and unfollow more than 100 people in an hour.
  • The same goes for liking and commenting.
  • Do not use banned or overpopulated hashtags.
  • Do not post more than 3 or 4 posts per day.
  • Do not message more than 100 users per day.
  • Do not use any automated tool or app that performs any action instead of you.

Oh, one more personal tip from me – do not post more than 5 stories per day. People will probably mute you if you keep annoying them.

And by the way, if you are banned already, just wait few days, cool your profile off and do not commit your mistake ever again. Good luck.

  1. Reporting and blocking

Unfortunately you can never be safe from people who harass others on the Internet. You’re able to report and block a person’s messages, post and/or profile. Just follow the options you get when opening the menu bar. Do not let them proceed being active with such behaviour.

I hope you learned something new. Let me know in the comments below if you found this post useful or ask me whatever you want to know if there is some way I can help you.

 

 


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