Instagram is one of the best social media apps out there. It’s simplicity is what makes it so great – it’s just about photos, no status updates, no check-ins, nothing very complicated. But even though Instagram is simple and straight-forward, there is still Instagram etiquette… and many people either don’t know what it is or just choose not to follow it.
Of course you can do whatever you want with your Instagram profile, but just know that whatever you want to do might be annoying everyone who follows you. There are some people who will tell you not to post 20 selfies in a row, or stop posting pictures of your cat, or to make sure your #TBT photos are a legitimate throwback from at least 10 years ago. I personally don’t care about that stuff. I care about… well, you’ll see. Here are 10 things you should never, ever do on Instagram because, seriously, you’re driving everyone crazy.
Post More Than One or Two Pictures In A Day
Instagram is not Facebook. If you want to upload the 20 pictures you took in one night, go on Facebook and upload a new album. Leave it off Instagram. No one wants their feed to be flooded with six photos in a row from the same person. And it’s not even just that – don’t post more than two photos, max, in one day. It’s just an Instagram rule. I didn’t make it up, I just follow it.
Use A Million #LikeForLike Hashtags
We all like to get a whole bunch of likes on our pictures. It’s a great feeling. But please stop using a hundred #LikeForLike, #LB, #FirstForFirst, #F4F hashtags all over the place. Stop posting #FollowForFollow while you’re at it. It looks desperate. Don’t you want likes because people ACTUALLY like your photo and not because they want you to like theirs?
Make Your Significant Other Your #MCM or #WCW Every Week
It’s cute to call out your relationship once in a while. It becomes ridiculous and eyeroll-worthy when you make your boyfriend your #MCM every Monday or your girlfriend your #WCW every Wednesday. We get it, you guys love each other. Your S.O. is the best. We get it.
Say There’s #NoFilter When There’s Clearly A Filter
I mean, come on. First of all, there are apps that tell you what filter was used on the photo, so you can easily be caught. Second, it’s pretty obvious when you use a filter because we all know your phone camera is not that good. It just looks ridiculous.
Use Hashtags That Have Nothing To Do With Your Photo
Why are #playstation and #xbox hashtagged here when this is a selfie? It’s a blatant way to try and get likes, which is just silly. Tag this #selfie, and you’re good. That’s it. I hate clicking on a hashtag and seeing a million photos of something that has NOTHING to do with that hashtag. It’s annoying.
Upload Terrible Photos Of Food
I’m all about uploading photos of food. Guys, I do it all the time. ALL THE TIME. I realize it probably annoys people, but whatever. But please, please don’t upload a photo of food that looks so bad it makes you want to vomit. If you’re going to post a picture of your lunch, make sure it looks good, and not blurry, dark, or just gross.
Leave Nasty Comments For No Reason
Take a minute of your day to look at Kim Kardashian’s Instagram, and you’ll see a whole bunch of rude and nasty comments that were seemingly left for no reason. Yes, Kim is a celebrity and I doubt she’s reading through all of her thousands of comments. But still, it’s unnecessary. What’s the point in leaving a mean comment on someone’s picture when you don’t even know them? It’s ridiculous. And it happens with regular people too. Stop it!
I don’t know why this is a hashtag because it makes me really uncomfortable. Go have sex, have fun, whatever. Please don’t post pictures like this.
Post Anything Really Disgusting or TMI
Listen, no one wants to see your gross cuts or your injuries or anything like that. Instagram isn’t the place for that. It’s the place for nice memories and pretty pictures.
Post A Picture That Isn’t Yours and Act Like It’s Yours
This is an example of someone who gave credit to the original photographer, but there are plenty of people who post pictures that aren’t theirs and try to pass them off as theirs. What’s the point of that?!