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5 Things You Should Never Do on Instagram

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Even though this post is titled “5 Things You Should Never Do on Instagram“, it is probably better stated “5 Things I Would Never Do on Instagram“. Since your Instagram account is yours and yours alone, you can really do whatever you like, assuming you follow the terms and conditions of use that is! But lets assume that you are reading this article because you want to be successful on Instagram. I’ve written a previous article on rules you can follow to rapidly grow your Instagram following, but for this article I’m going to share the real No No’s that are sure fire ways to stop your Instagram growth dead in its tracks.

#1 Rule: Never, ever, ever ask someone to follow you!
Nothing irritates people more on a daily basis than people who post comments on their photos for the sole purpose of asking to be followed. I can’t tell you how many “Nice pic. FOLLOW ME?!?!” comments I’ve seen. It really doesn’t even matter how tactfully you ask, people at best will ignore you and at worst will block you. I can’t even think of an exception to this rule so just don’t do it.

#2 Rule: Never steal someone else’s pictures and post them as your own.
I know, you probably just gasped in shock and horror but the truth is people do this on IG all the time. A few months ago there was a rash of incidences that caused a small meme on IG which resulted in the popular page being overloaded with pictures with overly huge watermarks on them. One of my photos with a giant watermark obscuring the image made it to the popular page! Stealing someone else’s photos and passing them off as your own is such bad form. It’s kind of sad that I even have to post this one.

#3 Rule: Don’t SPAM your follower’s feeds all at once.
It annoys me when people do this. I haven’t seen an image from them in a week and then in 5 minutes they post 10 images all at once. As I’ve stated in my other article, I think it works to your advantage to post throughout the day, at least a couple of hours between each post. If you are only posting your best images then you can probably cut your postings to one or two a day. Lately I’ve been posting once every other day or three. I’ve actually had multiple people tell me they’d wish I’d post more. That’s way better to hear than someone telling you they wish you’d post less, or worse dropping your stream from their feed because you just overloaded them.

#4 Rule: Don’t post what you had for breakfast, or what song you are listening to right now, etc.
This one is controversial because a lot of people see Instagram as a sort of Twitter for pictures. I personally look at it as a way to share my love of photography with others and to get immediate positive feedback on my work. If you want to post pics of the food you are eating right this moment, or that weird guy on the bus who sat across from you, or you want to post a picture of the tail lights of all the cars who are stuck with you in traffic, try out this app. I recommend using Instagram as a portfolio of your best moments in life, not your most mundane daily activities.

#5 Rule: Don’t get caught up in the Follow for Follow game.
I see so many people who put in their personal info block above their feed “Follow me and I’ll follow you!” Do you know what that tells me? You don’t give a lick about my photos, you just care about your own growth. Right out of the gates you are coming across as selfish and unwilling to put in the work to grow organically. Besides that, if you read my post about making the Popular Page on Instagram you’ll know that gaining followers simply so you’ll follow back produces ZOMBIES. Zombies do not help you, in fact they hurt your chances for making the Popular Page. If you don’t care about the Popular Page and all you really want is a bunch of followers who never like your photos or give you feedback on your work, then go right ahead and play this game but I’m telling you it is a slippery slope…

On this blog I try to be positive and tell you what you should do rather what you shouldn’t do but with the massive growth of Instagram and the extreme bad behavior I constantly see on it, I really felt it necessary to put these rules out. I hope you find them just as useful as the suggestions I’ve made about growing naturally, and having popular photos.

Any Don’ts you think I missed? Feel free to comment and share with the rest of the community! I’m @appdaptation on Instagram. If you like what you’ve read on this blog, consider popping by and saying hello on Instagram!

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Discussion

  1. Brooke  January 17, 2012

    How do you put pictures on the popular page? I was wondering because like everyone does it.

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    • Chris Smith  January 17, 2012

      Hi Brooke,
      Check out my related article on Popular Page rules. I linked to it in this article or you can click on the Instagram category link on the right. The quick answer is you can’t put them there yourself, they are put there by the rules running on the Instagram servers according to a mystery algorithm. I try to break it down in my article that I mentioned but it is a moving target.

      Cheers!
      Chris

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      • Andylob  August 5, 2012

        I personally think that the photos are selected based on the number of “likes” rather than the beauty or subject of the pic. This is discriminating since i might have the best photo ever in my gallery that will never make it to the popular page simply because I am new on IG and don’t have tons of followers yet. I also notice that some photos have over 15000 likes on the pop page and the photo is blured, not aestetic , of no interest, etc … Then my question is How can thy get so many likes on a so poor photo?

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        • Andylob  August 5, 2012

          Please Disregard my above comment. I moved it to your comment of August 2 which is even more relevant.
          Sorry about that ! Thanks

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    • Sheryl  June 25, 2012

      I am finding that I like Instagram less and less because certain members are posting a bazillion photos, say from an event or other? :(
      I made a hard rule for MYSELF to only post one picture every few weeks. I thought FB was for posting the bazillion event photos???

      Sheryl

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      • joe  July 19, 2013

        funny, i use instagram to post a million things and am much more selective on facebook.

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        • tierra  August 3, 2013

          Same here

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    • Raegan  October 27, 2012

      How do u get something on a popular page.?

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    • Skylar  November 29, 2012

      You can’t put it on there . You have to be popular on Instagram & get a bunch of likes on your photo

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    • Gracie  January 22, 2013

      Brooke’

      U must get the most likes and comments for it too be on the pop page u will mostly see the dance moms girls. Or famous people. I say give SHOUTOUTS to ur followers and say that on ur bio to help get to the pop page. U need a couple thousand likes to reach the goal

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    • Kennedi  March 17, 2013

      you don’t put them there your self. Pictures on the popular page are from pages with thousands of followers. The popular page constantly refreshes with photos with the most likes on Instagram

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    • Kelly  April 26, 2013

      If your account gets 500 likes in 30 mins and gets over 1000 in an hour, then it gets on the popular page.

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      • Chris Smith  April 26, 2013

        That isn’t exactly true to be honest. The rules have changed and do to the sheer number of users and the limited space on the “Explore” page it really takes 500 likes in under 5 minutes to even have a shot at making it.

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  2. Steven Be  February 7, 2012

    Good list!

    Another thing that some Instagram users do that I find thoroughly depressing is liking a few of your pictures as well as following you… They then wait one or two days to see if you’ve responded by either a. liking some of their pictures back, or b. following them. Then, if they see no response, they stop following you again, within only days of following you to begin with!

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    • Alex  July 19, 2012

      I agree with you completely! I hate people who do that.

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      • Mae  January 26, 2013

        oops i have been guilty of this only because I thought it meant they weren’t interested in me following them LoL. almost like a friend request never answered too nice to say hey get off my page…but still snubbing you. *blush* oj well will know in future.

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  3. Jan59  February 22, 2012

    Hi Chris
    I am new to instagram and have read your blog and would like to follow you, but for some reason it won’t let me.
    I take photos of anything and anyone, maybe you could check them out and see what you think.
    The photos have been taking on my I phone 4gs.
    Thanks in advance
    Jan

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    • Chris Smith  February 23, 2012

      I have no idea why you wouldn’t be able to follow me. I’m not set to Private. Also, no one will follow you if you don’t tell us what your username is! :-) And just a little word of caution, per my 5 thinks you should never do on IG post – asking people to follow you us generally considered bad behavior. I highly recommend that when on IG you not spam people’s feeds with “Follow me!!!!” requests. Good luck out there!

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      • Andylob  August 5, 2012

        You are very subtil in not asking us to follow you but on the other hand, you mentioned we could visit your page if we ever have a chance. That is reaching many users here in your blog Lol !

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        • Chris Smith  August 10, 2012

          Perhaps, but I am definitely not spamming your IG news feed with “FOLLOW MEEEH!!!11!!11!!!!1!

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    • Kelly  April 26, 2013

      What’s ur Instagram name?

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  4. shermorable  April 20, 2012

    I am wondering if there is a way to “know” who the people are who are following me? Most I recognize, and some I am curious about.

    Thank you for your 5 don’ts list. I was happy to read that I didn’t break any of the 5!

    Sincerely,

    Shermorable

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    • Chris Smith  April 20, 2012

      In the app on your profile page there is a button that says “Followers” and gives a count. You can click it to see the list but once you reach more than 200 you’ll only see 200 of them. To see the entire list as your followers grow you would need another app or a website like statigr.am.

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      • shermorable  April 20, 2012

        Thx. ;P

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  5. lakittyevil  May 6, 2012

    Thanks for that. I might havr done #3 and #5. But honestly. Why shouldnt I post pics of food? I am a food lover and some of my best moments are watching my hubby cook.

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    • Chris Smith  May 7, 2012

      I recommend against it simply because most people don’t know how to photograph food so rather than coming across as looking tasty and inviting it just looks gross. :-) If you know what you are doing and can shoot food well then by all means, shoot and share!

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  6. Ac  May 10, 2012

    Out of the people that I’m following can I see what comments they left on pictures?

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  7. Michael  May 29, 2012

    Hey,
    It is not VERY important issue but if I could get an answer it would be nice, the situation is: I post pictures, I get a decent amount of likes, and since I love taking pictures the “like” is an extremely appreciated credit, BUT nobody desides to follow me… I am pretty new at instagram, so I believe what I want to know is…. IS THIS NORMAL?

    Lots of likes but no followers?!

    Best regards
    Michael

    Instagram alias: framefreeze

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    • Clair Burton  June 9, 2012

      I think you may have your profile set to private. I tried to look you up on IG, no user with that name found.

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      • Chris Smith  June 11, 2012

        You must have typed it wrong. Try using the Follow button on the right on all the blog pages.

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        • leah  July 26, 2012

          hey i am leah i got deleted yesterday and i had 24k what can i do to get my account back ?

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          • Chris Smith  July 27, 2012

            You’ll have to work through Instagram or start over. If your account was deleted by Instagram and you do choose to start over, don’t do whatever it was that got you deleted and you should be fine.

    • evan  April 3, 2013

      Why does my instagram say im following more people than i really am. I’ve tried looking at the web version i even tried using a app to see who has unfollowed me. Nothing. It says im following almost 140 people but really its about 15. Once again I’ve used statigr.am and the web viewer along with insta mate. Nothing has worked. You can see for yourself goto my instagram @lonewolfwatkins it will say im following like 140 people click the number 140 and it will only show about 20 people. I could have easily gotten 5k followers by now but im not about to do that if it says im following more people than i am.

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  8. Karen  May 30, 2012

    this is really useful! thanks a lot! :)

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  9. Yatta  June 24, 2012

    Yea I just signed up today and Im so glad I found this list!! Lols, food wouldve been half my pics since I love to eat!! Thanks in advance!

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    • Chris Smith  June 25, 2012

      I don’t have a problem with food pics. The unfortunate truth is that most people just don’t know how to take good food pictures. Study someone who knows what they are doing and you’ll find your food pics are very popular but if you really don’t know what your doing they end up being not so yummy!

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  10. Jnellz83  June 26, 2012

    Once again good post :)

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  11. Jerry "Lalo" Vazquez  June 29, 2012

    This just a rant: I hate when certain people, mostly the ladies, just post pictures of themselves. I mean photo after photo is just THEM!!! These “self portraits” are ridiculous. I think I have ONE picture of my face—and it’s just half of face!
    I’m pretty new at this, but I think I got it down. Check it out … IF YOU’D LIKE TO. My IG handle is: @JumboNutz

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    • sarah  September 26, 2012

      agreed! im sick of these little girls following me just to get a ton of followers when ALL of there pictures are of them doing the “duck face”. Not why I joined instagram, I joined to look at good pictures haha

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    • @lowebo  November 24, 2012

      I totally agree with you! I made a picture for that, named ” instagram – where application meets egoism” to hint to some people i followed and who followed me back. I think it worked on some of them.

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  12. tooquic  July 1, 2012

    Thanks, nice blog post. These are common sense things, too bad they had to be stated…

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  13. Kai  July 12, 2012

    I wanna know whyyyy I have 1,000 something photos and NOBODY likes my pictures? Its annoying

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    • sarah  September 26, 2012

      start following people whose pictures you actually like and they will probably follow you back

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    • Brad  December 5, 2012

      I go through the same thing. I have decieded to stop even posting . I get new followers but nobody ever seems to like my pics Why follow if you don’t like the pics?

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  14. Kai  July 12, 2012

    Oops I meant followers

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  15. Darin  July 13, 2012

    If by chance my photo does makes it to the popular page. Is the only way to know that it make it by checking the following news area? Or do you get an email from IG?

    Thanks for all the advise!

    @bigjilm2

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    • Chris Smith  July 27, 2012

      You only get a message in your news area. If you have alerts enabled it might tell you via an alert as well.

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  16. Steve Haslam  July 19, 2012

    I’m totally agree with the first rule Chris. I hate to see people asking around for followers, it’s very annoying and irritating. What’s the point to ask people to follow if they aren’t interested? Anyway, great lists here Chris!

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  17. Sterling  July 19, 2012

    Chris,

    Appreciated your common sense approach here. I have noticed that more and more spammers are liking photos to entice you to their porn sites. I have blocked numerous users that have no photos to share, only their email address or website. Is there any way to remove a “Likers” name from the Like section of your post?

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    • Chris Smith  July 27, 2012

      If blocking the user doesn’t remove the like then I’m pretty sure there is nothing you can do, unfortunately.

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  18. Whadaya_No_Joe  July 21, 2012

    Everyone must realize that Instagram is a social network. It is meant to bring a social experience to what you are viewing. If that is your breakfast plate; so be it. If it is the song you are currently listening to, then that is also fine. It is not a photographer tool for your work. If you are a photographer and use instagram to showcase your talent, NEWSFLASH: You are not a photographer. Save that crap for your blog; nobody cares about how you captured the most beautiful image. People want to socialize, and if you do not like it then delete the app. It is a social atmosphere, not a work tool.

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    • Chris Smith  July 27, 2012

      I agree that Instagram is primarily a social network. However, I completely disagree with your statement that if you choose to showcase your photography on Instagram that you are not a photographer. That statement makes no sense at all. I assume you are referring to so called “professional” photographers, and just about any one with any marketing sense will tell you that “no exposure is bad exposure”. Instagram brings a different audience to your photos than virtually any other social network. That is a good thing in my opinion.

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    • Nikki  October 1, 2012

      I agree with this if Instagram is your only outlet and you haven’t so much as dabbled in art outside of your iphone. If it is a last resort or a side venture, sure, you can be a photographer.. but recognize that next to no creative abilities on the part of the individual are required for this machine to morph an uninspired, horribly composed shot into something easy on the eyes. I am a photographer… but I NEVER refer to my instagram photos as photography. Ever. That is insulting. To myself, any photographer, and the entire field of photography. They are iPhone photos/Instagram shots at best.

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    • Giovanni  October 19, 2012

      NEWSFLASH: Instagram was originally about PHOTOGRAPHY as much as social networking. It has only recently morphed into a venue for the kind of tedium you’ve mentioned. Your suggestion that professional photographers don’t use and don’t belong on it is pretty weird! There are numerous micro communities of us to prove it. “Real” photography has nothing to do with equipment – be it an iPhone or a cardboard box … and we will use whatever venue we want to promote ourselves and exchange ideas.

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  19. Curiousme  July 22, 2012

    Hey guys would really help if someone can answer this question it’s pretty stupid but here it goes, is there any way of preventing people from seeing your activities on ig without blocking them?

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    • Chris Smith  July 27, 2012

      By activities, do you mean what photos you like and people you follow? The answer is no, not at this time.

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  20. Curiousme  July 22, 2012

    @kai try adding popular hash tags to it :)

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  21. Sasha  July 30, 2012

    When you block someone, what do they see when they go to your profile?

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  22. raf  July 30, 2012

    All I see is people bitching and moaning about how other people are choosing to use instagram. Do what u want that’s the way life works. Don’t get all dyspeptic by the actions of others or you are doomed to live in relative misery.

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  23. Michelle  July 31, 2012

    Hey, can you please tell me why there are people on instagram who don’t have any photos and call themselves something like “get more likes here 99″ – and why do they start following you? Seems odd? If you don’t click on their link to “get more likes” do they stop following you?

    New to instagram!

    Thanks :)

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    • Chris Smith  August 1, 2012

      Most likely they won’t unfollow you because they are doing some sort of mass following. This type of thing has limits now so is going to be less likely. The follow then unfollow folks tend to be real people who are fishing for followers. The behavior you are explaining is likely SPAMMER activity.

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    • Kim  August 23, 2012

      I have just recently blocked and reported 3 of this type of user (more_follows_here_###). They annoy me more than anything.

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  24. Charlin  August 2, 2012

    Can anyone tell me why I’ve received over 50 likes on my most recent photo and only 27 show? I took snapshots of my notification feed, they are all there just not showing up on the actual photo itself. Second time I can recall this happening, BUT last time I deleted and reposted. This time the photo should’ve made it to the Pop Page, more than one like per min in the first 30 mins. Smh! My username is: charlinjanene. Thanks for any insight.

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    • Chris Smith  August 2, 2012

      The average number of likes to get listed on the “popular” page is running over 3000 per image. If you got 50 likes, even if they happened in the first 5 minutes you still wouldn’t have made the popular page. In the “old days” about 9 months ago you would have been on their but not now with so many accounts that have 30,000 followers and getting over 5,000 likes per image the little guys like us are effectively boxed out of the popular page.

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      • Andylob  August 5, 2012

        I personally think that the photos selected based on the number of “likes” rather than the beauty or subject of the pic is discriminating since i might have the best photo ever in my gallery that will never make it to the popular page simply because I am new on IG and don’t have tons of followers yet. I also notice that some photos have over 15000 likes on the pop page and the photo is blured, not aestetic , of no interest, etc … Then my question is How can thy get so many likes on a so poor photo? Quetion 2: To reach the popular page why not use a random parameter choosing amongs all submitted new photos say from the past 6 hours. Or something similar that would give everyone a chance to reach the pop page.

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  25. Ignazio Mottola  August 3, 2012

    Now that Instagram has more than 80m users, new, specialized photosharing apps will appear. We are a designer and a programmer based in Paris, and we have developed “21off” (http://itunes.apple.com/tw/app/id480450464?mt=8) a self produced creativity-sharing iPhone platform. Thanks to its localization features, 21off is a guide for people interested in creativity, as well as a self-promotion tool for creative people. Have a look ;-)

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  26. Jennifer  August 4, 2012

    I’m glad you posted these “rules”. I’m a definite instagram addict, and I see so many examples of this bad etiquette on a daily basis. I thoroughly enjoy taking and looking at photographs. I also enjoy learning from others that can help me become better, instagram is great for all these things. I’ve met some really cool people that are glad to share tips and give positive feedback. Thanks for the great info that you provide…I really appreciate it! : )

    Username : Jen_laine13

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  27. Bob  August 4, 2012

    Is there any way to tell who has stopped following you? I keep getting followers and then losing them. I usually like to follow some one who follows me as a courtesy and I always try to like the the pics of theirs that I like. I hate it when some one starts following me and then just stops. I can never figure out who it was. Can you help?

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    • Noor  November 30, 2012

      There is an app called my followers on instagram that tell you everything about your followers and whether who you follow follows you back. Check it out. Sadly i do not have a link for it right now

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  28. Andylob  August 5, 2012

    Could one explain why is it that after leaving a comment on a popular photo, when I return 1 hour after, to re-read my comment, it is gone! Even if I use the show all comments button .
    Thanks for your cooperation.

    @andylob

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    • Chris Smith  August 10, 2012

      A user can choose to delete a comment from their photo if they like. I don’t know why they’d do that if you left genuine feedback on the image. However, if you made a commit for the single purpose of trying to fish for followers it is possible the owner of the image deleted the comment.

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  29. Ana  August 7, 2012

    Today I posted 2 pics that received many likes. While the notification page shows the likes, they do not appear under the pics. I tried to like one of the, and when i refreshed the like disappeared. It’s frustrating. Have you ever heard of this issue?

    Thanks!

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    • Chris Smith  August 10, 2012

      Not exactly as you describe but I do know that the Like tally isn’t always up-to-date depending on where you are viewing the image. Also the image doesn’t always auto refresh with comments and likes when looking at it from one location to another. Best bet is to go to your own profile to access the image and use the “Refresh” button to make sure it has the latest info.

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    • sarah  September 26, 2012

      you could try going to your app store and see if instagram needs an update? that has worked for me in the past

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  30. shayna  August 12, 2012

    hi i wanted to know if there was a way of retrieving a picture that’s mysteriously deleted that. I clicked it on my iPod via instagram?

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  31. Joy  August 13, 2012

    If your profile is set to private and you tag someone who is not following you (but you are following them) will they be able to see the pic?

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    • Chris Smith  August 13, 2012

      No, if your profile is private then only people who are whom you approved to follow you can see your pics even if you “tag” a user who isn’t following your private account.

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  32. Lydia  August 18, 2012

    Hey i have a question i have alot of followers and it notified me that 20 people followed me but i didnt gain anything it just went DOwN 10 people?
    Im super confused..
    Please help ;/

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    • Chris Smith  August 21, 2012

      It is possible that you lost followers too. It happens to me all the time, I get a notice that 7 people just followed me but the total count might only change by 2 or 3 because during the same time 4 – 5 people stopped following me.

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  33. Rosette  August 24, 2012

    What would my followers see when they click on my profile after I block them? Please reply !

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    • Chris Smith  August 24, 2012

      I am not certain as I don’t think I’ve ever been blocked but I imagine they get a message such as “User cannot be found.”

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  34. Libby  August 29, 2012

    Yeaaah Follow for a follow back is especially irritatin.. shows their lack of photography skills and instead just a game of who has the most followers.Immature and low.
    However I think some of your ‘rules’ are slightly over dramatic; I don’t see what’s annoying about posting lots of photos in one given moment? if you follow that person then surely it’s because you’re impressed with their photos/photography skill so what would be annoying about seeing lots of photos from the same user ..If not,press the unfollow button it’s there for a reason haha.simple

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    • Chris Smith  August 30, 2012

      Hi Libby,
      This list is intended to HELP people build a loyal and long-term following. Therefor I’m trying to suggest “best practices”. While you may not consider having your incoming feed monopolized by a single user irritating, many people do – including myself. One of the greatest things about Instagram is how you can expose yourself to such a large variety of excellent photography. When one person posts 10 images all at once then that stream of variety is disrupted.

      You are free to do whatever you like with your own Instagram account.

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  35. Isla  August 30, 2012

    I checked out people who liked my pictures only to notice their extremely high list of followers (24K) said “users not found” Also, they only have about 50-100 pictures not even of good quality. Are they buying users to follow them?

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    • Chris Smith  August 30, 2012

      The “users not found” is a new think with the latest update I believe. It happens when a person has several thousand followers, the system just gives up and says “I’m not even going to try and fetch that list for you.”

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      • Ayush  September 2, 2012

        They use bots for liking photos on Instagram on a certain has tag I don’t know why people do that
        They also have bots that follow you and after a certain week it automatically un follows you

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  36. Sharon  September 7, 2012

    I post pics of what I eat all the time lol…….who cares if people wanna post their food, I think it inspires igers. Why be so limited?

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    • Chris Smith  September 7, 2012

      This are “best practices” suggestions. Feel free to post whatever you like. Ignore all my suggestions and do what you like with your own IG account. I’m only trying to help out the majority.

      Concerning food pics in general, the problem is most people don’t do it well so rather than looking tasty, the food shot has the opposite effect and looks greenish and disgusting. I am not Sam I Am! :-)

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  37. Kayley  September 7, 2012

    You forgot the “haayy can I have a shoutout plzz” people.

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  38. nikol  September 10, 2012

    How can i delete someone thats following me ? My account is private .

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    • Chris Smith  September 10, 2012

      Go to the person’s profile, click the gear sign in the top right and select “Block User” and then will no longer be following you and cannot like or comment on your photos.

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  39. Sumi  September 12, 2012

    What I am about to write isn’t to do with the subject but it is a problem I am having on instagram,I would appreciate it if you could help.I forgot my password and clicked on the links to get a new one, it then said the instructions for a new password had been emailed to me but they never came. I tried re-installing the app but that still didn’t help. Can you please help me, really want my old account back. Thanks.

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  40. Sumi  September 15, 2012

    Thank you but I have checked all files and nothing is there, and I use my email, if you are still able to help please do

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  41. SarahLTB123  September 16, 2012

    Help I got onstage am recently and this might sound weird but if I add photos and they go to the home page there are the other photos that instagram has posted. Will other people aka my followers be able to see those. No one seems to have that question anywhere else on the net so please help me!

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    • Chris Smith  September 17, 2012

      Not really sure what your asking in your question. If you are asking if your pictures make it to the “Explore” aka Popular page will your followers be able to see them there then the answer is yes. If that isn’t your question, please ask again. Cheers!

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  42. Christine  September 17, 2012

    When you say passing off as your own. . . how about this? I have a public account I use for nature photos and I have a private one for family photos with a small following. I have from time to time shared something I found on the public account, and I have an app that puts the original artist’s user name on the bottom and also state that it is someone else’s picture that I wanted to show. . . I also tag that user. Is that still considered bad form?

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    • Chris Smith  September 18, 2012

      What I am talking about is taking a screenshot of another user’s Instagram photo then posting it to your stream with no acknowledgement that it isn’t your picture. This bad behavior extends to photos found online as well – going to flickr and saving an image to your camera roll then posting it to IG without giving proper credit to the original artist/photographer. What you’ve described is more or less a “shoutout” pointing out someone else’s great work and giving them credit for it along with a link to their IG profile. I have no problem with that. Though I would probably check in with the person first just to confirm they feel the same way but that is just me.

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  43. SarahLTB123  September 18, 2012

    What I was trying to ask was, on my home page, there are instagram’s pictures. Do my followers see them or not?

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    • Chris Smith  September 18, 2012

      Gotcha. No, your followers do not see the images that are coming into your stream under the “Home” button from the people you follow unless they also follow those people.

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  44. Sumi  September 18, 2012

    Can you please help me would really appreciate it

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    • Chris Smith  September 19, 2012

      There is nothing I can do to help you. You’ll have to work directly with the Instagram team at the link I provided. Sorry, I can’t do more!

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  45. Meghan_Plowman  September 19, 2012

    Hi Chris,

    After glancing through these comments I didn’t see this question asked, apologies if it already has!

    In the news feed section, I often see comments from users I follow on others photos. Does this only happen when two of my followers are involved, i.e. one of them is commenting on another person I follow? Can my followers see all comments I make?

    Thanks,
    Meghan

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    • Chris Smith  September 19, 2012

      There are two “tabs” to the news area, one is “Following” and one is “News”. News shows interactions on your posted images – likes, comments, notifications from Instagram. You also see any @ mentions of you in this area. Under the “Following” tab you see activity of the people you follow like images they liked and commented on.

      So to answer your question, YES, your followers can see all comments you make on other peoples images. However, the timeframe that the “Following” tab shows is very short – for me just about 10 minutes. So it is more about what the people you are following are doing right now rather than what they did since the last time you checked on them. So chances are, your followers aren’t going to see very many, if any, of your comments unless they are cyber stalking you.

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  46. Jjj  September 20, 2012

    I have a quick question, is there any way to delete someone’s “like” on your own picture? Like delete a name from the list of likes I have on my picture?

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    • Chris Smith  September 21, 2012

      This question has been coming up a lot lately! I don’t know why so many people want to remove likes from certain people… Anyway, I think if you block the person all comments are removed (and maybe likes too but I’m not certain).

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  47. Liz  September 21, 2012

    I was on instagram, and I got a notification that someone had liked my picture..I go to my news area and it appeared there, obviously. Then I clicked on the picture they liked and on there it doesn’t show that they liked it. Anybody know why this happened? Or does it mean they liked the pic then unliked it?

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    • Chris Smith  September 21, 2012

      They could have unliked it but that probably isn’t what happened. The problem is in how “cached” the stats on your image are. IG doesn’t always serve you up the exact stats at the exact moment and using the refresh button sometimes doesn’t even fix the issue. Best bet is to look at the image later (10-15 min) and see if the like appears.

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  48. sarah  September 26, 2012

    is there anyway to tell if someone has reposted a picture you have taken?

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    • Chris Smith  September 26, 2012

      No way unless you have a lot of followers who happen to follow the person who stole your image.

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  49. Simon  September 27, 2012

    Hi,
    I stumbled across this blog whilst searching go reasons behind the instagramers with millions of followers but only one photo! Can any one explain this? I just block them now, is this acceptable?
    Great page though, I’m going to save it.

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    • Chris Smith  September 27, 2012

      I’ve never seen an account with millions of followers yet. I’ve seen some with several hundred thousand though! I’ve also never seen an account with only 1 picture with hundreds of thousands of followers. I have seen a few accounts with followers in the 10,000 – 75,000 range (giver or take a few thousand) with only one picture. I know of at least one very popular IGer who posted incredibly imaginative images. She was in her teens and ended up with a ton of followers. She eventually shut her account down and left 1 image as an explanation. That may be the same with some of the other accounts you are referring too – people sometimes get tired of the effort it takes to maintain an active and popular IG account. It takes a ton of work!

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  50. Noel  September 28, 2012

    Is there anyway I can set my followers list to private? I don’t want my followers to be able to see the list of people I’m following.

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  51. Courtney  October 1, 2012

    Hey Chris, thanks for the handy tips! But I have a question for you that will hopefully have an answer. Yesterday, Uli deleted my old instagram account and now I want to get it vack because I had heaps of followers and now I have hardly any photos and I am now bored cause I cant get my followers back so please help me, how do I get my old account back????? PLEASE!!! Thanks

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  52. Nikki  October 1, 2012

    Did you reeeally refer to instagram photos as “work”? This is the problem with “Art” or rather for art today. Instagram is not art. It is a machine taking an often uninspired and poorly composed photo and making it pretty. The only time I bust out Instagram is when I am half asleep and riding in a moving vehicle. The app does next to all of the creative process for you and the product is just that. A product. Not art. Unless you also own a film or DSLR, are able to operate it on manual, and can name 3 different types of filters and their functions (I’m being easy here!), then please don’t call instagram photos “work”. It is offensive to the incredible field of photography and to the people who actually work within this field. I do however love that it gets people inspired to take the next step. If you haven’t already, please do. Learning how to compose a photograph and to operate a DSLR is not a waste of time. Ever. Photography is timeless. It is just such a shame that these programs threaten the artistic integrity of craft. <3

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    • Chris Smith  October 3, 2012

      Hi Nikki, thanks for commenting. I understand your position but I simply must disagree with you. :-)

      Yes it is true that Instagram for many is nothing more than Twitter with photos such that they are documenting their lives and sharing what they see, and do on a daily basis. That is the equivalent to a documentary movie – not many people think of documentaries as “art”. However, that does not exclude a documentary from being true art. See “Samsara” – no one is going to argue with you that that film is art but is also a documentary.

      There are many people, myself included, that use Instagram differently. I post only my best images that I shoot with my iPhone or my NEX-7. I process the photos outside of Instagram and either use no IG filter at all, or apply one to achieve a final look. I may spend an hour or more on a single image in post-processing. I work hard to follow the photography “rules” or break them intentionally. I’ve invested hundreds of hours learning the craft of photography over the past 18 months and it all started when I discovered Instagram.

      One last point, you do not need to own a DSLR camera to be considered a photographer. There are many amazing photographers who are enjoying the limitations of a mobile phone camera to push their creative boundaries and producing amazing works of art! Have a look at iphoneart.com and be blown away by some of the art you’ll find there.

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    • Giovanni  October 19, 2012

      I have to say your Romantic views about art and photography sound great however it’s a lot more than memorizing some technical peramters required to operate an SLR (I know, I’ve been teaching Photography for 12 years … that’s pre-digital darkroom!) As many photographers will NOT admit: Instagram-like photoshop actions and Hipstamatic-like filters have been used for decades to enhance our work – the application of these tools is a creative decision that is influenced by 1) intent, 2) understanding of the principles and elements of design. These technologies make the creative possibilities available to more people – democratizing something that used to be available to the very few. I’m keenly aware of what quality ‘work’ looks like and there is a lot of it to be found on Instagram – there just isn’t a greater power telling everyone what it is – again, a beautifully democratic aspect of it that seems to frighten a lot of people. If the professionals don’t mind mixing up their work with everyone else’s and embrace the format why is it scary to everyone else?

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  53. Abee  October 4, 2012

    Hi! Really helpful post, and I gotta admit, I am guilty at Rule No. 4. I posted some screenshots of my playlist. Oh we’ll, I’m learning now. Thank you so much for this post!

    And oh btw, is there any chance I’m gonna retrieve my older notifications? Coz I see, IG the notification items on my news tab are limited. I can’t monitor all my notifications all the time (I.e., when I’m sleeping) Is there another way to retrieve them aside from email notifications?

    A response will be much appreciated. Thank you very much!

    Instagram ID: abee_georgina

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    • Chris Smith  October 5, 2012

      I don’t know of any way to retrieve older notifications which kind of sucks because if you don’t checkin every few hours you’ll miss comments and follows. I always try to respond to peoples questions but I often miss them. It gets worse the more followers you have!

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      • Abee  October 8, 2012

        Hi Chris!

        Thanks a lot for the response. Yeah, i must admit, that’s kinda getting into my nerves recently. There are some mentions (from others’ photo) that I missed, and that’s kind of awkward because it is my habit to answer all the comments and mentions I get as much as i can. I just hope Instagram will improve their notification feature.

        Again, thank you very much.

        Abee

        P.S. You have a great eye. Amazing gallery. You gained not just a follower, but a fan! Keep it up!

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        • Chris Smith  October 8, 2012

          Thanks very much Abee! You’ve got a great sense of color in your images – probably from your fashion background. :-)

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          • Abee  October 10, 2012

            Wow, that’s flattering that you even noticed that. Thank you. Really appreciate it. :-)

  54. Harry  October 7, 2012

    I have 2,300ish followers, but NO ONE likes my photos without there being loads of tags? I dont get it :/

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    • Abee  October 10, 2012

      No one? as in zero? Maybe you don’t interact with others. I mean, Instagram is a “Social” networking app/site. That or your followers are bots.

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  55. Nico  October 12, 2012

    I just started posting my photograhy on IG. I have 50 followers but when I click on followers, I only count 27. I don’t understand? Note: my boyfriend has acess to my account, can he be blocking my followers? I know that when you block, your #’s go down so I don’t think thats whats happening, but why does it say 50 and I can only “see” 27?

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  56. salopalo  October 14, 2012

    I am a private user, but I received a follow request from someone. Are some of my pictures being shown somewhere outside of FB? I like the prospective follower’s pictures as well, but wanted to ask before I said yes, and also started following back. Thanks for your input.

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  57. Anonymous  October 16, 2012

    There is no purpose on Instagram unless you are posting a picture of what you ate fro
    Breakfast or what your currently doing such as “what your listening to”. Some of what this says is accurate but I don’t see how you can judge on something that is as stupid as just pictures being posted.

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    • Chris Smith  October 16, 2012

      Fair enough. But… For those who read this blog they know that my recommendations and articles are for “best practices” on what is, really, still a new social network. My “rules” and suggestions are, #1 my personal opinion, and #2 meant for people who want to maximize their opportunity to grow their following, and #3 primarily geared toward people who are attempting to share photography over minutia of their life. To me Instagram is 4 parts Flickr and 1 part Twitter so take my advise with a grain of salt if you see things differently or have different goals than I do concerning Instagram.

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  58. Ana  October 16, 2012

    I get really annoyed when random (non followers) people hashtag my pictures . Am I being unreasonable?

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    • Chris Smith  October 16, 2012

      When someone other than you uses a hashtag on your photos they have no effect at all. Instagram does not add the photo to the hashtag unless YOU use the hashtag.

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      • Noor  November 30, 2012

        Yes it does

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  59. Cindy  October 16, 2012

    Pleasee i need help sincee yesterday i uploaded a picture but i can’t see any likes on my instagram pictures but i when check my newsfeed is all there , can you explain why is happen , I’m pretty sad :(

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  60. Jomo  October 23, 2012

    how to fix inaccurate followers/following on instagram..? please? need to know asap.

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    • Chris Smith  October 26, 2012

      Don’t know what might be your specific problem but I can say there probably isn’t much you can do about it but give it time to update. IG database isn’t always the most up-to-date.

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  61. Sascha  October 28, 2012

    I have now reached 10k followers on my IG account, however, for the last few weeks a lot of fake spam followers have started to follow me and I spent more time clearing my account than socializing.
    There are three types of fake spam follower I have encountered thus far:
    1) Those with URL shorteners such as bit.ly in their profile or spam for dating sites, iphone giveaways (beware of them!), fashion stores. They are clearly listed in the profile URL and easy to identify.
    2) Some accounts do not post the bit.ly shortener in the profile, but they have added is a text to the photo, usually at a rather small font size.
    3) There are a lot of fake accounts who just follow thousands of users and naturally do not get any follow backs.
    Is there any tool out there that makes it rather easy to block and possibly report them with 1 click?
    As it is right now, there are too many clicks I need to take to report spammers.

    I don’t know what to do about it. I guess I am hoping that if I report Spammers, IG’s abuse team will be thankful and actually delete these spammers. However, it seems they have a serious problem in this field and not enough is done about it. It is starting to become a burden and taking away from the social experience.

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    • Andylob  October 29, 2012

      I also am getting lots of spams which I reported to IG. Nonetheless I would like to know what is being done about them and how they do solve that problem.
      On the other hand, how can someone manage correctly 1k or more followers? To be fair to your followers you should look, regularly to their new photos and decide whether to like , comment or skip. With more than 600 followers, it is impossible to keep up with the activity and be fair to all your followers.

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      • Sascha  November 6, 2012

        Andylob,

        I am not sure if I understand the second part of your comment. Maybe it’s a misunderstanding.
        I am talking about people who follow me. 10 000 people follow me, they are my followers, but I only follow about 200 people, because I feel I want to interact with those people I follow.
        I can’t imagine following back everyone who follows me. It would make IG unusable for me and unfair to the people I follow. I guess this would really destroy the social experience.

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  62. Cristian  October 28, 2012

    I definitely don’t think Instagram should be just another mean for photographers to post their work, especially when there are so many professional sites like Flickr. I like seeing on Instagram what people had for breakfast and I like following people from different countries. I use it as a travel agent:) I definitely unfollow people that only post pictures taken with professional cameras. I love Instagram:) simple and cluster free.

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  63. Joannie  October 29, 2012

    How can I make my instagram followers list private?. Please answer me ASAP.

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  64. Maddy  October 31, 2012

    Okay, so recently I had a comment on one of my photos saying ‘@maddyyleee, remember when you told me about how you wanted more followers?’ Ect, well it came up with a link to a website and you enter your instagram details to get more followers. I proceeded to do so, but as I found out, I have been commenting things like that on random people’s photos and have no idea how it is doing it? How do I stop my instagram from doing this? Or do I have to create a whole new instagram profile?
    Thanks,
    Maddy. xo

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    • Chris Smith  October 31, 2012

      Maddy,
      Sadly, when you responded to the comment, you likely entered your Instagram account information including your user name and password. Now that they have this information, they are free to do what the please with your IG account. My advice – change your password immediately, and make something hard to crack. I would also recommend changing your email address associated with your IG just in case they try to send a password reset through. I’d also post something to your stream letting people know that you are sorry for the spam messages coming from your account and also let them know how you got scammed. Awareness is the key to combatting this type of activity.

      A little online safety tip – never, EVER, enter your username and password to any personal account into ANY website that you are not 100% comfortable having complete access to your information. Hope you get this spammer locked out and you don’t have to resort to starting a whole new IG account.

      Chris

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      • Chris  November 5, 2012

        Hey Maddy and Chris, I just had the exact issue.. Only when I never had an option of adding any of my passwords or information, it came to a dead page, but still infected me…. I’m going to try to change my password and hopefully it works

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  65. Jasmin  October 31, 2012

    I’ve read all the article and I find it interesting but I may not completly agree with you.If we only have to use Instagram for the best moment in life then I think we have to wait months or maybe a year to post a photo because the best moment in our life are rare and not everybody has an exciting life.Sometimes eating a very good breakfast can be a great moment so I see no problem with posting photos about our daily activities but don’t over exaggerate it.

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  66. Jess  November 3, 2012

    I found a comment on someone’s photo (I don’t even follow them) that it said I had written. It was one of those comments that said something along the lines of ‘I have gained 19 followers already. Follow @_________ for you to get the same’. I didn’t even write it but it had my name and profile pic. How do I stop it and how do I know if ‘I’ have written it on anyone else’s?

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    • Chris Smith  November 6, 2012

      You probably gave access to your IG account to one of those spammers promising to get you followers. Don’t give your IG account info to ANYONE and this can be avoided. In the mean time, I highly recommend you change your IG password right away. If it doesn’t stop, you may need to change the email address associated with the account and then change your password.

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      • Loba  November 6, 2012

        I never gave away my account nor my pass to anybody. Still I keep getting comments on my news page about the spamming you are refering to. How could that happen unless there is a flaw in IG software. Moreover these spammers don’t have any photo page they are unknown user when you try to go to their page to block them.

        Could someone explain what IG is doing about it ?

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        • Chris Smith  November 6, 2012

          I may have misunderstood your previous comment then. I thought you said someone was posting comments from your account to other people’s accounts. If you are just talking about spammish comments on your own photos being posted by others that is a different story. IG is trying a number of different approaches including limiting the number of people you can follow, limiting the rate at which you can like and comment on other’s photos, etc. Whenever there is a large audience someone is going to try and turn a buck through questionable marketing tactics.

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          • Loba  November 6, 2012

            Why IG does not have an auto check on users with 0(zero) photo and tons of followings ? Don’t you think that might not solve a big part of the problem?

  67. j  November 13, 2012

    my account seems to be erased … its very strange . i reset my password i still have my emails from instagram but when i try to re send the email it doesnt worl says invalid . alos connecting to facebook doesnt work. and the links from emails from instagram to reset password dont work either.

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    • Chris Smith  November 13, 2012

      It is possible Instagram removed your account. I’ll see if I can find you if you provide your IG name. Was there any notification from IG about removal of your account?

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  68. Mich  November 17, 2012

    Hi, will appreciate if you can enlighten me on this – I actually came across ‘User not found’ profiles that followed me, does it mean that they actually block me immediately after they followed me? Hence, I had no chance to see their profile to check whether they’re spammers or not Yet they’re following me . Personally, I don’t think IG deleted their profiles because my number BTW, maybe you can check out @eyemediaa which do have million followers. Thank you.

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    • Chris Smith  November 19, 2012

      This is typical when the user has been removed by Instagram. You may also see that if you have been blocked by the user.

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  69. Shannon Matchett  November 21, 2012

    Basically someone blocked me on instagram, they then un-blocked me and started following me again. Their profile is private so I requested to follow him back, but everytime i pressed follow it would go to requested for 2secs then go back to follow again like I didn’t press it! Why won’t it let me follow him?

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    • ElenaB  January 6, 2013

      I’m having this exact problem :( nobody knows the answer! Did ur issue get fixed?

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  70. Kashina  December 4, 2012

    Hey, so whenever I post pictures and I add hashtags to them when the pictures load they automatically get deleted can you tell me why this is and how I fix it?

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  71. ben  December 5, 2012

    I have 500 followers if i go private do i loose theme?

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    • Chris Smith  December 6, 2012

      No, all your followers will remain followers. Only new people will have to be approved before they can follow you.

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      • ben  December 6, 2012

        Thank you .one more thing how someone can hacked my gallery there is a way to know or to stop it can go private can stop it

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        • Chris Smith  December 7, 2012

          Going private will not stop someone who has hacked your account. The only way to stop them is to reset your password on your email address associated with Instagram, and then reset your password on Instagram. Do them in that order.

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        • ben  December 8, 2012

          How i can see your gallery on instentgram? What name i need to search? Thanks

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  72. Tom  December 7, 2012

    Why would anyone care about how many strangers follow them on Instagram? And why would you want to follow strangers on there anyway? You have no interest in their lives, you don’t know them!

    The only people I follow on Instagram are friends so we can share pictures of nights out and days in etc. Surely that is the point of Instagram isn’t it? Who cares what some random person the otherside of the world is doing?

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    • Chris Smith  December 7, 2012

      It’s okay for different people to have different purposes on Instagram. Some folks, like yourself use it as a way to stay connected to friends. Personally, I think there are better apps for that specific purpose. Some folks use Instagram as a way to get inspired by other’s creativity, or to find folks with common interests, meet new people, etc. There are even professional photographers who use it for exposure. Brands use it for marketing, etc., etc. To say there is only one way to use Instagram is to paint it into a pretty small box.

      My advise to everyone is to use Instagram in the way that feels right to you.

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      • Tom  December 21, 2012

        Chris

        Do you know why my comments on photos keep disappearing? If I add them when using 3G, as soon as I refresh the feed they have vanished?! When I do the same, whilst on WIFI, they stay put.

        Any ideas?

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  73. Gina Michelle  December 12, 2012

    Did someone block my boyfriend on my friend’s list? He said that it says I have 48 friends but he can only see 47. I know it sounds petty but the only people we have as followers are close friends & Family.

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  74. Bear  December 12, 2012

    PLEASE HELP! I changed my username the other day but I missed my old one so when I went today to go change it back it said this username is already in use. My friend told me when she looked up my old username it was still me but I want it to be shown on my page again!! What do I have to do to get my old username back!!! I’m really upset and I’ve tried logging out and then back in but it didn’t help! =,(

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    • Chris Smith  December 13, 2012

      If you changed anything on your profile, you should have no problem changing it back because it is all the same profile. If you are logged in to Instagram on the web then hit the following link you’ll be able to edit your profile on line: https://instagram.com/accounts/edit/

      However, it sounds to me like you may have created a new profile so that you have 2 profiles now and not one. If that is true, just log out of the one you don’t want and log back in to the one you do. If you are in fact still only using one profile and you are still having an issue with changing your profile name back then I’d suggest contacting Instagram support.

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  75. Madison  December 17, 2012

    love your post has been very helpful to me. I just had 2 questions:

    1. how do I know if someone unfollowed me?
    2. I have had this problem lately that everytime I click follow on any persons account the app crashes. I have deleted the app, turned off my ipod, reinstalled the app, updated everything and its still not working. What is it and what do I do.

    Thanks for your help and I breifly looked on your page and your photos are amazing. I would follow you but I cant :(

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    • Chris Smith  December 17, 2012

      I don’t have an answer for your crash bug if you’ve already uninstalled and reinstalled the app. Make sure you have the latest version of iOS and Instagram. Beyond that, there isn’t much that can be done if a delete and full reinstall of Instagram doesn’t fix your issue and you are running the latest version of iOS.

      There are several ways to know when someone unfollows you. If you follow the person and want to know if they are following you then you can use http://statigr.am. Log in to your account then click the “Statistics” tab and then click on “Community” and finally the magnifying glass icon next to “Followings who don’t follow you back”. If you aren’t following the person, it is really hard to know if they aren’t following you.

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  76. Armando Costantino  December 18, 2012

    Hi Chris
    you have more information about the acquisition by FB to Instagram and all the consequences, seems they will be allowed to sell to third part information about users and also the pictures. I usually put my watermark on every picture, I do easily with an Iphone application but you think will be enough?

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    • Chris Smith  December 19, 2012

      I personally don’t use watermarks. I don’t like how they change the look of the image. I know a lot of fantastic pro photographers who also don’t use watermarks. There are many more who do and even some that integrate them into the image so well it is like an artistic signature. A watermark is like a lock on your front door. The random passerby who might walk into your house and steel your TV if your door is unlocked will be stopped but the malicious thief who is determined to have your TV will find a way to get around that lock.

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  77. ReeferMadness12  December 20, 2012

    I’ve been using IG to post my work and recently have had a user copy and paste the image on their account claims it’s their own. The other user refuses to remove it or credit me. What can I do about this? Are users photos protected on IG?

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  78. laura  December 28, 2012

    Hi,

    I was recently the victim of impersonation on Instagram. An account had taken my pics and said that they were myself and my kids, obviously this has me outraged. The account had since been taken down, (thanks to my followers, there is power in the people). The account had me blocked, my question is this, is there any way to run a report on who has you blocked?

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  79. Billy  January 7, 2013

    Somebody blocked me. I m not able to see their account its ok but now i want to block that user because they still can see my profile i dont want them to see my profile. I search all articles but couldnt see such an article Thanks

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  80. Melisa  January 9, 2013

    I blocked my friend on instagram but i still could see him but he was blocked and now i cant see him any more is that possible when you block someone he can block you as well if yes how can i unblock him ??? Please i need help otherwise i need to open a 2acct

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  81. Mona  January 14, 2013

    Hi,

    I need some help pleaseee. I love instagram, but in the last week I’ve had fake accounts requesting to follow me (my profile is private). I delete SO many everyday and it’s starting to take away from the fun social experience. I follow about 50 and use to have about 400 random followers. Ever since these fake accounts have been trying to add me, I blocked all the people I didn’t personally know cause I felt like one of my followers might have hacked my instagram internally (weird, I know). Is this a common problem? Are fake accounts trying to constantly follow anyone else?

    Please help…thank you!!!

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    • Chris Smith  January 23, 2013

      I don’t get a lot of fake followers but it could be just because I’m not very active. I can say that certain hashtags draw spam followers. Stay away from things like #boy or #girl or #pretty or #beautiful or anything similar to those and you should be fine. I’v never picked up a spam follower from #mountain or #dslr or #ruleofthirds :-)

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  82. Aipath  January 16, 2013

    Today I noticed that my oldest “Like” photos are not there. Do they automatically get deleted?
    Thank you for your insight as I have looked around on the web and haven’t seen the answer.
    Sincerely, Aipath

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    • Chris Smith  January 23, 2013

      Instagram should be deleting any of your images. I’ve had images for over 2 years and they are still there.

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  83. Maddie  January 20, 2013

    Some people underneath their names tell about themselves like that
    They like basketball or cheerleading

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  84. Kc  January 21, 2013

    I accepted someone’s follow request, but have din e changed my mind. Is there any way to reverse and have them unfollow me?
    Thank you!!

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  85. Kat  January 24, 2013

    Hi, Ive seen this question asked a few times with no response. Im trying to hide my followers … is there a way I can make them unseen by the rest of my followers ? i do understand they are unseen to someone who doesn’t follow me because my profile is private, but I’d like to make them invisible to my actual followers ?

    Thanks,
    Kat

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    • Chris Smith  February 8, 2013

      Don’t have any experience with this myself so I can’t help with an answer.

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  86. bones  January 24, 2013

    Hi

    I did read all of these comments and I am happy to anounce that I don’t repeat anything what is already said. This as the only positive.

    Perhaps YOU can answer my question because I haven’t found anything in google about my subject AND I find you give intelligent answers ;) I deleted my IG account because I did like (by chance – while I was starting to scroll down the comments) a picture of someone who shouldn’t know that I know of his account (that means we don’t follow each other). I thought deleting my profile is the only way that he can’t find out about this stupid mistake. you know: push notifications and this stuff.

    Do you know if my account name is now “erased” off of his notifications or does he still see that I liked his picture? Sure, I did unlike the picture as soon as I found out how (what was kind of difficult if one is in a stress situation like me ;). I wasn’t sure if that is enough so I thought deleting the account would be safer. Still, I am very unsure if he can find out about that? What do you think?

    Thank you for your answer. Would be very nice.

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    • Chris Smith  February 8, 2013

      If you unliked before the push notification was received I think it doesn’t go through as a like. If you remove your account that doesn’t do anything, unfortunately would just result in him seeing the Like in his feed but when he clicked through to the profile it would say “User not found.”

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  87. Christina Carrasco  January 24, 2013

    Why do you think that you’re the INSTAGRAM POLICE? I think it’s strange that you have set these rules for other people to follow. Perhaps you should leave it up to Instagram to enforce what’s appropriate on the site.

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    • Chris Smith  February 8, 2013

      Just suggestions for people looking for help. That is all.

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  88. Steven  February 9, 2013

    Actually, Chris IS a member of the Instagram Police. He has a badge and everything. He just doesn’t like to brag about it.

    So um, watch out.

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  89. Ns05  February 10, 2013

    Hi, is there any way of seeing the date of a comment left on Instagram? I know if there are several comments then you can click on ‘view all comments’ and see when it was posted, but what if there is only one comment?

    Thanks.

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  90. Daisy  February 23, 2013

    Please help! Couple days ago I linked my Facebook to IG so I can follow certain friends then I unliked it because I notice friends on my FB was following me who I didn’t want to then I asked them how they found me they said IG notified FB that I joined. I hate that I don’t want friends to know that I’ve join I have my pics on private because of this. Btw I also took out my FB page link on IG and I changed email, please help if you can.thank u

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  91. spoken word  February 23, 2013

    Hi Chris, I just started my Instagram. I’m guilty of doing some following and un-following. Only because I realized I didn’t want to follow everyone on my Facebook. Anyways, now I can’t follow anybody? Do I just have to give it a few days? Not sure how to fix it.. .

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  92. Person  February 24, 2013

    Hey, I’ve had these people posting comments on my pictures that say things like, “Follow this account to get more people to follow you” but none of my friends get it when they post more hashtags than me, is there anyway to stop people posting stuff like that on your photos??

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    • Chris Smith  April 2, 2013

      You have to remove the comments manually and block the users manually.

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  93. Lii  February 26, 2013

    Hi Chris,

    This question may have already been asked & I apologise if it has but I was wondering if someone I am following likes a photo of someone who I am not following & they are set to private, will that show up in my newsfeed?

    Thanks :)

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  94. liting  February 27, 2013

    Hi, can someone I didn’t follow or doesn’t follow me tagged me in their comments?

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  95. Mardanah  March 3, 2013

    hi there, i have a problem and hope you can help me in that…

    i blocked a friend and she blocked me back so now we can’t view each others profile anymore, i want to unblock her now and i can’t cause i can’t see her profile cause am blocked!! is there a way i can unblock her!? please reply to me by email.

    thanks a million….

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  96. Anon  March 4, 2013

    Rule #4.

    I realize you prefaced this rule with the fact that it is controversial so it’s not an all out bash. But I feel it necessary to talk abut this. IG is a form of social media, therefore. Post whatever you want! People can CHOOSE to follow you. As an avid user myself and a professional chef, I am always posting pictures of food. Some plates that were created by me, some that I just find interesting and like to share. I also love seeing posts such as these. THIS argument I think is based on preference, follow those who post things you like? Simple as that. Personally, I hate seeing pictures of insecure people shooting “selfies”. But I don’t think it’s wrong or whatever, I just choose not to follow those people. Now, it should be made clear that rules 1,2,3 and 5 are 100% where they should be. But most of that can be understood by common sense. Don’t beg for friends, it’s pathetic. Stealing anything ever is a bad move and never leads to good. Quoting an above post “I thought Facebook was for posting a bajillion photos” (loose quote) – why? Where are there guidelines for photo post restrictions? If I go on vacation and want to share lots of neat stuff on my feed, are you telling me that I have to choose one out of the 100 photos I’ve taken? How about this (once again, all together now) don’t follow those you don’t care to follow! Annnnnnnd I think I am out of momentum on this topic now so cheers. Have fun with IG. Post what you want, just don’t be an asshole and don’t offend anyone. Cheers.

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    • Chris Smith  April 2, 2013

      I rule is more a caution because 95% of people don’t know how to take good pictures of food. What usually happens is they get a snapshot of something that looks like green oatmeal and it really isn’t appealing. If you are a professional chef then I assume you also have taken the time to learn how to shoot quality food images. If you are one of the 5% of people who actually know how to take awesome images of well presented food and that is your “angle” on IG then more power to you!

      My list is intended for people who are looking to grow their following the hard way – earn it through hard work and dedication. The way I prefer to use Instagram does not match up with 98% of the users but that same 98% who sees things differently from me can still benefit from some common sense rules before they make a mess of their account.

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  97. Katherine  March 11, 2013

    Ok that’s not fair. You can’t just tell people what they should and shouldn’t post on Instagram!! It’s not about the most “Beautiful Moments” in your life. It’s pretty much Facebook and twitter just different. I sometimes post a lot and I sometimes almost never post. It’s not like I go into detail about a whole schedule when I post pictures on Instagram. I’m not trying to give hate or be mean or especially hurt anyone’s feelings but this is just what I wanted to say.

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  98. Molly  March 25, 2013

    I’ve actually kept coming back to this article since I’ve gotten more and more into IG! One big gripe I have is the private profile :I realize there are many legitimate reasons, but I can’t help feeling annoyed by them cause it just seems conceited and kinda bitchy, like they think they’re so special that they’d be spammed big time if they made they’re profile public like everyone else! Also, what’s the point if only people who maybe you know already can see your photos?! If IG would crack down on spammers, there wouldn’t be a problem! The spam accounts are hilariously obvious :only 3 photos, bio says “bacon enthusiast.introvert.social media addict.” And they leave comments unrelated to the pic! Also, the duckface followers who don’t give any likes are annoying. Ok, rant over. I do love instagram, which is why I want it improved! Great article.

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  99. jadecarolina  March 25, 2013

    Thanks for the tips, although I think of them as common sense but it sure seems that many people don’t understand that and it’s quite sad. I found this because I was looking for some advice about posting pictures of people that I took years ago. I know that as the photographer I own the copyright and as I’m not using them for a commercial reason, it should be fine, but I don’t want anyone to get upset if they found out their picture is out there in the public. What would be your suggestion?

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    • Chris Smith  April 2, 2013

      Tough question really. If you can’t contact the people and ask if they mind then go ahead and post them. You took them so they are your intellectual property. If you are intent on using them for commercial use (doesn’t sound like it) then you would typically have the “model” sign a waiver or contract of some sort. For simple snapshots of everyday life and people who don’t make a living being in front of the camera then I believe it is up to the photographer to decide what is okay and what isn’t.

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  100. Khanvect  March 27, 2013

    Hey Chris,

    Your articles are great reads. Thank you for giving us all tips and warnings.

    I just recently set up a new Instagram and put up about 10-12 pictures to start off. I will start following your suggested routine of scheduled posts and communicating with followers.

    However, one issue that is really bothering me is that people can just screenshot your pics and do whatever they want with them. You stated that you don’t use watermarks but why? I mean I don’t even consider myself an amateur photographer but I don’t want my pictures (if they ever become famous enough -_-) being displayed everywhere with no credit to me. I was thinking of using some sort of watermark on my pictures from now on but wanted your opinion of it’s really worth it or not. Even though they can be removed, the lazy stealers will be prevented from taking my pics…

    Khanvect

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    • Chris Smith  April 2, 2013

      Watermarks should be used for branding purposes. If someone wants to steal your images there isn’t much you can do about it and having a watermark isn’t going to really deter them – there are easy ways to remove them.

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  101. Leo  March 28, 2013

    The only thing i did do was #2 omg i’m so stupid but i only did it cauze it was a funny photos (posted only relatable posts)and i wanted to share it with my friends i should just post pics of myself damn i sound conceited.. :D (looking forward not doing that mistake)

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  102. lauraos49  March 28, 2013

    I want to change my username on Instagram, but when I did, the “tag” for my username (@lauraos49) never changed to the new username. This is unfortunate because then with my new name none of my friends are able to tag me in pictures…it always automatically uses the old tag. Is this normal? and what can I do about it?

    Thanks

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  103. Emz  March 29, 2013

    Hey,

    These are really good rules!!! But recently ‘I’ keep posting comments on IG that I definitely didn’t post. Have I been hacked or something, because it’s comments like ‘follow this randomer to get more follower’ and I know I get sick of people commenting that on my photos, so do you lnow what it is and how I can stop it???

    Thanks,
    Emz

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    • Chris Smith  April 2, 2013

      Yes it sounds like you gave your login info to a bot. This is the sort of thing those “buy followers” tools do. I highly recommend you change the email address associated with your Instagram and then change your password. You need to do it in that order to be sure to get your account back.

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      • Emz  April 3, 2013

        I know you’re definitely the expert here, but I’ve never given my login details to anything but instagram. I’ve tried changing my password before and it didnt stop ‘me’ from posting all these comments. Is there a reason to changing your email then password in that order?

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        • Chris Smith  April 11, 2013

          Yes. If someone has your credentials they could possibly also have your email credentials (unless they are different). If you use really strong passwords and not the same password for all your email and other online accounts then you are probably safe. But if someone has hacked you chances are they may have hacked your email too. A hacker can use your email account to get control of your Instagram again. Just a safety precaution and also just a suggestion – you should do what you feel comfortable with.

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  104. HADI  March 31, 2013

    Is there a quick way to block all the fake accounts that are already following you ? I have like atleast 500-600

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  105. Ari  April 8, 2013

    Hello, please i need your help please, i got a lot of fake account in my followers list on instagram and i don’t know how can i. Delete them… Please help me….

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    • Chris Smith  April 11, 2013

      You can block any user you like. Just go to that follower and use the “Block” feature – they will no longer be following you and cannot comment on your posts.

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  106. molly  April 21, 2013

    Like no offense or anything but the actual point of instagram is to post photos of what you’re doing and stuff. I get it if you’re all about quality and your photography work or whatever but a lot of people do it to share funny every day things. Not everyone has to post amazing photography artsy photos… I enjoy seeing stuff like what music my friends listen to and funny stuff they did with their friends. That’s kind of what social networking is.

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    • Chris Smith  April 22, 2013

      No offense taken. My advice is for the general public on proven ways to improve their Instagram following without resorting to buying followers and such. My own personal bias do come out in my writing and that is as it should be. Everyone can get out of Instagram what they want based on how they want to use it.

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  107. Tania  April 25, 2013

    I’m interested to know why it’s considered ‘spamming’ to post a series of photos in a row. I’m not having a go at you, I’m just interested why? 100 feed photos can be whizzed through in nanoseconds so it’s hardly an inconvenience and it’s pretty irrelevant WHO posts those 100 photos – ie: if they’re by eighty different people or just five different people, what’s the difference? You choose to follow them – why is a sudden small rash of pics so offensive? Just interested in other people’s views because this complaint and definition of spamming doesn’t make sense to me (spamming is unwanted contact, by definition – so if you choose to follow someone, they can’t ‘spam’ you).

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    • Chris Smith  April 25, 2013

      Hi Tania and thanks for taking a minute to post your thoughts. I agree with you on one account – it really isn’t spamming by definition so if I used that term in my article I used it very “loosely”. :-) These are my thoughts that I am sharing for the sole purpose of helping others in their Instagram journey. I have heard others who feel similar to me. Post 1 or 2 or 3 at the most pictures at a time then come back and post more later. The logic is that most people follow a variety of people and therefor want to see a variety of images in their feed. Unless they know you personally or have taken the time to get to know you through Instagram (or other social networks) then chances are they have a short fuse and so if you overwhelm their feed with images they are likely to unfollow you. The added benefit of spoon feeding your images is that you have a more regular and constant contact with your followers instead of a heavy burst of activity then nothing for several days.

      When I go out on a photo shoot I might come back with 200 images. Only about 10% (say 20) are worth sharing with the world. I will then process them a few at a time and post them in the order I want the viewer to see them. However, my goals on Instagram are very different than the average user. If you process and method fits your goals then far be it from me to tell you how to do it. If it is working for you then keep doing what you are doing and enjoy!

      Cheers,
      Chris

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  108. elai  April 26, 2013

    hi chris.
    is it normal to lose a follower on instagram automatically? Because I’ve been losing followers and when I checked the profile of the missing follower I am still in their “following” but they aren’t on my followers anymore so what’s happening is that the number of my followers is getting lower an lower. please help me what can I do about it because most of these missing people are my friends. thank you so much! xoxo

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    • Chris Smith  April 26, 2013

      Seems odd but I do believe Instagram doesn’t update their meta data as often as we’d like so sometimes it may show someone is still following you but they aren’t. Give it a few days and the info should clear up. Also have you looked out your followers outside the app like on a full website like statigr.am?

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  109. margaret  April 28, 2013

    Is it true, that if someone likes all of your pictures one after another it is considered spam? And should you report them?

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    • Chris Smith  May 6, 2013

      I wouldn’t think so. No harm in liking someone’s images. If they start adding spamming comments that’s another issue.

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  110. casper89  April 29, 2013

    hi,
    may i asks why all of my comments have’nt shown after several minutes?
    thanks

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  111. Helen  April 30, 2013

    HI!
    I’m new in instagram.
    I want to know one thing that I don’t understand clearly.
    I send comment on instagram with@ .
    But my comment was disappeared when I refresh it.
    Please give me some advice for me.
    Best regards,
    Helen

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  112. rosie  May 7, 2013

    Hi, I was wondering if the changing order of facebook friends does have a meaning? As some are always at the top and others keep changing the order? (Settings > find Friends > Facebook Friends)

    Thanks,

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  113. V4  May 14, 2013

    why does instagram show that I’m following more users than I am? I followed only 9 yet it show that i followed 13 how to sove that issue?

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    • Evan  May 16, 2013

      I too have this issue expect for me it says im following 142 people but when u click 142 it shows NOBODY AT ALL

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  114. Evan  May 16, 2013

    Ive looked at my instagram on statigram, instamate, and other instagram apps… It says im following 142 people, when i click 142, IT SHOWS ABSOLUTELY NOBODY… Please help me chris, you can even take a look at my instagram and have a look for yourself… @lonewolfwatkins

    I refuse to follow anyone else until this issue is fixed, and this really ruins my experience with instagram,

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    • Chris Smith  May 21, 2013

      Looks like some kind of Instagram bug of some sort. I also so “no users found” when looking at the 129 you currently follow.

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      • evan  May 22, 2013

        So do you think there is a way too fix it or am i gonna have to make a new one to fix it.

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  115. Isabellalaurence  May 18, 2013

    Is there a way to hide your bio from people following you without blocking them or I following them?!

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    • Chris Smith  May 21, 2013

      The only bio details they see are those you enter in the (i) Info icon. So they see your username and whatever you type in your info section and that’s it. Unless you have geocode enabled where they can see where your pictures are taken which, unfortunately can be wiped or replaced by different processing apps such that the majority of your photos can be tagged to your home address…not something you want to accidentally share with the entire world! This is the very reason I don’t enable geocode on my images.

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  116. Mariah  May 25, 2013

    Something’s wrong with my Instagram account it’s not letting me follow anyone anymore and I have only followed 72 people.

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  117. Ronnie  June 5, 2013

    I have this account and I am not following anyone but it says that I am following 345 people! that is too much! please tell me how I can get rid of that number. I have tried everything but nothing will work!

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  118. AMM  June 15, 2013

    Hi
    I have read your post, and I agree with most of them. However, some people like taking pictures of what you are eating, and just make an album of “Breakfast” “My Cooking” or, whatever. It’s absolutely fine for me to see those photos.

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  119. AMM  June 15, 2013

    And for me, it’s more annoying to see photos of my friends drunk in a pub! Things(Foods, books etc) are more interesting and easier to make comments.

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  120. chelsie  June 20, 2013

    i just read through all the comments but i didn’t find an answer to my question. If i like 50 pictures in one sitting, say, under 15 minutes, leaving feedback on some of them, am i clogging my followers “news following feed”?. Are those 50 pictures taking their whole screen and keeping them from seeing their other friends activities? TIA!

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    • Chris Smith  July 11, 2013

      Nope. Instagram groups it all together so they might only see 5 of the pics you liked at one time.

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  121. alisonk  June 24, 2013

    I have a problem. Every time I try to see who’s following me on my Instagram it wont let me click on it. Please help.

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  122. danavon  June 27, 2013

    hey

    i just want to know how can if users are fake?

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  123. Bassemhassen  June 28, 2013

    spam followers How to remove or block the old spam/fake followers, i cant see them in My Account any help?

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  124. Khalid Al Zaabi  June 30, 2013

    I spammed an account and he can’t follow me and when he searched my account it is like invisible to him. How can I remove an account from my spam list and let him be like when he followed me the first time? Please help me in my situation.

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  125. Amz  July 11, 2013

    Hey Chris! I’ve recently deleted my account but I want to re-open it again…is there a way I can get it back? If not,would there be a way where I could see my old followers and people I use to follow?

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    • Chris Smith  July 11, 2013

      If you deleted it then you have to start over. Sorry about that!

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  126. Megan  July 14, 2013

    i made an instagram about a month or two before i graduated high school. i didn’t start posting on it until the week of my high school graduation because i wanted my first few pictures to be memorable. honestly the only reason i use instagram is to keep in touch with friends from high school and my family. i don’t post more than a few times every couple days or weeks because i don’t like posting all the time. i think its unnecesary. i don’t take pictures of myself all the time and if/when i follow someone its cause they’re either friends of mine or family (i don’t/will never follow someone i don’t know personally). i keep my profile set to private for my own reasons. i don’t want complete strangers looking at my pictures.

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  127. Chloé  July 24, 2013

    Hi Chris,
    When I’m looking at pictures on Instagram I sometimes click on someone who left a comment on that picture. That way I come across a lot of (interesting) accounts. But lately I’ve also come across accounts with disturbing pictures. Like people who have an eating disorder and keep a “diary” about their (lost) weight and sometimes even encourage others to lose weight or accounts with pictures where people hurt themselves. I think it’s really wrong to post stuff like this, because encouraging and giving tips to others to lose weight, etc is horrible. Eating disorders, hurting yourself, etc is really bad and I hope the users of those accounts get through it, but sharing their feelings and “process” about topics like these isn’t the way to do so. I know there’s not much I can do about these accounts, but I’d like to try. I’ve already tried to report the pictures as inappropriate, but that does not seem to work, even though all these pictures aren’t in line with the guidelines for the Instagram community. Do you know some way to report this that will actually work? Do you know if reporting does even work? I hope you understood what I’ve said, because English isn’t my native language! (I’m Dutch) I hope you can help!
    Thanks,
    Chloé

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    • Chris Smith  August 7, 2013

      Reporting does work. I don’t believe Instagram does anything about an account that is reported unless it hits a certain number of reports or if the content goes beyond a PG-13 rating.

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  128. Eduardo  July 26, 2013

    Why does instagram say I’m following more people than I really am?

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  129. Gracie  August 26, 2013

    I don’t know if u can but I hope! There are some people that I’ve blocked but they can still see my bio. I don’t want them to be able to see my bio. How do I make my bio private? Or make it so only my followers can see my bio?

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    • Chris Smith  October 1, 2013

      Your bio is public to everyone. Only your pictures are private even when you block someone.

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  130. Andy  August 30, 2013

    How about your do whatever you want and if people don’t like to they can unfollow you…

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  131. roory  September 11, 2013

    Hey

    I really need some help
    i cannot log to my profile or receive a password reset request

    Some one tried to log to my profile by typing the wrong password

    i tried everything.. and i cant make another account because i have 18k followers

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    • Chris Smith  October 1, 2013

      Without access to the email account used to create the IG account you are out of luck. If you can get into the email account then you should be able to reset the password. Also you might want to check the Instagram offical website and see if there is a way to reset your account from there rather than just within the app. Good luck!

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  132. Stella  September 15, 2013

    Hi! It appears that someone is blocking me because I see the “no photos yet.” We’ll I talked to her and she said that she wasn’t blocking me. You really seem smart about instagram, I was wondering if you knew the awnser. Also, what is your instagram? Thanks!

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  133. Matilda  September 17, 2013

    Hey Chris!! I’ve got a problem.. I deleted my account on Instagram and now I really regret it. I want to use my old username, I’ve tried to start a new acoount with my old username but it says that it’s already in use. But if I search my old username there is noone using it, is there a chance to sign up with the same username again? :(

    /Matilda

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    • Chris Smith  October 1, 2013

      Do you still have access to the email address used to create the account? If so, have you tried to have them send a reset password or something like that? I don’t know if they eventually recycle usernames or if they are gone forever once someone creates one. Hope you can get back in!

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  134. bahar  September 28, 2013

    Nobody likes my photos on instagram even if add hashtags. It used to be work but now it doesn’t.

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  135. Kylie  October 5, 2013

    Is there an app or any way to see who views your instagram profile the most?

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  136. Kay  October 25, 2013

    Thanks so much for all your help, Chris – this has been a great thread.

    I was wondering if you would know why I can’t like the photos of one person I particular or leave comments on their pictures?

    I have unloaded and reloaded the app but it is just this one person. I can see all of their photos and they haven’t blocked me – I just can’t interact with their feed.

    Hope you can help :)

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  137. Cott  October 27, 2013

    Hi,
    I just wanted to know, if you send a request for following to someone whose profile is private, and you take back the request right away, can they see it anyway?
    Thanks!

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