It's now a norm to be active on Social Media or atleast have a page to communicate with your friends and family especially, those who are far away from you. Instagram is the 2nd Most popular Social Media App in the world today after, Facebook. If you don’t use social media, you might be wondering what Instagram is and how it works. So before you download the Instagram Application on your Mobile phone, The list below shows you 7 things you need to know about Instagram in order to use to it effectively to achieve your goals.

7 things you need to Know about Instagram

1. What is Instagram?

Instagram is a free, online photo-sharing application and social network platform that was acquired by Facebook in 2012. Instagram allows users to edit and upload photos or short videos(not more than a minute for feed post), add captions, edit filters, tweak settings, engage with others, search and explore contents, and so much more. Instagram can be accessed through the mobile app that in some cases be accessed from your desktop too.

2. How do i Choose a Username?

In Instagram, a username is just like a Domain name or Website address as people can easily search for you through that name. The name you use for your Instagram page has to reflect what the page is all about. Choosing a good Instagram username is important as it will attract your target audience and help you to stand out from others. Remember that Instagram has millions of people using it and most of them do not know you but, they know what to search for so, your username has to be something searchable in relation to what your profile is all about. Conversely, An Instagram profile would never be perfect with a username that has no searchable word in it.

2.1. Three Things you must know about your Instagram Username.

3. Instagram Login

To login to instagram, You need to have a Username or an Email or a Phone number and password that you have already registered. However, instagram also has an option for you to set a second authentication other than your password so, that each time you login, you would require a pass code that would be sent to either your phone number or your email. This option is available in the settings.

4. Your Instagram Bio

Your instagram Bio is as important as your Instagram Username because, it's the first thing people read when they open your profile and we all know that your first impression matters alot. This might seem pretty easy but, Writing a good instagram Bio that creates a good first impression requires a lot of thought. The text in your Bio should clearly show the following things;

  1. A simple and precise text about yourself for Personal Profiles or if, it's Business profile, you should state what products or services you offer.
  2. You may also briefly mention your most important accomplishment that is relevant to your Instagram Profile.
  3. Your Bio may contain a Maximum of 3 Hash tags(#tags) relevant to your target audience.
  4. You should provide information on how to contact you. For a Personal Profiles you can provide your email address or possibly, your Phone number. Conversely, If you're using Instagram for Business, you can set up buttons that link to your email, website and Phone.

 Finally, instagram limits the text in your bio to 150 characters so, you must be very precise in writing and therefore, you must only put the most relevant points using the list above as a Guideline.

Instagram 101 for Beginners

5. Instagram Default Profile Types

Your Instagram Profile can either be Personal or Business based on the goal of your profile. Conversely, your personal profile can be Private or Public based on your choice as this options are available for you to set them. However, the Basic Difference between the Profile types is that a Private Profile can only be viewed by people following and also, people can only follow you if, you accept their follow request. Conversely, a Business Profile or a Personal Profile that has been set Public can be viewed and followed by anyone.

6. Your Instagram Post.

Basically, Instagram allows you to post your Pictures(up to 9 at once) or Videos(not more than a minute) on your wall. Ensure that your picture or videos is unique and has good quality because, it's quality would determine how many people would view it or even read your caption. It is optional to write a caption for your post however, if you don't write a caption for your post only your followers can see that post.

 Instagram has one very strict Rule, You are not allowed to Post Adult Contents or anything that Promotes Hate. Adult contents that include Nude Pictures or Videos are not allowed on instagram so, Not abiding by this rule will get your profile Deleted from instagram with or without warning.

7. Instagram Security

There are certain things you need to know in order to keep your Instagram Profile safe and they are listed below;

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