We all knew this day would come. We all knew that one day, Instagram would make its way to Android devices. That day is today. With already more than 30 million users, Systrom, the app’s developer, is poised for exponential growth now that it has created an app for android users.
If you’re an Instagram addict like me, you’re probably expecting a few new friend adds from folks on Android … and if you’re as easily annoyed as I am, you’re probably hoping these new users aren’t going to go crazy, filling up your timeline with stuff that doesn’t really belong on the growing social network.
To avoid this quagmire, I’ve created the following list of basic Instagram rules for new users – and a few our old friends who never got the memo. Please share this with anyone you know on Instagram so that all of our experiences can be that much better.
Rule # 10 — Throwback Pics get posted on Thursday and Thursday Only!
Look, we know you have lots of old pics of yourself that you think are absolutely stunning. And we know you wanna share those pics with your new-found Instagram friends. However, those of us who have known you for ages, and have seen all these pictures of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster and Blackplanet – we’re not interested in seeing them again. Especially 8 in a row … on a Monday when we’re trying to scroll our InstaTimeLine and see what folks got into this past weekend. We call it ThrowBackThursday for a reason.
Rule #9 — Instagram is not Pinterest
Please don’t pin stuff on Instagram. By that I mean, please don’t save a picture of something you saw on the internet to your laptop, email the picture to yourself so that you can pull the picture up on your phone so that you can then add it to Instagram. Again, this is not Pinterest. Nobody wants to see a filtered pic of the tea cups they have on Gilt-Home today.
Rule #8 — Don’t Steal Pics
There are a growing number of pic thieves on Instagram these days. Sometimes pic thieves screen shot pics of stuff other people have instgrammed only to re-instagram it and re-share. We see you, it’s not cool. Another way folks steal pics is by simply recreating the picture for themselves. If you see a girl take a really cute, angled picture of her fresh new pedicure as her feet rest comfortably on her coffee table next to her almost finished, hard cover copy of the Hunger Games, don’t kick off your shoes, grab your copy of Game of Thrones, throw your feet up on the couch and start snapping away. It’s not cool.
Rule #7 — Don’t Be a Like Whore
Look, if you like everything, you like nothing. Every single time you make a new Insta-Friend, you don’t have to go to their page and like every single picture. It’s weird, stalkerish and mildly skeevy. Like most Instagrammers, when I make a new friend, I do go to their page and I do scroll through their old pics, however liking more than one or two of their old pics sends the wrong message. Pick the best two pictures from their catalog, like those and keep it moving. Also – fellas, please note… the “like” button on Instagram is a heart, so you know … be wise about that. You don’t wanna send the wrong message. Or maybe you do, if that’s the case … like away!
Rule # 6 — #TeamFollowBack Does Not Apply to Instagram
You wanna know when Twitter became wack … when #TeamFollowBack took over. Nowadays, if someone follows you on twitter and you don’t follow back in 23 hours and 59 minutes, they’re unfollowing you. This creates this unspoken stress about twitter. It’s almost like a chore at this point. It also means, you have to deny requests of strangers because you never know if they are following you to follow you, or following you to arbitrarily increase the number of twitter followers they have. From this day forth – #TeamFollowBack does not exist on instagram. As a matter of fact, follower to following ratio doesn’t even matter on instagram. Just enjoy it. Don’t start over-thinking it.
aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh shut it! *instagrams 500 self portraits and pictures of my toes*
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lol. I have an iPhone and still have yet to get Instagram. Don't think I ever will. I'm not particularly photogenic, to begin with.
Instagram makes everybody photogenic!
Naija if you got photogenic friends share with the IG community. lol
Haha @ you both. Nah, I think I'll keep chillin' on the sidelines. @ Streetz, you know WIM gotchu with his (clearly not personal) Instagram RTs. =P
I once thought the same thing……and then finally gave in due to wanting to try a Photo-A-Day Challenge lol
girl shut up lol
COMEDY!!! It's all true though1
i hate when every picture is of yourself (doesn't matter what pose you use) and i hate tweet gram period.
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As you said its not that deep…so myself and other droid users will come into our own and love instagram 🙂
As a GPOY whore, I rebuke that first rule!!! I mean, I do take pics of other ish too. Still, I'm so vain, I prolly think this comment is about me.
I'm "pinchmycheekie" on instagram btw! Hey ya'll hey.
I can't stand it when people take photos of nothing but themselves (tends to be girls) on instagram. What i hate most is photos of their luxurious belongings…..designer bags, shoes, fake manicured nails etc etc gosh. I feel like there's so much around me to see and share than to show the world how rich or beautiful i am or whatever. Instagram unfortunately has become slightly mediocre. Oh and this tweegram thing, people need to understand that instagram is for PHOTOS! If you want to talk, take it twitter! Death to tweegram abusers….(not literally)
I didn't understand the Tweegram thing people posted on FB, but now I get it…this reminds of when you had to wait months for Google Voice or someone w/ it had to send you an invite…people were getting Paypal pesos off those invites…now you can get it as soon as you start a Google account and they have pic messaging…Instagram is just another app that will likely lose its popularity the more users it gains (Draw Something was hot for what 10 days, if that LOL)…but I'm glad to finally check it out and play around w/ some photos
1 rule to add, don't sync your Instagram to every single 1 of your social networking pages…I hate seeing the same photo on Tumblr, Twitter, and FB, at the same exact time…sync 1 and keep it simple
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Please don’t talk when you have no idea what you’re talking about. Comparing instagram to draw something?
I heard someone say something about instagram, and I thought they were being sarcastic and witty. Didn't realize it's a "thing". Welp, I'll be sure to blow kisses as this wave of technology passes me by, lol.
Don't worry Tef, I had no idea what this was either.
*does old man shrug*
I’m a proud Android and I dont really know or care about instagram. I came here for some insight on how to use it IF I do make an account, but I didn’t get that. Instagram is a social network and people can post whatever they want. If you don’t like what they post then don’t follow or liked them. Whatever. And the thing about iPhone instagram users is they think their at the top of the Techno world. Get yourself a 4G or 4G LTE phone, then we’ll talk. Team Android!
I agree! who cares how or why people use it or if they have an android or iphone…who cares! If you don’t like the way someone uses it don’t follow them right! To those snobs: Get a life…nobody really cares who really matters…
Maybe I’m out of touch, but what is the point of Instagram anyway? What makes it different? Because when I here “social network” I immediately wonder why on earth we need yet another one. There are already sooo many.
Here = hear 🙂
This was hilarious. The greater picture is, that these rules can be applied to ANY AND ALL social networks that have a timeline/photo posting feature. Enough said.
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How could you forget one of th most important rules??
Rule #11- If you reply to a comment left on one of your pictures you MUST MUST MUST @ the person you are replying too!!! No one is trying to stalk your pages looking to see if you replied to them.
Good, funny post. Also good rules for 'experienced' instagram users, especially about the thirst & the syncing (comment above) – I always wonder if I oversync.
ok here's my thing…if all the iOS users aree supposedly holier than thou, how do you ALREADY have a list of 10 rules about no-no's that you seem to be implying, supposedly werent an issue until Android joined in (since the headline is so specifically targeted).
Mind you this is written on the same day as the Android go live…which basically means all yall were/are as lame as everybody else with a camera phone!
smh lmao. yall need to stop, seriously… its just gettin sad now
I love Instagram…I personally have about 1000 (JK) pics of ME!!! My "about me" says it all…I will take a picture of just about ANYTHING…especially ME!!! It's a place to post YOUR pics of whatever and that's why I LOVE it…so SNAP AWAY Droiders…I do!!! And it saves my FB followers from having to see 1000 random pics of the stuff I absolutely have to take a picture of!!!
Ugh, shut the fuck up. I’m so sick of people trying to tell others how to use social networking sites. You run YOUR timeline, and let them handle theirs. If you don’t like their posts, don’t view them. It’s just that simple. Nobody gives a fuck about your “unfollow.” Aside from celebrities, photographers, and artists, no one has anything that awesome to post because we are average citizens with average lives. And whether or not the pics are taken with an Android or an iPhone won’t make a difference. Y’all battling over this shit as if the kind of cell phones we use have weight in the grand scheme of life. Who cares?! It’s a damn phone. Get a life, then post its humble findings on Instagram like everyone else…
I agree, Tweegram is a NO NO, Instagram is for photos, go do your damn tweegram somewhere else on Twitter or something. Also, I think a few self portraits is ok, but if that's flooding your gallery then that's hella lame. And incorrect Hashtags. That drives me crazy. If you've obviously used a filter never should you tag #nofilter.
U forgot the most annoying one… CHAIN LETTERS! I hate them. Some ppl r just stupid enough to believe them! And some of them do it just in case. If U don’t believe in it then don’t do it just in case! That’s what I really hate. And fake shoutouts. If u have over 30,000 followers stop lying about shoutouts! It’s really annoying! That’s all I see! If u have that many followers post nice cool pics! Not lies about a shouout u will never give to someone with less than 10,000!
I know I am just who I am and I gained 4k over the summer
TOTALLY agree about the vain pics that people (usually teenagers!) post of themselves with their iphones. You people look stupid.
Hey I was trying to research and is there anythig wrong with taking celeb pictures and adding captions to them? Celeb pictures as in public, kind of available to the public kind of pictures; if you know what i mean. I was thinking of adding funny captions.
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About rule # 6: I’ve been using Instagram for a while now, and every time I get a new follower, that same person unfollowes me after I follow back. It happens almost always, so what’s up with that?! Is following back a no no? LOL Or is it a trick to get more followers? Obveiously I unfollow them as wel 😉
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Actually, for Rule #5, people who are following you can only see what you "like", they can't see what you comment on unless they are following that person as well. So you can comment on countless pictures of random women or men and none of your followers will know about it unless they are following them too which is HIGHLY unlikely. Just thought I'd share that.
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Why, is there a rule of IG like restricting of posting so much pictures of oneself? IG had been developed to post pictures whatever it may be. Are these 10 rules really coming from the developer? Why some of you are being annoyed of those boastful photos of instagrammers? As long as they don't post nude photos, well that's fine! In the first place, they didn't tell you to follow them. If you are bothered, well don't look at their pictures or unfollow them, ok?, Everyone has the freedom to express oneself!
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As you said its not that strong…so myself and other android customers will come into our own and really like instagram
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