Instagram: Top 3 Annoying Instagram Habits

There are lots of does and dont’s when it comes to Instagram, most of us have done some of the dont’s (I know I have!), here are the three Instagram habits that bug me the most:

– #Hashtagging #Every #Word

You probably seen this on Instagram and might have wondered if it is a good idea? It’s not. The point of adding a hashtag is to make your picture searchable and easy to find for people looking for that particular topic.

Turning every word into an hashtag is pointless – have you ever searched for #is #and #a ? No? Nobody else either… Instagram allows 50 tags per picture (which I think is plenty), make sure to add tags that people actually search for and don’t “waste” tags on these words no one searches for.

– Hashtag “cheating”
I guess this is a “crime” most of us are quilty of, adding popular hashtags that have nothing to do with the picture just to generate more likes.
While this might be effective, it’s also annoying and ruins the purpose of hashtagging and searching for photos on Instagram. If generating a lot of likes is your thing, try out the Tags for Like app. Tags for Like generates hashtags based on categories, determine your pictures category/ies and find popular hashtags to label it with.

– Adding a #Nofilter tag to pictures that 1) it’s obvious that you have not used any filters, and /or 2) is not that impressive.

Am I the only one that find the miss-use of #NoFilter tags annoying? Use #NoFilter when you’ve captured something quite stunning and have no need to editing it, or when the lighting is perfect or you created a natural filter (under a lamp, using your sunglasses or a paper sheet e.g.), not when you’ve taken a random nature pic that quite frankly could need some earlybird-magic 😉

What do you think is the biggest Instagram no-no?


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. V.
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 15:07:18

    Reblogged this on The Main Street Analyst.


  2. michellegilstrap
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 16:38:45

    Very good points. I usually say what the picture is and the point of the photo, identify who is in it and the put the #hashtags. I’m probably guilty of not putting enough.


    • Marianne
      Jul 03, 2013 @ 08:10:53

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂
      I’m guilty of not using too many hashtags too, mostly I do as you – write a picture title, and add a few tags. But often I go back to the photo and add more hashtags, to see what tags generates likes and comments, and that is often quite effective!


  3. michellegilstrap
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 16:39:37

    Reblogged this on Lioness of Social Media Marketing and commented:
    Instagram can be a great tool if used correctly. How many of us use #hashtags wrong. Check out this great post.


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