7 things you should never do on Instagram

instagram was the deal of the century for Mark Zuckerberg. Paid 1 billion dollars in 2012, the social network quickly reported by reaching a quotation of more than 100 billion thanks to an impetuous growth in terms of importance and users (there are more than a billion worldwide) and even surpassing Facebook in the ranking of modern social networks. In less than 10 years, the Menlo Park group have managed to take a brilliant idea – that of social photography – elevating it to its maximum power in a whirlwind of features that allow you to spend hours inside. application without you even realizing it. From Stories to streams, from shopping to IGTV, the app gives you so many possibilities that sharing photos is almost at risk of being overshadowed by a range of functions at your disposal. But whether or not you’re trying to become an influencer, there are a few rules to follow that can help you grow your following. And some things you absolutely shouldn’t do.

7 things not to do on Instagram

Don’t push hashtags too much

Hashtags are the secret weapon to being able to spread your post to users who don’t follow you yet, so the temptation to put the # symbol in front of each word is great. But Instagram has a watchful eye on the matter and does not allow you to publish a post with more than 30 hashtagsso it counts with caution because from the 31st the post will appear without text – those in the first comment you leave on the photo are also counted, so don’t look for shortcuts.

Post too much or too little

Maintain a rhythm of on average 2 to 3 contents per day, but do not go beyond that. You do not risk being penalized, but your subscribers could block you if they find themselves invaded by your publications in their thread.

Don’t steal the photos

Posting someone else’s content is positive and increases engagement on your personal profile, especially if it’s a topic your followers care about. But do it shamelessly, “stealing” another’s photo without asking for their consent and without refusing it in publication is a form of but against their side which can make you risk getting banned from the platform.

Don’t overdo the follow-up tactic

Especially when you are at the beginning, following a (more or less) famous person and expecting him/her to follow you back too is a good way to increase your followers and discover on the social network. But it’s a practice that Instagram has started to penalize: first of all it doesn’t allow you to do it more than 350 times a day (which is nevertheless a more than acceptable number), but above all it do not show you the list of those you follow in order chronologicalso you have to look at each profile to check whether they have followed you back or not.

Don’t buy followers

It is another action that will get you banned from Instagram. After a period of tolerance that flooded the platform with bots, the social network has now declared war on fake followers and is carrying out continuous scans to find profiles that are fake or only intended to increase the number of fans.

Use poor quality images

Instagram is the social network that bases its existence on photos. It is therefore obvious that posting ugly, blurry or very low resolution images is a nosense which will do you no good. The same goes for filters: use them, but don’t overdo them.

Don’t spy on your partner (or ex)

One of the latest trends on Instagram is create two profiles : a public – where you can improve daily life and find new followers – and a private where you can share photos with friends and organize events or use to “spy” on the profile of the partner or ex. For the good of everyone and Instagram, it is rather a behavior to be avoided.

Via GQ Italy

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