Of all the different social media platforms, Instagram is one of the most popular for celebrities.

Instagram is one of the best options for social networking and photo sharing because that's the site's focus. The concept is simple: Share photos and admire everyone else’s life.

There are a few main types of photos on Instagram: glamour shots, beautiful landscapes, and sexy food. Everyone can find an account for them and share their everyday adventures on social media or follow their favourite celebrities.

If you want to get started on Instagram, here’s Superprof’s guide to creating your account and becoming an Instagrammer.

Creating an Account and Following Others

To join the Instagram community, you’ll need to get the app or visit the Instagram page on your computer. To find the app, just go to the App Store or Google Store on your phone.

How do you create an Instagram account?
The Instagram community is known for being kinder than those on Twitter and Facebook. (Source: StockSnap)

You’ll need to give some information to sign up:

  • Your email address
  • A username
  • Your first and last name (optional)
  • A password
  • A telephone number (optional)
  • A website (optional)
  • A profile photo (you can add this later)

You just need to click on “Sign up”. You’ll have to click on “Log in” the next time. While you’ve created an account, things are just getting started.

You need to choose who you want to follow. Whether it’s Rihanna, Kristen Steward, or Kanye West, there are plenty of famous people on the platform.

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If you don’t know who to follow, here are the 20 most popular accounts in 2019:

  • Instagram
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Selena Gomez
  • Ariana Grande
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Kylie Jenner
  • Beyoncé
  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Bieber
  • Neymar Jr
  • Lionel Messi
  • Kendall Jenner
  • National Geographic
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Nike
  • Khloé Kardashian
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Katy Perry

You can also follow the accounts suggested by Instagram. To do this, just click on “Follow”. You can also “like” photos posted by people.

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Using the Site’s Different Tabs

Not everyone grew up with smartphones and won’t know how to use Instagram’s interface. Don’t worry, we’re going to explain everything!

What are the different tabs on Instagram?
Instagram has a simple layout. (Source: Wokandapix)

There are 5 different tabs on Instagram.

The first is the house icon which represents the home page. This is where you’ll see photos from the accounts you follow. You can access your messages from the top right of the page or publish a story from the top left.

The second tab with the magnifying glass is the search feature. There are also Instagram Stories underneath the search bar.

The third tab includes your own photos.

The fourth icon, the heart, is your notifications. This allows you to see the activity on your account and whether people are liking your posts. You can also see who’s commenting on your photos.

The last icon on the right is your account. From here, there are a few things you can do:

  • You can add friends from Facebook or your contacts.
  • You can configure your account, add friends, link your account to other social media accounts.
  • You can change your profile picture, your personal information, etc.

Don’t hesitate to have a look around each menu to understand what you can do. Remember that when you log back into Instagram, you’ll go back to the home page.

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Becoming an Instagrammer: Posting Photos and Videos

If you like nice photos, Instagram is great!

How do you become an Instagrammer?
You can do a lot of things with Instagram. (Source: wilkernet)

Instagram photos are usually well framed and modified with filters to make them look even better.
To post photos or videos to Instagram, you just have to click on the “+” in the middle of the app. You’ll have the choice between taking a new photo or video or selecting one from your storage. It’s great for a quick selfie!

You can use hashtags (#) on your photos to identify the keywords. Tagging photos makes them easier to find in the sea of other photos on the platform.

If it’s a good image with a good message, you’ll get plenty of likes and comments. However, don’t panic if you don’t become an overnight celebrity. You just need to increase the number of followers and likes.

The easiest way to do this is to post regularly and interact with your followers, take photos of different things, and make the most of Instagram’s functionality.

Don’t forget to put a description of what you’re posting. You can also add where the photo was taken and tag people in photos and videos.

If you’re not sure about your skills as a photographer, don’t panic and follow this advice:

“To have talent, you must be convinced that you possess it” - Gustave Flaubert

You need to know the difference between Instagrammers and influencers. The latter are paid by brands to put product placement in their photos. Instagrammers don’t necessarily do it for commercial gain. That said, an Instagrammer can become an influencer when a brand gets in touch.

Finally, don’t hesitate to share your photos and videos. Sharing is caring, after all.

If you're looking for work, you should consider making a LinkedIn account.

Disconnecting or Deactivating Your Instagram Account

If you’re sick of filters and hashtags and need a break, you need to disconnect.

How do you quit Instagram?
If you find yourself spending too much time on Instagram, you can always quit. (Source: Webster2703)

It’s very easy to disconnect from Instagram without uninstalling everything. Just go to your own account, click on the three lines, and then on the gear icon and click log out.

There are few things in this life that are that simple. However, if you can’t find the button, you may need to update the app. In this case, just go to the Store, uninstall and then reinstall the app.

If you’re sick of boomerangs, have had enough of Fashion Week, or can’t be bothered with product placement from reality TV stars, quitting Instagram might be a good idea.

Here’s a simple way to deactivate your account:

Open the page in a browser (not the app)

  • Log in with your credentials
  • Click on the account tab
  • Click on “Edit profile”
  • Click on “Temporarily disable my account”
  • Enter your passport and confirm

Deactivating your account won’t delete your data. It just means that nobody can see your posts. To delete your account, you need to go to the “Edit profile” page. You have to choose a reason for wanting to delete your account and enter your password again. And there you have it, you’ve deleted your Instagram account.

Now you know how to create an account, follow users, use the app, and also how to become an Instagrammer, or delete your Instagram.

You can also learn more about social networks like Tumblr, Pinterest, etc, thanks to our articles on the subject. You can also get tutorials on IT and using computers!

If you need more help with computers or social media, you can always get in touch with the private tutors on Superprof. There are plenty of tutors around the UK and all over the world who are ready to help you learn some new skills.

There are three main types of tutorials offered on the platform: group tutorials, online tutorials, and face-to-face tutorials.

For those on a budget, group tutorials are a great idea. If you and a few friends fancy learning more about computers, you can share the cost of hiring a tutor. Of course, you won't get the tailored tuition you might expect from other types of private tutorials.

Face-to-face tutorials are your traditional private tutorials with just one student. This allows the tutor to tailor their tuition to their student and allows you to get a bespoke service. This is great if you have specific goals in mind as you can tell your tutor what you want to learn, how you like to learn, and let them build an entire course around you.

Finally, there are online private tutorials. These are similar to face-to-face tutorials with the only difference being that they're taught remotely using video conferencing software such as Skype. These tend to be cheaper than the face-to-face tutorials since the tutor doesn't have to worry about travel costs and other expenses.

Fortunately for you, most of the tutors on Superprof offer free tuition for the first hour. You can use this time to try out different tutors, discuss what you want to learn with them, talk about their teaching approaches, and, most importantly, check whether or not you get along with them. It can be really tricky learning a new skill from a private tutor if you and the tutor just aren't clicking. If you're going to be spending a lot of time with your tutor, you'll need to have a good relationship with them.

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