Instagram probably wasn’t on the top of your list of social media to get involved in but if you know that the most shared content on Facebook are images and that Instagram is all about images, you may see some future in it.
I’ve been using Instagram for awhile, mostly for personal stuff, like sharing photos of my dogs for friends to see. But the more I used it, the more things I learned about it and started to like it even more.
Of course, one of the best things Instagram (which is a free iPhone app by the way) has are the filters, so you can run your photo through the filter before posting it and make it look all professional
Another thing you will probably be familiar with from other social sites are hashtags and @ mentions. So it won’t be a big learning curve to start using it. And of course, following people and getting them to follow you is always an extra push to use it.
So let’s get to the point!
Here is my profile page on Instagram at this moment:
You can see I marked two photos with red arrows. Those are the images I shared on my fitness site’s Facebook page.
That is what I love about Instagram – sharing directly to the page, although I have to admit it took me a while to figure it out
Sharing all photos on your personal profile isn’t going to bring you much interaction if you are not a friend with all your followers and fans, that is why I recommend moving all the cool activity to your Facebook page.
Here is how it is done:
The first screen in the image above will open when you touch the top right settings button on your profile. Then just follow these images and you will be able to set the sharing to pages.
Facebook will ask you to authorize access to your pages separately from your profile, where you already authorized Instagram (if you were using it to share your photos on your personal profile).
The default sharing option is your Wall, but going through settings like in the image above, lets you change that. I normally keep the Wall as my default and when I have a photo I want to share on a certain page, I just change the settings for that photo.
The point of this is making sharing easier, so you don’t have to go to Facebook through a browser or the app and share the photo, but just share it at the same time you do it on Instagram. As you can see, Twitter and a few other options are available so while at it, why not add those as well.
When you are at an event, something is happening you want your fans to see NOW, or any other reason you may have to share the photo fast without having to run it through Photoshop or some other program, Instagram is the app to use.
Don’t forget it is free, so what are you waiting for!? Add me there, my username is brankica81 and leave your username in the comments so I can start spying on you and see how you do it!
PS – What’s this got to do with blogging, you ask? Think back to our “Your blog as a social media hub” series and stay tuned for part 6 next week, where we add the latest and greatest platforms. Count this post as your starter for ten!