Social Media Instagram Instagram Trends That Never Get Old Follow these Insta swings to become a pro in no time Share Pin Email Print Instagram Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating By Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated February 11, 2020 So maybe you’re on Instagram, but you’re not quite sure how you should dive into this strange new world of mobile visual sharing. Not to worry! We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most popular ways people are using Instagram. Follow these trends and you’ll be an Instagram pro in no time. Use the Explore Tab to Find New Content Instagram is about photos, but it’s also about interaction. When you first sign up, the app will ask you if you’d like to find friends already on Instagram in your existing networks, like Facebook or Twitter, but using the Explore tab is also a useful way to discover new and popular users to follow. The Explore tab can be accessed by tapping the magnifying glass in the main menu. A grid of recent photo posts, video posts, and even stories will be shown to you based on who you're following and who you interact with on Instagram. Use Hashtags in Your Posts Yes, hashtags are still a big deal on Instagram. You can actually attract more followers, likes and comments to your photos just by adding as many relevant hashtags you can think of to the photo description before you post them. For example, a photo of a dog could include: #pets, #dogs, #germanshepherd, #love, #animals, #cute and so on. Pixabay Since people are actively searching through tags on Instagram, it’s almost impossible not to be discovered by other users. You can check out some of Instagram’s most popular hashtag trends right here. Take Selfies For those of you who don’t know, a selfie is a self-take photo of yourself. Selfies thrive and flourish on Instagram. People love them, and you don’t have to feel ashamed of taking as many selfies as you want using this app – because everyone else does it too. Experiment With Photo Filters Instagram has a whole bunch of interesting photo filters you can apply to instantly transform any photo into a work of art. Whether you want an aged look, a lighter look or a black and white look, Instagram’s got it. Here’s a brief breakdown of how you take advantage of each individual Instagram filter to make your photos look perfectly stunning. You can also take advantage of Instagram's built-in editing features to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and more in addition to applying filters. Use Location Tags You can add locations to any of your posts when you get to the caption editing part, which can help it be more discoverable (as long as your account is public). People searching those locations on Instagram might come across your posts. It's also just a great way to tell your followers where your photo or video was taken, without having to type it out in the caption. Focus on Food, Pets, and Sunsets If you spend enough time on Instagram, you’ll start to notice some big photo trends. Selfies sure are a popular one, but so are pictures of food, pictures of dogs and cats, and pictures of sunsets or the outdoors. Go ahead and try an experiment. Take some photos of delicious food or a beautiful sunset and start adding as many hashtags as you can come up with before posting it. You’ll almost be guaranteed to attract interaction from other users. Post Instagram Photos on Other Social Networking Sites Last but not least, another great way to find more followers and get more likes or comments is to post your Instagram photos to other social networks. Instagram lets you do this automatically to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. You only need to allow Instagram to access your other social accounts once, and then you can post away. Simply tap the social network in the “Share” section before you post a photo on Instagram to have it automatically posted to Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr. That’s it. Now you’re one of the pros. Happy Instagramming!