Your Guide to the Dos and Don’ts of Instagram

By Alyssa Pereira

We love Instagram. What began as a little old app back in 2010 has burgeoned into a massive social media platform, enabling nostalgia (#tbt!), friend bonding (#loveher), and even vanity (#selfie). We love playing with the filters, the angles, and letting everyone know where we are—it’s a lifestyle we’ve grown to love. And, with the introduction of video last June, we’re in motion too.

But there’s always a downside. It’s pretty easy to get swept up into all the bad habits Instagram-users indulge in, so we’re offering a little lesson in Insta-etiqutte, as demonstrated by some of your favorite artists.

 

DO: Post #Selfies

It’s a good thing to have self-esteem, and selfies could in fact, help yours grow. Celebs like Rihanna and Justin are notorious for their selfies, and they have plenty of swagger to show for it.

A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on

DON’T: Post Only Selfies

Too many selfies can make you look vain or cause your self-esteem to plummet.

(via @JustinBieber's Instagram)

(via @JustinBieber’s Instagram)

 

DO: Celebrate Your Good Days

@madonna YEEEE MAAAAA FUCKINNNN HAAAWWW YALLLL ❤️👅❤️👅❤️👅

A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

DON’T: Overshare

It’s not an #aftersex #selfie, but it’s still alarming.

#fuckyeahtampa yasss that's a bruise on my arssss #❤️💲🎉 ☀️👅👽

A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

 

DO: Embrace Your Quirks

It’s good to be weird.

#regram @itscaradise

A post shared by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on

DON’T: Scare People

Miley, we’re afraid of what’s happening here.

Pupil 👀

A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

 

DO: Take Pics With Your Besties

Yay friendship.

🌸 GIRLS 🌸 @thedownlowe @emmasmac @melamurder

A post shared by Lorde (@lordemusic) on

DON’T: Uhhh?

Happy as my Clam

A post shared by xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) on

 

 

DO: Use Filters in an Awesome Way

This is why the internet was made.

Dear Marie

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

DON’T: Overfilter

What is even happening here?

secret project

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

 

DO: Remember Your Travels and Adventures

Take it from Taylor.

DON’T: Try to Use Your Phone Underwater

That is, unless you’re Cara Delevigne.

🌊🌊🌊

A post shared by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on

 

DO: Love Your Pet

Adorable much?

Baaaaaast fraaaandsss fur-avaa @jiffpom

A post shared by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

DON’T: Advertise Your Pet Projects

#ad #TBT Trying to get back to the long hair days @Hairfinity #2009 #noextensions

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

 

DO: Become Friends with Ellie Goulding 

Apparently, everyone else is already.

post show w this lil darlin

A post shared by Lorde (@lordemusic) on

Kathy Purdy & Ellie Goldberg strike again cc @elliegoulding

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