Most people don’t take the time to bother reading the Terms of Service when they join a site like Instagram. They go with the flow and figure they’ll pick up the rules as they go along. There are so many rules and terms there and some of it is hard to understand, so it is easy to understand why spending time to read this isn’t desirable. Nonetheless, some rules are important to know from the get-go because if you violate them, the consequences could mean a ban from the site. Some of the important Instagram rules that you should know are below.
Third-Party Posting Apps
Instagram once had a closed API that did not accept third party apps to post directly to the site. Nowadays, however, a couple of apps (think Agorapulse) can help you share your posts, photos directly, and more. If you see other third-party apps out there, it is likely they’re nothing more than scams or viruses so do keep this in mind.
Yes, hashtags are important to use on your photos because they help spread your content to more people. It is said that using 15 or more hashtags generates the most response to your posts. However, there are some hashtags that Instagram has banned and using them in your posts can give you a lot of trouble to face. Don’t assume that it is only horrible words that make the list. #eggplant, and #adulting are two that are on the banned list.
Did you know that it is possible to repost on Instagram? Most people are unaware of this information but it is true. Insta keeps track of your account activity and more than 300 posts per hour or more than 60 comments in an hour may cause the Insta team to think that you are a bot or a spammer.
Bots are Out There
Whether you are buying 100 followers to add to your account from a company or accepting new followers, it is important to be leery of bots that are out there. Bots auto comment on posts but are frowned upon by Instagram so avoid buying any followers or likes that come from such an account. It is not a good way to boost your account.
Some social media sites make sharing simple. Just hit the tab marked ‘Share’ and your friends and followers instantly have access. However, things aren’t so simple on Instagram so don’t try to share content randomly. You must have permission to share from the original poster and always give attribute to the person that posted it originally.
Rules are in place for a reason. While some would say that rules are meant to be broken, when using a site like IG, this isn’t true and isn’t worth the headache and the hassle. Make sure the rules above are in mind when using the site to keep yourself and your account safe at all times.