So, you may ask, what does Instagram have to offer us as quilters?
|Instagram feed photo|
|IG Login page|
Starting out on Instagram is easy. Simply create an account using a unique user name and password or log in using your Facebook account.
|IG profile page|
Once you log in, be sure to set up your profile. There is a place for a picture and a brief description. You will want to add your email address and maybe even your phone number for password and login help (email and phone numbers are hidden from your followers and used to reset passwords, etc.) You might even link other web addresses, such as your blog or your etsy shop, to your IG profile.
|IG options page|
|IG search icon is the magnifying glass - this is the people search|
Use the magnifying glass icon to search for people you know. You can search by user name if you know it...
|IG search screen - this is the subject/hashtag search|
Or by hashtag. Search for or tag people using the "@" symbol. Search for things using the "#" (hashtag) symbol. Remember that you can only search for things if you know how they are labeled. You will certainly want to search #ecmqg often.
|IG Camera icon - bottom of home screen|
Once you have your account set up, post your first photo. Choose the camera icon in the center of the bottom of your home screen. I strongly recommend that you use hashtags for your photos. For some reason, photos without hashtags tend to attract spam and unwanted followers. If that happens, you can tap on the person's user name and block them. If the content is unacceptable, you can report the post to have it removed.
|IG picture upload screen|
|Note the word NEXT in the upper right corner.|
|Instagram photo tools screen|
|Instagram Photo caption screen|
|Instagram profile page|
|IG Activity page|
|IG home screen with Inbox icon|
Like other social media, IG has its benefits and its drawbacks, but it is a great way to see what is going on in the quilting world, and with other topics you might be interested in. Check it out!