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The new rules of en­gage­ment

Start off by find­ing a pro­file you like, and iden­tify what it is about the grid that grabs you. Are the images stark and mono­chrome, or soft and ro­man­tic? Con­sis­tency is al­ways ap­peal­ing but don’t for­get you can add in­ter­est with an­gles and crops. Use fil­ters with cau­tion. Stick to a limited range to keep things uni­form, or bet­ter yet, forgo the filter and get fa­mil­iar with apps like Snapseed and Afterlight, which have pro­fes­sional edit­ing tools. Usu­ally a bit of bright­en­ing, sharp­en­ing, and a smidge more sat­u­ra­tion are all you need to make an im­age pop. In­sta­gram com­presses images, which is why they al­ways look a lit­tle grainier af­ter you post them than they did in the edit­ing app. Keep your grid as sharp as pos­si­ble by post­ing only high-res­o­lu­tion im­agery. If you’ve found a pic you’d like to re-gram, use re­verse im­age search on Google to find the orig­i­nal ver­sion rather than screen­shot­ting some­one else’s and pro­cess­ing it through the app for (prob­a­bly) the zil­lionth time. Post with reg­u­lar­ity to get your fol­low­ers used to see­ing you. Every other day is good when you’re start­ing out – fewer posts and you won’t regis­ter in peo­ple’s minds; more posts and you’ll look des­per­ate. The ex­cep­tion to this rule is if you are on hol­i­day, but cap your va­cay snaps at two per day. No one likes a show-off. On that note, don’t fall into the throw­back trap. Noth­ing says starved for at­ten­tion like post­ing a pic from the same trip three Thurs­days in a row. We get it, Fiji was a dream, but have you got any­thing else? In­sta­gram is for show­ing your high­lights reel, not your bloop­ers track, that’s fine. But you should still strive to keep your con­tent as authen­tic as pos­si­ble. Lay off the con­trived flat-lays and post pic­tures of your­self and your friends hav­ing fun. No one can re­sist a girl squad af­ter all. Un­less you are pro­mot­ing some­thing, hash­tags should be used iron­i­cally, not in a bid to pick up more likes. As far as cap­tion­ing, pop–cul­tural ref­er­ences al­ways work well (hello, Mean Girls quotes), and when all else fails, a well-cho­sen emoji will paint a thou­sand words. Best time to ’gram? We feel pretty pop­u­lar when we post af­ter work on a hump day. If you have in­ter­na­tional fol­low­ers, post late at night to wake up to lots of hearts.

On­line eti­quette is ever-chang­ing, and the wrong move can land you in so­cial me­dia Siberia. So how do you im­press on In­sta­gram and score a date via Snapchat? Jes­sica-belle Greer ex­plains

Make friends with your fol­low­ers by lik­ing their pho­tos and post­ing sup­port­ive com­ments, but don’t go over­board. If some­one sees you’ve liked eight posts in the past minute, they’ll think you’re ei­ther a stalker or a bot – and nei­ther is go­ing to get you a fol­low back. Like­wise, if you’ve just re­ceived 20 likes from the same per­son, be mind­ful that this could be a spam ac­count and it would be pretty sad to strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with one of those. If you want to do some stalk­ing, AKA con­duct a back­ground check of your crush, ac­cess In­sta­gram on your com­puter to elim­i­nate the chances of fum­bling with your phone and dish­ing out an ac­ci­den­tal like. This strat­egy is also good when you’ve got some­thing to show your mum and she’s prone to the dou­ble-tap-to-zoom faux pas.

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