Just Got an iPhone and Joined Instagram... Now What Do I Do?

March 2, 2020 | Bill V.

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I'm a bit of a luddite and just got a personal phone. After lurking on Instagram I just joined and then kind of froze. After several weeks and a few posts I have two followers (thanks Mom and random Internet stranger) so I decided to do what every good librarian does... I borrowed some books from my local library to figure this thing out. 

Instagram for Dummies

Instagram For Dummies

"Instagram is the fastest-growing social network in the world, soaring from 500 million to 1 billion active users in just two years. Users flock to the site thanks to its simplicity and use of the most popular social media features--image and video sharing, community, and personal insight. Instagram For Dummies is here if you're ready to get acquainted with the platform or want to find ways to do more with your Instagram account. Written by an team led by top Instagram trainer Jenn Herman, this book gives you tips for creating great Instagram images, personalizing your posts, connecting with the Instagram community, and working with Stories and IGTV."


Hashtag Authentic Finding Creativity and Building a Community on Instagram and Beyond

Hashtag Authentic: Finding Creativity and Building a Community on Instagram and Beyond

"Instagram is the fastest growing of all social media platforms, with 400 million monthly active users worldwide half of whom are under the age of twenty-five. While some use the app as a personal networking tool, many also use it to build their creative business endeavours;whether in food and drink or fashion and lifestyle. Sara Tasker has done just that, and since setting up her account whilst on maternity leave in 2013, has become an Instagram coach, iPhoneographer and social media influencer. Her chronicle of authentic everyday life and her mindful Me and Orla blog has developed into a business in which she provides access to free insta-tips, alongside some hugely popular paid for e-courses for independent creatives. Hashtag Authentic draws on the lessons Sara has learned over the past five years." 

One Million Followers How I Built a Massive Social Following in 30 Days Growth Hacks for Your Business  Your Message  and Your Brand from the World's Greatest Minds

One Million Followers: How I Built a Massive Social Following in 30 Days: Growth Hacks for Your Business, Your Message, and Your Brand from the World's Greatest Minds

"Digital strategist and “growth hacker” Brendan Kane has the answer and will show you how—in 30 days or less. A wizard of the social media sphere, Kane has built online platforms for A-listers including Taylor Swift and Rihanna. He’s advised brands such as MTV, Skechers, Vice and IKEA on how to establish and grow their digital audience and engagement. Kane has spent his career discovering the best tools to turn any no-name into a top influencer simply by speaking into a camera or publishing a popular blog—and now he’ll share his secrets with you.... In One Million Followers, Kane will teach you how to gain an authentic, dedicated, and diverse online following from scratch; create personal, unique, and valuable content that will engage your core audience; and build a multi-media brand through platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and LinkedIn."


Instagram Power  Second Edition Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers

Instagram Power, Second Edition: Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers

"A guide to marketing and building your business on Instagram."

You may also be interested in these other business oriented Instagram books:


No Filter The Inside Story of Instagram

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram

"In 2010, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger released a photo-sharing app called Instagram, with one simple but irresistible feature: it would make anything you captured through your phone look more beautiful. The cofounders started to cultivate a community of photographers and artisans around the app, but it quickly went mainstream. In less than two years, it caught Facebook's attention: Mark Zuckerberg bought the company for a historic $1 billion when Instagram was just 13 employees ....  No Filter examines how Instagram's dominance acts as lens into our society today, highlighting our fraught relationship with technology, our desire for perfection, and the battle within tech for its most valuable commodity: our attention."


My Social Media for Seniors

My Social Media for Seniors

"Learn how to get the most out of social media! We've identified the essential skills you need to stay connected with the people you care about; reconnect with old friends and classmates; and share your life with loved ones near and far. Our crystal-clear instructions respect your smarts but never assume you're an expert. Big, colorful photos on nearly every page make this book incredibly easy to read and use!"  You may also be interested in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Seniors.


Instagram visual social media cultures

Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures

"In the first book-length examination of Instagram, Leaver, Highfield and Abidin trace how this mobile photography app has developed as a platform and a culture. Rich with examples from across the world, from birth pictures to selfies at funerals, Instagram is essential reading for students and scholars of media and communication."


InstaStyle Curate Your Life  Create Stunning Photos  and Elevate Your Instagram Influence

InstaStyle: Curate Your Life, Create Stunning Photos, and Elevate Your Instagram Influence

"Gain Instagram followers, grow your personal brand, and influence others with your authentic personality, beautiful photography, and stunningly curated grid. Instagram is the place where trends break, tastes are made, and brands are launched. Plus it's packed with insightful analytics and handy business tools to help you elevate your social media presence to the next level. Create, connect with others, and share the way you see the world! Whether your passion is fitness, fashion, food, or anything in between, you can turn that passion into a business, inspire others, and meet amazing people."


Styling for Instagram What to Style and How to Style It

Styling for Instagram: What to Style and How to Style It

"Capture success on Instagram! Instagram is a digital wonderland of stunning photographs and inspirational images, but how can you make sure that your own photos stand out amidst the rainbow of eye candy? To master Instagram and earn that coveted double tap of approval, you need to have a strong personal brand and an aspirational style that captures the viewer. Styling for Instagram will help you achieve both."

Insta-glam Your Must-have Make-up Guide to Get Instagram Ready

Insta-glam: Your Must-have Make-up Guide to Get Instagram Ready

"Get selfie-ready and let beauty influencer Hani (@hanihanss) show you how to create 15 instagrammable looks, including: how to highlight and contour, the perfect nude life, foolproof instabrows, "I woke up like this", and hacks for faultless winged liner." 

See also:

There's also a whole bunch on food styling and photography.


Instafame Graffiti and Street Art in the Instagram Era

Instafame: Graffiti and Street Art in the Instagram Era

"Instafame charts the impact of Instagram - one of the world's most popular social media platforms - on visual culture in the mere eight years since its launch. MacDowell traces the intuitive connections between graffiti, street art, and Instagram, arguing that social media's unending battle for a viewer's attention is closely aligned with eye-catching ethos of unsanctioned public art. Beginning with the observation that the scroll of images on a sideways phone screen resembles nothing so much as graffiti seen through the windows of a moving train, Macdowell moves outward to give us a wide-ranging look at how Instagram has already effected a dramatic shift in the making and viewing of street art."


Lastly there's a program you might enjoy happening at the Toronto Reference Library March 12, 2020; come hear Professor Kate Eichhorn discuss her new book, The End of Forgetting, where she discusses how the rise of digital technologies could make it impossible to grow up.

The End of Forgetting Growing Up with Social Media

The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media

"Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, our younger selves have been captured and preserved online. But what happens, Kate Eichhorn asks, when we can't leave our most embarrassing moments behind? Rather than a childhood cut short by a loss of innocence, the real crisis of the digital age may be the specter of a childhood that can never be forgotten."


So enjoy yourself and follow me @bestlookingmalelibrarianbloggerever (I'm joking!).