Instagram is commonly mistaken as a social media platform where teens post pictures of their photogenic lunches & fancy coffee but it is so much more.

As a user of Instagram myself I have found so much happiness and enjoyment in sharing my photos with others and receiving feedback from my followers.

I spent 2 years with a friend posting every day, using hashtags and keeping our blog busy, in doing this we created a following of 80,000 people. Doing this we created revenue by monetising and connecting with other users who sent us products or payment in exchange for advertisement.

Not only can you express your artistic side with different filters and effects but you can share moments of your life with friends and family in an instant.

By following and adding people you know you can stay visually updated on their lives, achievements and successes. When you enjoy a post that you see you can like it and/ or comment on their photo, they can reply to your comment by tagging your user to ensure that you get their reply.

It is not only beneficial for personal use but also for businesses as it allows you to use hashtags and spread your content to new customers and consumers.

Instagram was created on October 6th 2010 by the authors Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.  With 25 languages, the sites user count grows every day from people all over the world.

“Every start-up should address a real and demonstrated need in the world. If you build a solution to a problem lots of people have, it’s so easy to sell your product to the world.” Kevin Systromy62sz4ie

Commonly there are hashtags or ‘trends’ that thousands of people use daily. For example one trend that is very well known for instagrammers is  #ThrowbackThursday or #tbt this is where you would post an old photograph or memory and of course, you post this on a Thursday.

Initially Instagram only allowed you to share photos but in 2013 the update gave you the option to record and post 15 second videos, earlier this year the 15 seconds were extended to 60 seconds so users were a lot less limited on what they could post.

In between posting and liking others pictures publicly you can also direct message or ‘dm’ other users by sending a message or photo to them so you can chat.

This has been recently updated and is a lot easier to use compared to the previous way it was when you were only able to send a message attached to a photo.

With features like the ‘explore tab’ you can view other Instagram blogs that you may be interested in based on your likes and who you follow, personally I love the explore tab as it allows me to discover new accounts that I end up loving to have on my feed.

No matter what age, Instagram is for everyone it’s simple to use and so beneficial.