ARRL is now on Instagram as @arrlhq.
Instagram is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, everyone who creates an account has a profile and a news feed. When you post a photo or video on Instagram, it will be displayed on your profile. Other users who follow you will see your posts in their own feed. Likewise, you’ll see posts from other users who you choose to follow. Instagram is available for free on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. It can also be accessed on the web from a computer, but users can only upload, share photos or videos, and create an account from their devices.
Before you can start using the app, Instagram will ask you to create a free account. You can sign up via your existing Facebook account or through the app itself. After you sign up, you may be asked if you want to follow some friends who are on Instagram in your Facebook network.
Instagram is all about visual sharing. Every user profile has a “Followers” and a “Following” count, representing how many people they follow and how many users are following them. Every user profile has a button you can tap to follow them. If a user has their profile set to private, they will need to approve your request first. Interacting within posts is fun and easy. You can double tap any post to “like” it or add a comment at the bottom. The @ sign represents a link to your user profile. For example, if you choose your username to be JaneDoe, other users can tag you in their posts by commenting @JaneDoe, which by clicking it, will bring them directly to your profile.
If you want to find more friends or interesting accounts to follow, use the search tab (marked by the magnifying glass icon) to browse through posts recommended to you. You can also use the search bar at the top to look for specific users or #hashtag.
Here at ARRL, we use to Instagram to promote current events, happenings at HQ, or news articles that are floating around! Our username is @arrlhq. Follow us and you’ll have instant access to all photos and videos that we post. It’s an interesting and entertaining collection that will only grow over time! — Erin Day