Confession: I’m pretty much a social media failure.
I mean, I’m on Twitter and Instagram, and I’m fine with them for the most part, but I’m not doing anything spectacular on either platform. I often end up feeling awkward on Twitter when I try to engage with people in any meaningful way, and I’ve realized that the ins and outs of Instagram just baffle me.
What hashtags should I actually be using? Should I be tagging authors and publishers or just using hashtags for them? How the heck do I make my pictures look cool instead of boring? (I’ve realized that I don’t have a truly artistic eye, so I might just be a lost cause when it comes to that last one—which is why I’m at least glad I have my rainbow bookshelves as a simple background).
I’m currently running a giveaway on Instagram, but I’ve realized that I just don’t know how to go about an Instagram giveaway because almost no one’s entered. That’s a sad tale for another day, though. See, recently I’ve been more baffled than usual when it comes to Instagram because of … Stories.
Suddenly everyone is talking about their Instagram Stories. Giveaways tell you to add them to your story as part of your entry. And I’ve learned that when I click on someone’s Instagram icon, the little pink circle means that I won’t get to see the person’s latest pic, but instead I’ll have to click through a bunch of random images that I can’t seem to interact with? (On my computer, I seem to only have a short time to look and then the person’s account will just disappear–it doesn’t work that way on my phone though.)
Someone, help, please! I just don’t get this popular feature. Pretty pictures, I know what to do with: If I like it, I click the little heart thingy (see how Instagram-savvy I am?). If I want to say something, I comment. But I can’t do any of that with stories, right? I’m just supposed to look at them and then ignore them? What are they for? Everyone seems to love them, so I must be missing something vital!
Okay, so I did finally break down tonight and I did a quick search and found that Instagram Stories are nice because they’re temporary–they don’t have to be pretty because they don’t show up in your actual feed and they disappear in 24 hours. That explains it at least a little (yes, I am so clueless that I didn’t even understand that basic fact about them). But I’m still sort of lost about what people are using them for and how I’m supposed to be interacting with them.
Basically, this is me pleading with those of you who aren’t as social-media-backwards as I am to tell me your secrets in the comments. Enlighten me!
Do you understand Instagram Stories or are you as lost as I am? I want to know!