We all know why Instagram is great: The smart design and welcoming interface hook you from the first visit. The filters make photos from rank amateurs look awesome. And they get sharing right with private accounts that make it easy to control who sees your pics. (Confidential to Mark Zuckerberg: Please don’t screw up our favorite platform!) The only downside is sometimes you wind up in the uncomfortable position of unfollowing friends who don’t get proper Instagram etiquette. So here’s a word to the wise with ten reasons I’ll drop you from my feed.
1. When you hog my feed
I don’t care if you’re the next Ryan McGinley, if your photos are overtaking the other 100 people that I follow, then you have to go. That’s what Flickr’s for.
2. When all I see is your face
Endless self-portraits are never okay. Instagram, not Insta-vanity.
3. Ordinary objects in bad lighting
The creativity bar is that much higher on Instagram. Publish accordingly.
4. Photo series of the same image
You’re not curating a photography show in celebration of the new shirt you got in the mail from Everlane. Communicate your message and be done with it.
5. Blood and other open wounds
The photo of your finger sliced open before you went to the ER and got 25 stitches is probably sitting in between a picture of newly in-season kale and a bahn mi sandwich. It’s problematic.
6. Photos of photos
It’s not cute. It’s not funny. It’s not aesthetically pleasing.
7. Photos of your cat
I know the Internet has an undying crush on cats, but your cat drinking from its new Whisker City water fountain does not interest me.
8. Gratuitous baby shots
I know that you probably don’t have a life outside of being the worlds best Mommy, but you could use the Internet to make people think you do.
9. OMG you’re having SO MUCH FUN
When your caption speaks to the best night of your life and I’m looking at a black screen with a vague outline of the human form, it’s probably not worth the effort.
10. Feet and unsightly body parts
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