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Here's How To Be Cool On Instagram, According To A Teen

Go from InstaSHAM to InstaDAMN.

Let's face it: Instagram is a game; cutthroat and at times agonizing. Garnering likes and followers is no easy task unless you're a Kardashian (or have dated one).


But your social media luck is about to change, because I have a social media whiz to help step up your Instagram game.

Who have I enlisted to "achieve Instagram fire," in her own words? My teenage sister, Grace.

These are the Rules of Instagram:

1. Timing is EVERYTHING.


Rule No. 1 of Instagram: You can't post photos willy-nilly. Think of it like sneaking grapes at the grocery store when a clerk isn't watching: TIMING IS EVERYTHING.

So when DO you actually post? Sunday evening is "prime time" for likes, according to my sister, because "everyone is bored and not doing homework." I guess that applies to the real world too!

When not to post? Mornings! The likes are "weird and sporadic."

2. Also, don't post too much.


I don't care how much you're feeling your look. No one needs to see eight pictures from your date night out with bae. This isn't a buffet; we want small, indulgent morsels of your life. Remember, as my sister recommends, "You can't give the people too much or they will be over it real quick."

If you're posting three to four times a week, my sister says to "reevaluate your life" and "chill a bit." I see no lies!!!

3. BUT if it is a big week in your life, feel free to post more than usual.

4. Selfies have STRICT rules.

5. Filters are for Brita pitchers, not Instagram.

6. Keep your caption game strong.

New Line

Think of your Instagram caption as the icing on top of the cake. Yeah, a cake is pretty good in and of itself. But the icing can seal the deal for you! Because, seriously, who wants cake with bad icing? Or an Instagram with a bad caption, for that matter?

My sister's advice for your Instagram captions? Don't tag people in the actual caption (it's too "messy") and use emojis to "spice it up." As for hashtags? You should ONLY be using them ironically!!!

7. TBTs have to ACTUALLY be TBTs.

8. Be ruthless when it comes to following people.

9. The Kardashians are a great example of what to do — and what NOT to do — on Instagram.

10. Putting your account on private is just plain old weird.


My sister says you should set your profile to public because like, you should have nothing to hide.

Also, it gets you more followers... which is what you're after, right?

11. Use the buddy system!

12. And most important, have some fun and don't take it too seriously. It's Instagram, after all.

Happy 'gramming!