On Instagram, there are three main ways to interact with someone. You can like their pictures, comment on pictures, or follow them. This post can serve as your guide on how to handle all of these interactions.
This is, by far, the most common form of interaction on Instagram. To like photos, go to a users page, select a photo, and double tap or hit the like button below the picture to like it.
Commonly, likes are returned from the average user. Users with thousands of followers are less likely to return likes.
If someone likes some of your pictures, I would recommend going to their page and liking the same number of pictures as they liked for you. If you absolutely hate their pictures, you don’t have to like any. Remember, they chose to like your pictures and you probably won’t ever hear from them again.
Comments are the in-between when it comes to Instagram interactions.
If someone comments on your picture, you should reply to them (this might mean thanking them for a compliment or answering a question). To do this on your own picture, type @[their username] so that they receive a notification that you replied to their comment.
If you go and comment on someone’s photo, do not use @[their username]. They will get the notification because it is on their photo. Also, tagging someone on their own photo is seen as something only done by new users and will make you look unexperienced.
You can also return comments as you would return likes.
Follows are rare because people are always considering their “ratio”. This ratio is the number of followings compared to their number of followers.
First of all, you should always follow back people that you know personally, like friends, coworkers, or family.
If someone follows you and you like their pictures, follow them back. Do not feel obligated to follow them. Remember, they chose to follow you and, if you don’t know them personally, you have no need to follow them.
If you choose to follow someone you don’t know personally, do not expect to be followed back. If they follow you back it is a bonus, but don’t expect them too.
Good luck and remember to have fun with Instagram!