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Instagram is a great application for sharing photos across the web, but it's also a great application for finding and following new and exciting people on the web and seeing what they're creating as well. However, it might not be really apparent where you're supposed to find these people that you want to follow on Instagram. And so in this movie I'm going to explore how to find people to follow. The easiest way to do that is to tap your Profile link icon on the bottom right-hand corner. And then once you access your profile, go up to the little Gear icon in the top and you will notice that there's a section at the very top that says Find & Invite Friends.
Once you do that just tap on that and that's going to take you to the section where you are able to find friends from your Facebook list, from your Contact List, Invite Friends or even browse something called Suggested Users. When you tap on Find Facebook Friends it's going to automatically hook up with your Facebook account and show you anyone in your friends list that's currently on Instagram that you are not currently following. If you'd like to follow somebody from your Facebook friends list, just tap on their name out to the right. You will see a green button appear that says Following, indicating you have now followed that person. If you want to unfollow that person let's say you accidentally followed somebody, you can just tap on it again and you unfollow that person.
If you'd like to follow every single person in your Facebook friends list, just tap Follow All and everybody will then be followed. And you will see all of their post populate inside of your Instagram newsfeed. Personally I prefer to sort of go through and curate based on who I think takes better photographs, who travels a lot, things like that. If people are just posting nonstop photos of like their food, or their dog, it's probably not something that's interesting to me but if somebody travels the world, has a really interesting job, they are posting all kinds of interesting things all the time, that's the kind of people that I want to follow.
Let's go back and let's take a look at From my Contact List. This is something you need to be aware of when you tap from your Contact List this is going to alert you basically that when you tap this and click Allow you are uploading your entire address book to Instagram; Instagram now has access to this address book so that they can find people in your address book to allow you to follow. This could be sort of scary for some people because you're actually giving away all of the information of everybody in your address book. If you allow this you then upload all of your information to the Instagram servers and thus give them access to it and allow them to populate a list of people based on that address book that are using the Instagram system.
If you're comfortable with that you can click Allow and it will show you a list of those people. If not you can tap Cancel and it will take you right back out. You also have the ability to invite friends. When you choose to invite friends Instagram will automatically ask for permission to access your contacts if you're using iOS 6. And so once you do that Instagram then populates a list of people that it finds in your contact list based on their email address that are using this service. And so once you find that-- all these people-- you just follow just like you did your Facebook friends or unfollow same thing and there you go.
You may also see a list of suggested users, if you tap Suggested Users this is going to show your various people that are "instagramers" that are popular right now on Instagram, people whose photos are getting a lot of likes or a lot of views. And you can scroll to hear and see different people that are available in this list. You can follow them. The cool part about this is not only does it give you a list of the people, it also gives you a few examples of their photography and a little bit of information underneath there about that person. So somebody could be a designer or a photographer, you can see all of this information about them and it's pretty cool, all the different things that you see about these people and the photographs that you get to see.
If you want to see these photos closer you will have to follow these people and then go to their profile to do that. So you're not able to actually just tap on the photo and have it enlarged here which is kind of a letdown. But this is a great list of people that you can find to get some interesting perspective on what people are posting on Instagram as well as some other people that you want to follow on Instagram as well. To get back to your original screen just tap Back and then you can tap Options to take you back there or if you want to go back to your home screen just tap the Home icon on the far left and that takes you right back to the Instagram home screen.
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