For those of you who have been living under a rock, Instagram is a free mobile photo-sharing app that currently boasts over 100 million users. The application was acquired by Facebook in April of 2012 and the rest is history.

For those socially savvy individuals looking to become ‘instafamous’, here are three tips to skyrocket your following.

1. Don’t holdback on the hashtags
Hashtags are how your potential fans and followers will find you–so let them! Include any and as many relevant hashtags as applicable. When others like your photos, be sure to tag their handle and to thank them. This acknowledgement increases the chances that they will follow you. Finally, participate in popular hashtags like #tbt (throwbackthursday).

2. Take better pictures
Don’t just be a picture taker, be an artist with a ‘voice’. Spend the extra dollar or two and buy a good picture editing application. I personally recommend PicSay Pro, Snapseed or Colorsplash. You are more likely to gain followers with a well taken and well edited photo. Additionally, you will retain your current followers if you maintain the ‘voice’ you have created.

3. Build your Instacred
In order to trend and to gain visibility on Instagram, you need to be known. To accomplish this: follow others, like others’ posts, and comment on their posts. Following and liking others are only the beginning on of the relationship. Commenting on others’ posts shows that you want to further the relationship and generally seals the, “I’ll follow you back” deal.

I’m slowly but surely making my rise to infamy, are you? If so, how? #f4f

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