What to do when you get an Instagram message?
Instagram is known for its powerful social media features, and it’s been used by celebrities and journalists to promote their brands.
But for a growing number of people, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell if they’ve been misbehaving.
“I was on Instagram a week ago, and I got a message saying, ‘I’m really busy today,’ but I was still posting pictures of my kids,” says Sophie, who has a six-year-old daughter.
“So I’m going, ‘OK, I’m not a social media user, but I think I’ve been on Instagram for a week’.”
It’s a similar situation for one woman who is also a journalist, and was on a work trip to China.
“My boss said, ‘You know, I can see you have a lot of photos of your kids, but do you want me to tell people about it?’
And I said, I don’t want to tell anybody, I want to get on with it.”
While it’s a common occurrence for people to be posting photos of their kids, social media is also used to promote news.
For example, a woman was photographed walking with her daughter on a Chinese street in May.
While she was posting pictures with her family, a message appeared in her feed saying she had just been on a trip to a country in China and was taking photos.
“She was actually walking along the street with her little girl, which was kind of a surprise to her,” says social media expert Paul Johnson.
“They had not been there in a while and they’re just happy that they can be photographed and shared.”
In the case of this woman, it appears that her photo has been shared on Instagram more than 500 times, as well as on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.
“There are so many posts on social platforms, it can be quite difficult to know if you’re not actually misbehiving,” he says.
“People are using these platforms to promote themselves, to share their own pictures and videos and to do so in a very public way.”
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