A cheat sheet for Instagram hashtags

Not sure what all of those hashtags mean beneath pictures shared on Instagram? We’ve got your definitions here.

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The trend is likely to continue into the new year, thanks in part to the increase in iPhone and Android ownership.

All of the new people experimenting with Instagram—whether for work or for fun—might have questions about the hashtags users so eagerly apply to photos when they share them on the site. (Even Instagram vets might have questions.)

Unless you’re familiar with the platform’s terminology, you might be unsure what these hashtags denote. This cheat sheet should help you decipher the lingo:

IG – Shorthand for Instagram.

#igers – Shorthand for “Instagrammers,” otherwise known as, Instagram users.

#igersminnesota – Instagram users in Minnesota (or insert other state). It’s a way of tagging posts by area/state/city.

#photooftheday – Instagram hosts a “photo of the day” contest that carries this hashtag. Apply this tag to enter the contest, or search for it to scroll through the entries.

#iphonography – This tag is used to signify shots taken on an iPhone.

#iphoneonly – And this is a little dig at Android users.

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