Does Instagram Tick you Off?

Funny-Motivational-Speaker-Colette-Carlson“Your final slide shows all your social media links, but I didn’t see Instagram,” mentioned a younger audience member following my presentation on stressing less. Immediately, my stress went up! Here’s why.

My college-age daughters alerted me months ago Instagram is where they hang out, Facebook is dead, and if I want to stay relevant, I best join the club. Don’t they understand the daily pressure I already feel to post to LinkedIn, Google Plus, YouTube, Facebook (both a personal and professional page), and Twitter? Not to mention creating a monthly newsletter, “Tactfully Speaking” column for Business Management Daily, and weekly blogs. Oh, and let’s not forget to finish the book in-between nurturing clients and loved-ones while speaking on the road! Just the thought of adding one more post was enough to make me go postal!

However, like women are allowed to do, I’ve changed my mind. The shift happened while reading an article announcing that Instagram was cracking down hard on spammers and fake accounts. Some users were livid, but Instagram believed the people who were truly upset were gaming the system.

As a result, Instagram included their community guidelines and this seeker of truth and connection was hooked:

“When you engage in self-promotional behavior of any kind on Instagram it makes people who have shared that moment with you feel sad inside. This guideline includes repetitive comments, as well as service manipulation in order to self-promote, and extends to commercial spam comments, such as discount codes or URLs to websites. We ask that you keep your interactions on Instagram meaningful and genuine."

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Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. Hey Colette – I feel your pain!  I just logged into my Instagram account that I forgot I had and saw I had two posts – one from 2012.  I am behind the curve on this one.  Thanks for reminding me to get with it.

  2. If you haven't seen me on Facebook lately it's because I love the simple vibe of Instagram! I had no idea of their guidlines but it just endears me to them more. This is such a great reminder, Colette, of the age variety we get in our audiences. Thank you!

  3. So, what's your instagram "handle"? LOL! Mine's "poldoll".

  4. Oops! "poldoll2" :)

  5. Sigh. Okay. I get it. Instagram. I, like you, have put on some blinders and am trying to look the other way, but I'll hop on the bus. I will. Thanks for the gentle prod.


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