Global Voices on Instagram

Screenshot of the Global Voices community Instagram account.

In 2015, we relaunched our Instagram account as a community initiative. Since then, we have switched hands every week over 50 times, visiting dozens of cities through the unique lens of fellow Global Voices’ members.

This page is a guide to running our shared community account.

If you would like to run the Global Voices Instagram account for a week, add your name to this spreadsheet.

Before you take over GV’s Instagram account

First up, please read this link to add the GV account to your InstagramNot following this step will unleash security alerts on the account and you will not be able to log in. You will receive our login information from the GVer handing over the account to you.

If you have trouble logging in, send sahar@globalvoices.org an email. 

Running GV’s Instagram account

1. Hashtags: Please include these hashtags #dayinthelifeofGV and #instaGV. Use as many relevant hashtags as you can and add location tags if possible.

2. The first Instagram should be a self-portrait (literal or creative). You can mention your personal hashtag, the year you joined GV and your role in the community.

3. Follow your contacts. This way your Instagram network get to know Global Voices, with a higher chance of following your posts!

4. Short standard bio in all subsequent posts. Not all followers will catch your first intro post and might be confused about who is running the account.
————————————————————————————————————-I'm Sahar Ghazi (@shghazir), a journalist and mother. I'm based right outside of San Francisco. My days are spent supporting Global Voices as managing editor. I am posting photos and videos to the GV Instagram account about life in San Francisco this week.—————————————————————————————————————

5. Credit and clear information: We ask that 1. all photos are taken by you (or credited appropriately), and 2. posts follow a format that gives some information like:
Where the picture was taken (city, country, location about the GVer [i.e., workplace? favorite cafe?]); Who is in the picture? ; When was it taken?; Why are you sharing this picture? ; If possible, a quote when there is a live subject.

6. What should you cover? Instagrams can showcase anything you are passionate about — your work, your city, issues that you care about. Some GVers like to post portraits and stories about their fellow GVers.

7. When you are done with your week, sign out. After you post your farewell message (some like to give a shout-out to the next GVer in line) please remove the GV account from your  Instagram settings, following this link. Not following this step will unleash security alerts on the account.

8. Go back to the spreadsheet and complete a handover:  Send an email to the next person running the account with login information and a link to this guide. Please cc sahar@globalvoices.org.