Instagram has been one of the biggest growth channels for my business, District Flight Deals. I just deleted it from my phone.
I don't like the distraction that Instagram is, but feel I need it for marketing purposes. Until recently, that meant I was locked into the mobile app. Luckily, there are ways to get what you need from Instagram all from your laptop.
If you go to instagram.com from your laptop or desktop, you'll see a layout similar to the one above. No ability to see your Direct Messages, DM anyone yourself, or post to stories. Or, oh yeah, post at all.
Along came Pat Walls with an excellent tip:
If you're not familiar, you can see the code behind any web page by right clicking on it and selecting "Inspect".
That'll open something like this:
Click the button highlighted in the top left, and it'll shift your view to mobile. From here, you almost have what Pat Walls shows in his Tweet. But even though it's smaller, you probably don't see a way to DM or post to stories yet. How do you solve that?
Just refresh the page and then.....
You can post to the feed, add stories and DM. Easy.
Unfortunately, if you're curating content from Instagram for your profile, there's no simple way to repost from a laptop.
I made a custom solution for that and am writing a tutorial about how you can do it too (no code tools only). Join my email list if you want to get that post when I publish it this week.
Update: Here is that post.
👋 Looking to no-code freelance?
I'm putting together a list of companies that could use some help.
I'm putting together a list of leads that you could pitch. Included is companies that raised funding in April 2021 (money to spend) and what technologies they use (ideas for providing Zapier, Parabola, Integromat, or other services).
The list is full of detailed info, but I don't want these companies to get overwhelmed by pitches, so only a limited number of freelancers will get access.
Put in your email below and I'll send it your way.
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