It’s that crazy time of year when we all want to know our ‘Best Nine’ or ‘top nine on instagram 2023’ on Instagram. Not only does it prompt you to look back over the past 12 months to discover which of your photos resonated with others on Instagram it allows you to be amazed by the surprising images that your followers loved! Let me share how it’s done!
And! If you really aren’t happy with the results, there are ways to make your best nine your own choice. True story!
What is This #BestNine Thing?
The apps that create the best nine photos on Instagram assemble your most commented on and liked photos into a cool grid of nine images, they give you the number of likes and are a great measure of how well you are doing online. The apps don’t give you control over which photos appear so you might be surprised by the results.
Special Bonus Tip
As an extra bonus I have discovered that if you still have photos you like better that the selections the apps make, you can showcase your own favourite photos in the same format. Check out the details and app below.
Apps For Your Own Best Nine Layouts
There are Apple and Google Play smartphone Top Nine and Best Nine app options, plus a ‘create your own Best Nine’ 3×3 template in BeFunky.
- Apple: Top Nine App Store
- Best Nine Google Play (Please check Google Play for updates)
- Create your own using BeFunky > Collage Maker. [Computer and App versions – free]
The #bestnine and #topnine hashtags are always popular at the end of one year and the start of the next so be warned, the site gets busy in December and January. Results may take longer to arrive in your inbox.
Create Your Own Top Nine with BeFunky
You can create your own grid of photos and include your personal favourites. It’s a great way to showcase cat photographs on a theme, using a tone like sepia, or spotlighting one particular cat you love.
Your own photo editing app may even help you create your own best nine display, so check it out. I will focus on one, simple to use option here – Be Funky for smartphones. I recommend it as it’s easy to use and makes a great collage.
I’ve included two sample grids in this post. The top image shows a photo grid with a plain background and the grid below shows a polka dot background. There are also plain colours you can use as backgrounds depending on your own preference or the effect you need.
Hashtag Tips for Best Nine
There are only two relevant hashtags depending on your app. #bestnine and #bestnine2023 or #topnine #topnine2023 and so add in a small handful of other relevant hashtags that relate closely to your theme. I would use #catphotography you might use something that resonates with your own niche.
Instagram seems to be refining its search function and wants to focus on your specific interests e.g. cats, photography, adventuring with cats etc. and maybe moving away from the 25+ hashtags per post idea to a slimmed-down number of maybe 4-7. So many people use Instagram their algorithm is struggling so changes are coming.
Instagram Hashtag Update: Thanks to Annette of Where Pets Are Found I have some more information on the hashtag developments at Instagram.
- Keywords in captions are more important than # tags. I heard it from this presenter at Social Media Examiner a couple of months ago, and in this video from last month (Nov’21) at about the 7min mark she reiterates that fewer is better: https://youtu.be/-cM_UbBJ_cs