Finsta or Rinsta?

Written by Melanie Coretti and Maggie Guba |
Photos by Maggie Guba and Melanie Coretti |
Interviews by Melanie Coretti and Maggie Guba |

Instagram is a big social platform many students here at Morgan use. It’s a place for people to post their thoughts, their views, and the pictures they take that they want to share with their followers. Most students have their real Instagram (called a Rinsta), but some students have a second account (called a Finsta)as well.

So, why have a Finsta?

Finstas are a place where there are only a select number of followers. This account has more privacy and usually involves only close friends.  Finsta is a place for people to complain, rant, post what they find funny, or share photos they wouldn’t normally want on their regular Instagram.

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A popular “Finsta” account run by Angela Recine and Bea Atengco

Many students throughout Morgan have a Finsta.  Freshman Jenna Scanlon said, “I think Finstas are what people use for subtweeting and ranting, and I think that they can be a good thing but should be used for showing happy nice things.”

Another Freshman, Isabella Recine said, “At first I saw Finstas as useless and a way to rant about your problems that no one else cares about, but then after getting one, I realized that you can just post funny things.”

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Freshman Natalie Novarro scrolling though Instagram.

Freshman Taylor Wyatt said, “I think that Finstas can sometimes be hilarious, but sometimes people post too much and it becomes like a diary.”

Some students shared their thoughts on Finstas and Rinstas, but asked to remain anonymous.

One Morgan student said, “I post things that I wouldn’t post on my Rinsta or on Twitter. Mine is used as a funny thing, not like my feelings. I post screenshots of comments and conversations if someone is getting on my nerves. I use it as an exposing tactic.”

Another anonymous person said, “I have a Finsta because I like having only my really good friends know things. I want to make people laugh because I post things there that I wouldn’t put on my Rinsta because some pictures and videos are stupid. It’s just a way of sharing with my good friends.”

To read about people’s addictions to their phones read this article!

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