How To Tell If Someone Is Stalking You On Instagram
Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps in the world. It offers a great way to share your life with your friends, family, and followers through pictures and videos. As great as Instagram is, many users are concerned about their privacy when using the app.
Think someone is stalking you on Instagram? Think someone might have a secret crush on you and is following you online? Want to know if someone is taking a little too much interest in what you do on social media?
This tutorial will show you how to tell if someone is either watching but not engaging or just lurking on your Instagram.
Social media is exactly that, social. If you’re online, you’re in the public eye, and people taking an interest in you is the cost of doing business online. That said, there’s a difference between actively engaging with you, being curious and checking you out, and stalking.
By stalking, we don’t mean a scene from the Netflix Show, You; it’s more about someone who likes seeing what you’re up to without saying hi. Still, it’s understandable that you might want to know who’s browsing your profile and looking through your posts.
Unfortunately, your options get limited for finding out if someone is constantly viewing your Instagram profile. There isn’t much feedback from the social network about what’s going on, who viewed what, or when someone views your profile. Your only option is Instagram Stories which, like its Snapchat progenitor, tells you who viewed it.
Instagram Stories: The Only Way to Know Who’s Watching
Instagram Stories are essentially a copy of Snapchat Stories, and they work in almost the same way. You create a post, set it as a Story, and then it becomes public for 24 hours before it disappears.
You select someone’s profile in the app to see their stories, and they do the same to see yours. Just like Snapchat, Instagram Stories tell you who has viewed your Story.
You can swipe up from within one of your own Instagram Stories to see who has viewed it. The screen shows the username of each person that saw the Story at hand. While not confirmed, some believe that the order in which names appear indicates how often they have viewed it. Of course, Instagram has never confirmed this, but it’s an interesting theory.