An influencer on Instagram has discovered a hack to see who someone has recently followed on Instagram — could potentially bring an end to some relationships, or, at the very least, start a fight or two.
“Thank me later,” she captioned her viral Instagram Reel.
“Would you like to know an Instagram detective secret?” Slunjski began the video. “Open Instagram in Safari and there you can see who your boy recently started following.”
In October 2019, Instagram discontinued its Following Activity Tab. The feature allowed users to see which posts their followers were liking on the platform, as well as who they were adding and being followed by.
Instagram followers and following lists might seem like chaos, but there is an order to them. If you have less than 200 followers, the list is organized in alphabetical order by the name on their profile, not their username. Profiles without a name will be listed above the alphabetical list.
For those with more than 200 followers, the list is organized based on your interactions with them.
That’s for who’s following you. Meanwhile, the list of who you’re following is based on mutual interaction: Whose posts you like, who likes your posts, if you comment on each other’s posts, tag each other, DM each other, etc.
However, when you view a user’s following and follower list in Safari, the order is chronological. That means you can use the browser to see how someone’s recently followed — and who’s recently followed them.
Slunjski’s suggestion? Try the trick on your boyfriend.
“So if he says it was a boys’ night out, why are you following five new girls?” Slunjski said in her clip. “Why!?”
“I think I just hurt myself looking it up,” one user commented.
“Great, now I’m angry [at] my bf and I can’t tell him why,” another joked.
“This is so my secret,” another wrote. “This is [how] I caught my ex.”
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