Instagram is a great way to connect with friends, family, and followers. The photo-sharing platform has also become a powerful tool for marketing and networking. With over one billion monthly users, Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms.
But what happens when you stalk someone’s Instagram account? Specifically, does Instagram take notice of your stalking and suggest that person to you more often? Let’s find out.
What Happens When You Stalk Someone on Instagram?
Fig. 1. Stalking on Instagram
We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through your Instagram app then you see a picture of someone you haven’t seen in a while. You click on their profile to check out their recent posts, and before you know it, you’ve spent the last 20 minutes looking at pictures of their vacation to Bali.
First things first, let’s define what we mean by “stalking.” For the purpose of this blog post, we’ll consider stalking to be any action you take on Instagram with the intention of viewing someone’s content who isn’t already on your list of followers. So, if you scroll through your Explore page and find a post from someone you don’t follow, and then view their profile and start scrolling through their feed, that counts as stalking.
But does Instagram take notice of this behavior and adjust its algorithm accordingly? The answer is yes…and no. Yes, Instagram tracks the amount of time you spend viewing someone’s content, and no, they don’t use that information to suggest content from that person to you more frequently.
So, if you’re an insta stalker, you’re safe from being found out. But at the same time, you won’t be able to see if someone’s stalking your profile.
How Does Instagram Know Who To Suggest?
Fig. 2. Suggestions are based on who you follow
Instagram tracks the amount of time you spend viewing someone’s content. However, the Instagram algorithm doesn’t use that information to suggest content from that person to you more and vice versa. Similarly, when you watch Instagram posts even from suggested friends, you won’t necessarily become part of their friend suggestion.
Instead, the IG algorithm uses the information to show you similar content on your Explore page and suggested posts. Going with this information, it’s safe to say that if you’re constantly stalking your ex-partner’s profile, you shouldn’t be surprised if your Explore page is full of posts from other blondes with an affinity for yoga pants.
Instagram suggests friends based on who you already follow, your Facebook friends, your contact list, and the places you check into with location services turned on. So, if you have many mutual friends, expect to get a lot of relevant friend suggestions from IG. In addition, if an account is consistently posting similar content as what you usually like or comment on, there’s a chance that Instagram will put that account on the list of suggested users.
The Gold Mine – How To Get On The Instagram Explore Page?
Fig. 3. Get on other user’s Explore page
The Explore page is one of the most important pages on IG because it allows people to discover new content from Instagram accounts that may be unknown or they don’t follow. The algorithm will choose what posts and videos are best suited for your tastes, so this platform can also change depending upon how you explore different interests.
It’s pretty difficult to get into the coveted Explore page since everyone is competing for a spot. Still, all hope is not lost! There are a few things you can do to increase the chances that your content will appear on someone else’s Explore page or as a suggested post. Here are some things that you can do to appear more in suggestions:
1. Step back and analyze
It’s easy to get lost in the weeds when creating new content. But before you start writing that post or submitting those photos, take a step back and do some research.
If you’re targeting the Explore page, ask yourself:
- What types of posts are featured on my Explore page?
- What does my search history contain?
- How did I find these stories on my feed?
- Which same hashtags do they use for the title/caption?
It’s best to experience what it feels like to be the audience of others. Only then will you have a better sense of how things work. Once you know more about your audience than just “they like liking things,” then you can create something truly engaging that will land on the Explore page.
2. Use hashtags
Whenever you use a hashtag in a post, the Explore page algorithm pays attention to which hashtags are being used most frequently with certain types of content. If it sees that a lot of people who use #coffeeshop are also using #fashionista then it might start showing content from coffee shops on the Explore page for people who use #fashionista!
We know that using hashtags is important but it’s also important not to go overboard with them because doing so looks spammy and desperate. Try sticking to 1-3 popular relevant hashtags per photo or alternatively using hashtag groups (you can save sets of up to 30 hashtags and quickly copy/paste them into your captions with just a few taps!).
3. Geotag your photos and videos
Just like with hashtags, our algorithms take geotagging into account when populating the Explore page. If we see that a lot of people who visit New York also visit Los Angeles, then we might start surface content from Los Angeles for people who visit New York! And just like that, by using hashtags and geotagging your content accordingly, you have a much higher chance of appearing on someone’s Explore page which could potentially lead to more followers!
4. Post high-quality and original content consistently
This seems like a given but it definitely bears repeating. If your content is good, people will want to see more of it which could potentially lead to your photo being featured on the Explore page! By original content, we mean content that is true to your brand identity and voice – content that only YOU can create!
5. Time your posts
The idea behind this tip is that posting during “peak hours” (aka when most people are online) will give your photo a better chance of being seen. This could lead to more IG engagement, including likes and comments, which eventually could lead to your photo making its way onto the Explore page.
But don’t just post anything! Remember that quality trumps quantity every single time, so while timing is important, don’t sacrifice the quality of your content just for the sake of post timing.
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If you’re constantly stalking someone on Instagram, don’t be surprised if your Explore page is full of posts from other blondes with an affinity for yoga pants. There are a few things you can do to increase the chances that your content will appear on someone else’s Explore page or as a suggested post: make sure your account is set to public; use hashtags; post high-quality content regularly.
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