As you all probably know that Instagram is THE photo social media app where millions upon billions of people post their pictures, stories and make comments. What you may not have known is that more people like other people’s posts than post their own. Well, most likely they do, there are a lot of lurkers on Instagram.
However, to know what a person likes or where they commented is no longer an easy task as it once was. But, we may have the answer to your woes on how to find someone's comments on Instagram as well as their likes.
Why Was Instagram’s Following Activity Tab Removed?
Instagram started in 2010 and it took the photo-sharing social media world by storm. The developers Kevin Systrom, and Mike Krieger saw that there was a gap, and they took advantage of it. YouTube has videos, Facebook has everything but Instagram has photos. And comments.
However, there was a time at the beginning of Instagram’s life span where you could see other people’s comments and likes in a “following” section. It was found in the heart icon tab where it would split into two sections.
The first was called “following” and the second was called “you.” The latter was where you would see who commented and liked your posts on Instagram while the former was to “spy” on the people that you followed.
The “following” section was removed in 2019. It was replaced with the Instagram activity section where you can only see who interacted with your photos and videos, but not what other Instagram users were up to.
The spokesperson for the Instagram app said that the “following” feature was removed because it was not used as much. Plus, some users claimed to have felt uncomfortable when they saw some vulgar content. Therefore, you may have to jump through a few virtual hoops to see what other users are up on this particular social media app.
Why You Would Want To See Other Users’ Comments and Likes
The idea of seeing what other people comment and like on the platform may come across as stalker-like at first glance but it does not have to be. It can be a way of tracking Instagram conversations in terms of doing follow-ups.
Let’s say you are a small business owner or an influencer. The latter would want to interact with as many new followers and comments as they can to build their brand. The former may want to check in on questions, orders, and even shipping times. Therefore, following up on comments would be useful.
Plus, you can also learn what people want to see as well as what they interact with. In this way, you can tailor your posts to better suit the algorithm, gain more followers and increase interactions on your posts. The latter is necessary to grow your account if you are a small business owner or an influencer who is starting.
How to See Someone’s Likes and Comments Now
There are several ways that you can check out who likes what, and what comments they have made. The first way is to follow the accounts that the user you want to check up on is already following. When they like or comment on the posts their names and comment will pop up.
Or if you are a boyfriend/girlfriend who is suspicious of something then you can just enter the username of the account and see if your partner has interacted with it. But, you would have to know who to search for and if it is a public account. If it a private one and you are desperate you may want to consider creating a fake account.
There Are Apps
The above points can be time-consuming, and they fall more into the “stalker” catalog there are several apps that can help you check out who likes and says what. These types of apps can be great for businesses to keep up-to-date with the latest Instagram trends. The main ones are:
Picodash. It is easy to use and has a built-in search bar where you can type in usernames, hashtags, and keywords.
Hootsuite. This app allows for easy access from a desktop where you can reply, moderate, and even delete comments.
KidsGuard Pro Instagram activity tracker. This app can go more into depth when it comes to tracking. It can give you messages, app notifications, and posts. Plus, it can run in the background when you open Instagram on your smartphone.
But Should You Know What Others Are Liking And Saying?
While we have mentioned the benefits of checking up on what the trends are and what the audience is interested in there can be a downside to doing this. There is a reason that Instagram removed their “following” section- people were not interested in it.
While it can help from a business stand-point to see what is up, there is also a high chance that it can limit new and creative posts. Audiences often do not know what they want to interact with until it is presented to them. Therefore, if you follow the trends you may not stand out and gain a following.
You may get likes and comments but some people may not stay around since it looks as if you are not offering anything new. They have seen it before. If you are a small business that wants to sell you would have to figure out a way to make people want to buy your services or products.
Copying what others have done may not be the only way to go. However, it can be away to get your account out there to your potential audience. And then you can show the new, creative posts that you have up your digital sleeve. Social media is often that of trial and error, even if you want to check out a private account. So good luck and happy, fun, posting.