Instagram is one of the most populous and trendy platforms around the world today. Around two billion users worldwide use it daily to connect with friends, family, target audience, and potential business prospects. From entertainment to networking and livelihoods, Instagram provides it all for those who work hard enough for it. However, it wasn’t always like this. Although Instagram has been a success since its launch, the level of interaction and quality content we see today wasn’t always there.
These are all recent developments; most of them appeared after the pandemic. What made people turn to Instagram rather than other platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, or YouTube? Why did Instagram come out on top post the pandemic? While there are many direct and indirect reasons for this turn of events, let’s discuss some of the obvious ones.
Instagram was always quick to switch things up and provide the newest features. For example, the stories, highlights, reels, and explore sections were all quite well-received by the platform.
This doesn’t mean it can do no wrong; there have been updates that were criticized and mocked as well. It was all about the risks the platform was willing to take to provide a quality experience to its users.
The always creative nature of the platform encouraged content creators to try their hand at it. Even if they didn’t succeed at first, there’ll always be something new they could do, right?
The Explore section provides a customized content experience for all users. For example, if you liked science facts, that would show up in your Explore section. On the other hand, your best friend might be seeing Taylor Swift trivia instead if that’s what they like.
Teenagers and people who had a lot of time during the pandemic resorted to excessive media consumption on Instagram, where they saw what they wanted to see.
Now, you’ve got the content and the audience. All that was left was a progressive mindset and a strong business plan, and almost everyone could become an influencer or a creator.
Instagram became a hub for social media monetizers, and the platform utilized this gathering to a large extent. Creators worldwide organized meetings for future planning and exclusive collaborated content. In a nutshell, creators are the new celebrities since Gen Z is the new audience.
Instagram already has all that it needs, and there’s no platform that comes close to competing with its aesthetic properties and trustworthiness.
In today’s blog, we’ll discuss how you can find out who followed you first on Instagram. Stick with us until the end to learn all about it.
How to Know Who Followed First on Instagram
Instagram has been around for a long time, and new users generally follow the people they’re already familiar with first. The friends and family are the first people to be followed by a new user on Instagram, after which we follow any celebrities, influencers, or meme pages.
If you want to learn when you follow someone on Instagram, we’re sorry to say that there’s no feature that lets you do that. It doesn’t make sense for such a feature to exist, as there’s no demand for it. Had there been a group of users who requested it with a viable reason, Instagram definitely would’ve done something for it.
However, what you can do is sort your following list according to who you followed, the earliest or latest.
While this won’t tell you when you started following a user, it can definitely show you a rough timeline. If they appear near the top of the list, you’ve been following them soon after you created your account.
We know it’s not the most accurate method, but educated guesses can go a long way.
Here’s how to sort your following list by Date followed: earliest
Step 1: Launch Instagram on your smartphone and log in to your account.
Step 2: The first screen you’ll land on is the Home page. At the bottom of that page, you’ll notice five icons. Tap on the icon located at the bottom right corner, which is a thumbnail of your profile picture.
Step 3: That’ll bring you over to Your Profile. At the top, you’ll see the number of people you follow and the number of people who follow you. Tap on the former number.
Step 4: Now, you’ve reached your following list. Below the categories, you’ll see the words Sort by Default. Tap on it, and a pop-up menu will appear. You’ll see three options: Default, Date followed: Latest, and Date followed: Earliest.
Step 5: Tap on whichever option is convenient for you, and you’re good to go. We hope you find what you were looking for.
Ask them about it
Another easy solution is to ask the user if they remember when you followed them. We know it sounds a bit far-fetched, but if they’re a friend, then there’s a good chance they followed you back immediately. So, you both followed each other at approximately the same time, right?
In the end
As we end this blog, let us recap all we’ve discussed today.
Instagram is a large social platform with billions of users. Almost all users follow an average of 200 people. It’s quite common to forget when you started following a particular account.
We’re sorry to say that there is no option on Instagram to tell you the precise day you started following someone on the platform. That said, you can still make an educated guess by sorting your following list by Date followed: Earliest. The process is quite simple and won’t take more than a few minutes; follow our step-by-step guide to avoid any confusion.
If this solution doesn’t narrow it down for you, we suggest asking them directly about it. There’s a big chance that they followed you back (if they’re a friend), and they might remember when that happened.
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