Instagram is one of the largest social media platforms worldwide, with more than two billion monthly active users. It’s second only to Facebook, which has more than three billion monthly active users. Instagram was launched in 2010, and it was on its path to success even then. Millennials were hooked on Instagram at that time, but it’s nothing compared to the way Gen Z can’t get off the Instagram mobile app.
Granted, more than a few changes had to be made to ensure the platform’s safe for 13-year-old users. However, Instagram kept its striking originality alive through it all, which isn’t an easy feat to accomplish. Snapchat, for example, changed its principle concept of snaps by adding a way to save snaps due to consumer demands.
What makes Instagram so different from the other social media platforms? Why is it the only platform that can compete with Facebook today?
Well, one of the biggest reasons is its sheer vastness. Over the year, Instagram has amassed many users, including celebrities, influencers, content creators, and brands. Besides that, major colleges, including Ivy Leagues, also have Instagram accounts for information and announcements.
Cities like Los Angeles, London, New York, Chicago, Dubai, and Las Vegas also have Instagram accounts that feature upcoming festivals, events, and tourist spots.
Due to this, Instagram has become a pop culture news hub, and it isn’t easy to let go of such an important news source, is it?
Secondly, you can find anyone and everyone on Instagram. That includes your neighbor, your gym instructor, and your preschool classmate. It’s the go-to step to find out information about someone you just met.
Even if someone wants to leave the platform, at this point, they’re probably too dependent on it to just up and leave. Those users settle for uninstalling the app and using it once in a blue moon.
Thirdly, Instagram’s constant urge to improve and upgrade the platform is what makes users appreciate it. There’s always a new update around the corner that might bring something exciting, like reels or DM notes that might become your favorite feature on the platform.
In today’s blog, we’ll discuss why the same person appears at the top of your viewers’ list on your Instagram story.
Why is Always the Same Person on Top Viewers on My Instagram Story?
The stories feature is one of the most liked features on the platform, even though it wasn’t exactly welcomed by the users initially. As with several other updates and features, the users slowly came around to using the feature and realized that it wasn’t that bad!
The feature got even better when Instagram introduced the highlights, where you could save the stories that you happen to love more than the others. These highlights would then become a permanent part of your Instagram profile for new users. Isn’t that so convenient?
Now, if you’ve been an Instagram user for some time, you must know there’s a way to check who viewed your story on the platform. While it doesn’t tell you the exact time someone saw your story as WhatsApp does, it arranges the users in order of viewing.
However, it looks like Instagram has also added a bit of a twist to this feature. According to several user observations, Instagram firstly arranges the viewers’ list in reverse chronological order, with the first viewer at the bottom.
After the story gets around 50 views, Instagram switches things up. Instead of adding the most recent viewers to the top, they start pushing the viewers you most interact with.
You might wonder why this confusing and seemingly unnecessary change was made; let us explain.
Most users who check their viewers list only look at the top few profiles before closing the list. To ensure that every user sees the most interactive and relevant profiles they’re interested in, Instagram pulls out those profiles and sticks them to the top.
The basis of this interaction-observation is dependent on many factors. For example, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp are all run by the Meta Group of Companies. There’s an option to link your Facebook profile to your Instagram profile and vice versa, which most users opt for. So, even if you don’t interact with someone on Instagram but regularly comment on their Facebook posts, there’s a good chance they’ll be at the top of the viewers’ list.
Similarly, if you’ve both added your phone numbers to your Instagram profiles and interact on WhatsApp, it might be why they’re at the top of your viewers’ list.
Other factors include profile visits and post likes/comments.
This feature aims to save us time by showing us who the algorithm thinks is the person we’re looking for. Even though it might not always be entirely accurate, it’s a good initiative and works for most users.
So, if someone is at the top of your all Instagram story viewers’ lists, you either interact with them a lot or they visit your profile multiple times.
In the end
As we end this blog, let us recap all that we’ve talked about today.
Instagram keeps switching up its features to keep the platform interesting and more and more helpful to the users.
If the same person is showing up at the top of your story viewers’ list, there’s a good chance you interact a lot on the platform. However, if that doesn’t seem to be the case, they visit your profile way more than necessary.
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