You might have missed a small, yet highly requested feature that Instagram quietly released on an update earlier this week — a “follows you” feature.
Twitter has had this feature for a long time. You know, the ability to see if someone is following you just by looking at their profile. But up until now, you wouldn’t be able to see if someone was following you on Instagram unless you wanted to scroll through the hundreds or thousands of usernames under a person’s “following” tab until you found your account listed (or didn’t). No shame if you have done that, though. Everyone is guilty to some level of a social media stalking crime.
Now, Instagram is saving you some time. If you click on someone’s profile, you’ll find a designated spot directly under their bio where the “follows you” feature will appear, if that account is actually following you that is. It appears only Android users currently have access to this feature but iPhone users will likely only have to wait until Instagram’s next iOS update.
As word got around about Instagram’s low key update, users were anything but quiet about it on Twitter:
SINCE WHEN IS THERE A 'FOLLOWS YOU' ON INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS OMG
— lena | 24🦋 (@perfectlyafi) September 18, 2017
— Sarah Nicole (@ThisIsArum) September 19, 2017
I JUST NOTICED THAT INSTAGRAM ALREADY HAS THE "FOLLOWS YOU" THING WE'VE BEEN ASKING FOR. 😱
— A I C A (@pizzadanica) September 19, 2017
Instagram shows when someone follows you and I've been waiting on this for YEARS
— raegan (@raaeganD) September 17, 2017
So Instagram now has a "follows you" feature! Am I the last one to know this? 😬
— XeLLiHC (@michilian04) September 18, 2017
Instagram finally has a "follows you" feature. Progress Instagram progress. Now fix the chronological order of pictures then we good
— Drogon 🐲 (@MQaasiem7) September 18, 2017