All The Ways People Know You're Stalking Them On Snapchat And Instagram

Guys, it's come to my attention that some people may still not know how Snapchat and Instagram work, despite the fact that there's plenty of user-friendly info out there.

How did this come to my attention? Allow me to explain.

The other day, a guy from my past whom I was pretty heavily involved with decided he wanted to screenshot one of my snaps. The thing is, he's been a Snapchat user for some time now, so I'd like to think he knows by now that you can actually see who screenshots your snaps (that is, unless you do some weird Jackie Chan kung fu-type shiz and navigate the standard rules of social media).

I'm not exactly sure why he screenshotted that particular snap. I mean, I didn't look particularly attractive in it or anything. Maybe his finger slipped and accidentally pressed the power button and circle at the same time? WHO KNOWS.

You guys, I will never know why he did it, and that's the scary part. All I know is, seeing that he screenshotted my snap freaked me out majorly. And I don't want you guys to make the same mistake he did and freak out YOUR ex.

So for your social media convenience — and so you don't get caught stalking all your exes —I've put together a handy little list of ways people know that you're stalking them on Snapchat and Instagram. Snap and Insta wisely, friends.

Instagram stories allow you to see how many people viewed your story...

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The new update lets you see the exact number of people that watched your story.

This is a huge difference from the regular rules of Instagram. When posting a picture, for example, you can't tell who's viewed it unless that person chooses to "like" it.

...And they allow you to see who viewed your story.

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This is what makes Instagram stories so similar to Snap stories. At the bottom of your story, you can click on the number of people who viewed it and scroll through the list of viewers to see who of your friends have viewed your story. (Only friends can view your Instagram stories; they aren't open to the public — even if your profile is public).

*Important note: You can hide stories from friends, a feature you don't have on Snapchat (Insta, you're sly AF).

Snapchat allows you to see who viewed your story, too...

On Snap, you can see both how many people viewed your story, as well as exactly who did. The only downside is you can't tell if the person actually watched your snap from start to finish or if they just scrolled quickly over it and watched for a few seconds.

You also can't tell how many times a person has viewed a snap (but hey, who knows? Maybe Snapchat will make that a new update eventually. Then we'd all be screwed).

Honestly, I think this is one of the reasons we love Snapchat so much. We can sit back in supreme satisfaction knowing that person who hated us from high school watched our story.

AND, if someone screenshots your snap, you get notified.

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OK, here's the big kahuna. DO NOT SCREENSHOT ON SNAPCHAT UNLESS: you are a friend or family member of the person whose snap you screenshotted and you don't mind they know you screenshotted it, or you are a fan of a public figure — like Kim Kardashian, for example — and are going to be one of thousands of people screenshotting a snap.

If you are an ex, have a crush on this person whose story you're watching or just started dating them, please don't screenshot. You are going to look like a major stalker and quite possibly ruin the chances you have with the person you're courting.

However, if your phone is in airplane mode, you can screenshot without the person finding out. So if you really must screenshot because it's THAT important to your well-being, use this as a last resort.

So if you really want to get away with screenshotting, do it on Instagram.

Guess what, stalkers of the world? You can screenshot someone's Instagram story without them finding out.

The rules are the same as they are on Snapchat. Just press the power button and the circle on your phone simultaneously and a still of the Insta story will save to your camera roll, where you can refer back to it whenever you please. So you're in the clear! Screenshot away (again, ONLY on Instagram)!

Happy snapping.