The Instagram platform is a social media photo-sharing platform where users can post photos about their lives, interests, and other more business-oriented content. In recent years, sharing other people’s posts has been one of the most popular aspects of Instagram.
It can be beneficial for influencers and businesses to see that their posts are reaching a larger audience. If you have a professional Instagram account, you can see who shared your posts.
When it comes to Instagram stories, it is more difficult. Can you tell if someone has shared your story, or even screenshotted it, and does it matter?
How to See If Someone Shared Your Posts
Instagram’s Stories feature was introduced fairly recently (circa 2016). Users can post short videos only to their followers, and these videos only last 24 hours. But then there’s a question: How can you find out who watched your Instagram story? Do you want to do that?
It’s easier to see who shared your post than who shared your story. Your first step should be to make sure that your Instagram account is a professional one so that you can check out your analytics.
In this way, you can track your account’s progress and make changes that will improve it. Once you have switched to a professional account by going to settings, then account, and clicking professional, you can see who shared your posts.
All you have to do is click on your post in your Instagram app on your smartphone. On the top-right corner, there are three buttons that will give you a drop-down menu.
When you see “view story reshares” as an option, it means someone shared your posts to their stories. By pressing this option, you’ll see the other user’s story and the date it was shared.
How to See If Someone Shared Your Story
It’s more difficult to figure out this one. You can share someone else’s story in three ways, but knowing who shared yours is challenging. If you have tagged them in your story, you can tell if your story has been shared. In other words, if they share the story on their account, you will be notified.
Other than that, you would have to check your followers to see who shared it. If you have a professional account, you will know that your posts have been shared, but not necessarily your stories.
It is possible for people to share your stories without you knowing it by taking a screenshot of them. Instagram used to notify you when someone did this in the old days. The feature was removed by the end of 2018 since users did not like it.
Instagram users didn’t mind their stories being screenshot since they weren’t sensitive or private like those on Snapchat. Since then, the feature has been kept in the dark void of other rejected upgrades.
Maybe it will return, or maybe it will just float in the void forever. However, it is not possible to see to whom or by whom a story was shared. However, you can see how many times your story was viewed. You can’t find out who shared it unless you dig around yourself.
But Why Would You Want Someone To Share Your Story?
Any social media platform is designed to create engagement with an audience. People interact with your posts, so if they share your story, then they obviously find it valuable or simply like it. Therefore, you should ensure that your stories are engaging.
In terms of branding, getting noticed, and getting people to click on your affiliate links to your store, this can help you make some money.
You would want your stories to stand out in such a way that when they are shared, their followers know it is you.
When it comes to social media, sharing is caring. You may not know who shared your story without some old-fashioned snooping, but just knowing that it was shared means you are making an impact.
It’s fun to create stories. You can use them to keep your followers updated with upcoming projects, post little teasers, or post something odd that would not necessarily fit into your feed, but you think is cool to share. A story cannot be used solely for marketing purposes.
Your followers can get a better look at the person behind the account by using these bios. The idea is to demonstrate that the account is run by a human and not a bot or a human that has turned into a “bot-like creature.” This can happen if you focus so much on advertising that you forget “to be human.”
People like humans, so show them that you are one by telling stories at random times. Please, if you can. Random bursts of oddity may not work well if you are running an account for a business since they can just confuse the audience.
This depends entirely on how you intend to use your account. Influencers and businesses have different goals. Therefore, they have to approach things differently. You would want to create content that can be shared or that others find valuable.
Therefore, maybe it is best not to know where your stories are headed, just as long as they are headed somewhere. In cases where you have done the former and the latter, it can be more difficult to get your story shared than your post liked. Make sure Your stories are eye-catching, entertaining, fun, and even educational. I wish you success in getting those shares.