We all love a bit of stalking on Facebook; from checking out what your first love is up to these days to getting lost in a black hole and suddenly knowing where your boyfriend’s cousin’s colleague’s sister went to on her honeymoon back in 2013, there’s something just so addictive about getting your sleuth on.
And thanks to social media being (on the whole) anonymous, we’re free to creep on whoever the hell we want; and for as long as our nerve will hold (we’ve all been there when we’ve liked a stranger’s photo 139 weeks back).
However, things are about to get pretty awkward.
When Facebook introduced the Stories feature – the same feature recently launched on Instagram to rival Snapchat – we all mindlessly flicked through, noting it was another thing to keep us staring at our screens.
But if you know anything about Instagram Stories, then you’ll know you can see exactly who has watched your video/seen your image. Can you see where this is going? That’s right, people can now check out who has watched their Facebook Stories, and ultimately been creepin’ on them.
Don’t want your ex to see you’ve been watching his weekend updates? Don’t view his Story. Don’t want your distant cousin to know you love checking out their life, even if it is just to make you feel better about your own? Don’t watch their Story. Simple.
Whilst Stories are a fun new feature to Insta and Facebook respecively, we have to keep in mind that things aren’t always anonymous as they seem and with ever changing privacy rules on social media, it’s important we realise what we’re getting into before our stalking spree starts.
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