So do they work? Unfortunately for the detectives amongst us, it would appear not.
A recent report from Reader’s Digest found that there is no way to know who viewed your profile.
“Anything advertising a feature that shows who viewed your profile would not be a legitimate service and should be avoided as it is likely just an app that is there to collect data for those who use it,” Alex Heid, Chief Research and Development Officer at SecurityScorecard told Reader’s Digest.
A more reliable way of gauging who is looking at your Instagram is to post stories and see who interacts.
Once you post a story, you’ll see a list of everyone who has viewed it for 24 hours.
Despite rumours that the list of viewers on your story is ordered by who interacts with you the most, it’s actually the opposite, Instagram Home product lead Julian Gutman told The Verge.
Although you might not be able to see who has viewed your Instagram, there are legitimate apps that can tell you who has followed and unfollowed you. This information is already public but would be a time-consuming task to undertake manually.
A business account allows you to have access to more analytics, such as the number of accounts that engaged with your content, but you won’t see a list of usernames.
This isn’t the first time Instagram has been in the headlines this week.