How To Tell if Someone is Stalking you on Snapchat
By its very nature, social media is about sharing, about people knowing where you are and what you’re doing. If you use social media, you should expect to lose a good portion of your privacy and for people to be interested in what you’re up to. There is a difference between being interested and stalking though and that’s what today’s tutorial is about. How to tell if someone is stalking you on Snapchat.
In this context, stalking just refers to people looking at your posts and activity on Snapchat and not engaging with you. There is a much more serious version of stalking and we aren’t going anywhere near that one!
If suspect you have friends or contacts that look but don’t engage, this page will show you how you can tell who they are.
Is someone stalking you on Snapchat?
There are a couple of ways Snapchat lets you know what’s happening on your feed. It will tell you if someone read your Snapchat Story, if they took a screenshot and if they checked you out on Snap Maps.
Has someone read your Snapchat Story?
The Snapchat Story has been so successful that the other major social networks have blatantly copied it and used it on their own platforms. Snapchat was first off the mark and it is one of the reasons the network is so popular. Creating them is child’s play and reading them can be very interesting.
One other neat thing about Snapchat Stories is that you can see who has read it.
- Open Snapchat and select My Story.
- Swipe up from the bottom and you should see an icon of an eye with a number next to it. That’s how many people have viewed your Story. You will also see a list of the names of people who have viewed it.
You can do this for most posts on Snapchat. It will show you how many people and who has viewed it. Neat huh?
Did someone screenshot your Snapchat Story?
One key feature of Snapchat Stories is their impermanence. They last for 24 hours before disappearing. This adds an element of urgency to the social network and ‘encourages’ regular use. People can screenshot your posts if they want a permanent record but Snapchat will tell you if they do that.
- Open Snapchat and select My Story.
- Swipe up from the bottom to the list.
- Look for a green entry with a crossed arrow icon on the right.
That green colored entry with that strange crossed arrow icon means that person took a screenshot of your post. This isn’t foolproof though as you can easily work around that and take a screenshot without the app knowing. All the more reason to be very careful about what you post on Snapchat!
Did someone look for you on Snap Maps?
This is one area where Snapchat lets us down. It currently does not let you know if someone was looking for your location on Snap Maps. You can control whether you appear on the map or not so you have some control but you cannot tell if someone is trying to locate you.
If you’re opted in to Snap Maps, you can see and be seen but there is no tracking metric to see who has checked on you using this feature. The only way to know for sure is if someone makes a comment about a location where you were or mentioned it in real life.
Handling stalking on Snapchat
Unfortunately, having people check you out for one reason or another is the cost of using social media. It has been the same on Facebook forever and will be the same on Snapchat too. If you put yourself out there, you have little control over who sees you or checks out your posts.
Your only option is to tweak your privacy settings.
- Open Settings in Snapchat.
- Select Who Can Contact Me and set it to Friends.
- Select Who Can View My story and set it to Friends or Custom.
- Select Who Can See Me In Quick Add and toggle it to off.
- Set your Snapchat Memories to My Eyes Only.
- Select Snap Maps, then the cog icon for Settings. Select Ghost Mode to not appear on Snap Maps.
Those measures will go a long way to enhancing what little privacy you can have on social media. They won’t protect you from the dedicated stalker but they will stop you being studied from a afar by random people.
Know of any other ways you can tell if someone is stalking you on Snapchat? Tell us about it below if you do!