Instagram has become the most popular social network of the moment. In recent years, it has experienced tremendous growth, allowing millions of people to have an account on it. You can have an account in the same way that at any given time, you may be looking for someone you know or a brand that has a profile.
When looking for someone on Instagram we have to consider several aspects. As it does not work in the same way as other social networks. So it is good to know what we should do or what we should consider doing in the popular social network.
Research on Instagram
Unlike other social networks, on Instagram it is common for a person to open a profile without using their real name. Instead, an alias is used, especially in the so-called username. There are two details we need to know about the application, both when creating the profile and when searching for a person.
On Instagram, we can search for a person using their username, which is the name of the profile, to say the least. If you enter the browser in the social network, that is the name that appears in the URL. But this username does not always match the person’s real name. As a result, when searching, we may not always find the desired result in the query. If we know the username, the search will not be complex and will not take much time. But if we only know his real name and he doesn’t use this name in the social network, it is something more complex.
A username always gives us a result that will have a certain profile on Instagram, so that we know if it’s that person or not. A real name is a little more complicated, because there can be a lot more people with that name, unless you have a very original first name or last name, which clearly narrows it down.
How to search for people
This is something we can do in all versions of Instagram whether we use the computer version or the smartphone version. When we enter our account, we can see that at the top we find a search box, with a magnifying glass icon. This is where we are going to enter the name we want to search on the social network. So we click on it and start typing.
We can put the name or username according to the data we have about that person on Instagram. As we write, we can see that a list appears below, which usually gets smaller as we enter more letters of the name. Next to each profile we have a small photo. So we may be able to recognize that person in that photo, so we’ve already found him or her. However, if the profile does not have a photo, we may not know if this is the person we are looking for.
The social network allows us to enter this profile at any time. The problem is that if we look at the profile, because we want to know whether or not it’s that person, but then it wasn’t, when we come back, we have to start searching again. That’s one of the great disadvantages of the social network in this regard. For example, if that person doesn’t have a profile picture and a very common name, it may take a while before we finish searching for that profile.
Search for an Instagram account on Google
If it is the Instagram account of a known individual, company or brand, we may also use Google. Simply enter the name of that brand in the browser and add Instagram at the end to get the URL that leads to that profile on the social network. From there, we can log into the account in the browser and go directly to that account.
Google search can also be tried with a person. Although this system is usually not the most effective in these cases. But if you’re looking for an account with a lot of followers, such as profiles of celebrities or influencers, or those of brands, it can work very well and is really simple. Especially if we usually use the Instagram browser version. Since we can track these accounts directly on the computer.
Name on Facebook
This is a detail we can take into account, as many users have their Facebook accounts linked to Instagram accounts. So we can search for them using their Facebook name, or the username they have on Facebook. It will usually be the same in both cases, so we can find that person in seconds and find the person we want.