Have you ever wanted to know who’s following you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, or Google+? Maybe you want to know if someone in particular is following you (but remember if your account is public, anyone can see your posts whether they’re following you or not). Bloggers who host giveaways often want to verify whether a winner is following a particular account to ensure they’re eligible to win a prize. I always check, and along the way I’ve learned a few tricks to do this as efficiently as possible. Here are the easiest ways I’ve found to see if someone is following you on social media.
Yes, I know that there are dozens of social media sites and apps, but here I’m only going to look at the ones I actually use. Sorry tumblr, Periscope, Snapchat, Vine, et al!
Facebook changes its functionality all the time, but currently, the easiest way to check your followers on Facebook is through your page settings. Click on Settings at the top of the page.
In your Settings, click on People and Other Pages in the left sidebar.
This opens up a list of everyone who has liked your page, in chronological order. Here’s where you can search for a particular follower’s name. Be aware it can take a while, especially if you have a lot of followers.
Note that people who have set their security settings to keep their “likes” private will not show up in search results. So if someone’s name is not in the results that DOES NOT necessarily mean that they’re not followers.
You already know that you can see whether someone is following you by going to their Twitter account. You’ll see this info even on accounts where the tweets are protected.
But have you ever wanted to know if someone is following someone else? Doesfollow is a simple and free tool that does just that. You can easily see whether any account is following any other account. Just input the usernames (without the @ symbol) and press the question mark button. For bloggers, this is an easy way to verify if your contest winner is following the sponsor’s Twitter account.
If you have just a few dozen followers, it’s easy enough to click on your list of followers and scroll down. But what if you have a few hundred, or a few thousand?
Luckily, it’s easy to see if someone is following you. Log in to your Instagram account on mobile and go to the account you’re checking up on. Look for the wide button next to their photo. If it says Follow Back, then that account follows you (and you don’t follow them). If it says Message, then you follow each other.
Instagram recently introduced new functionality that makes it really simple to see if an account is following someone else too. Go to the account and click on Following to bring up their list of accounts they follow. Enter the handle in question in the search bar at the top. If you find the handle name on the list, then you know this account is following. Unfortunately, you can’t search private accounts unless you’re already a follower.
When it comes to Pinterest, I haven’t been able to figure out any way to see who follows me other than manually. Go to your Pinterest page and click on Followers to see them all in the order of which they started following you, most recent at the top. Scroll down and search for the follower’s user name using your browser’s search function (Ctrl+F for Windows or Command+F for Macs).
Unfortunately, this isn’t a realistic option for accounts with thousands and tens of thousands of followers. An alternate method is to look at the other person’s Following list and search for your name on their list. That’s the option I go with if the other person is following less than a few hundred pinners.
If anyone knows of an easier way to check followers on Pinterest, please let me know!
To see your followers on YouTube, click on your picture in the top right which will open a drop down box with the Creator Studio button in the middle. Click the button, then once on the Creator Studio page, click on the Community label in the menu on the left side of your page, then select Subscribers. Alternatively, if you’re already logged in to your YouTube account, you can go directly to https://www.youtube.com/subscribers where you’ll find your list of public subscribers. Again, as far as I know there is no way to go through your subscriptions other than manually. Use Ctrl+F to search for a particular follower’s name.
I freely admit that Google+ has always been kind of confusing to me. The best that I can figure out, your followers are the equivalent of people who have you in circles. To see this, select People in the drop down menu on the left hand side and select the Have you in circles link at the top of the People page, or go directly to https://plus.google.com/u/0/people/haveyou if you’re logged in. At this point you’re stuck scrolling down and using Ctrl+F to search, which isn’t a great option if you have thousands of followers.
The other problem with this method is that the number of people who have you in circles always seems to be a few off from the Followers number you see on your Profile page. I don’t know why that is and who’s missing, and after doing some research of my own, it doesn’t appear that anyone else knows either. If anyone has a better method, please let me know!
I hope these tips were helpful! If you have any tips or tricks of your own for checking social media followers, please share with us in the comments.