What does Insta-lurking mean?

Snooping around someone’s Instagram photos

When you’re quietly scrolling through someone’s Instagram feed, digging deep into their past photos, you’re Insta-lurking. It’s a term that’s often used when someone is going through pictures that were posted weeks or even months ago.

This behavior can sometimes be seen as a bit creepy, as it’s somewhat similar to stalking someone in person. It’s like hiding in the shadows and watching someone’s every move, except you’re doing it online on Instagram.

The ‘lurker’, as they’re called, typically doesn’t like any of the photos they’re looking at. The reason for this is simple: they don’t want to alert the person they’re Insta-lurking on to their activities. Liking a photo would send a notification to the person, revealing the lurker’s presence.

Example for using ‘Insta-lurking’ in a conversation

Hey, have you seen Sarah’s new Instagram post?

Yeah, I saw it! Her feed is amazing! πŸ“Έ

I know, right? I couldn’t resist insta-lurking and checking out all her old pics too! πŸ˜…

Haha, I’ve done that too! It’s like a trip down memory lane. 🀣