Privacy is a relative term in the age of social media where oversharing is the norm. But, digital creepers (myself included) still expect a certain level of anonymity when screenshotting photos of crushes or other things we like. But, people can see when you screenshot their Instagram posts — at least, depending on the type of post. So does this mean the Wentworth cast can see the eleventy million screenshots I've taken of the their personal photos? Not exactly.
With the host of new features Instagram has released over the past year, including stories, gallery photos, live videos, and hashtag stickers, it can be hard to keep up. You might already know that Snapchat sends a notification to users when someone else takes a screenshot of their snap. In recent months there has been a flurry of rumors, and outright panic, that Instagram is doing the same thing.
The level of freak out proves that many people don't want their secret social media screenshot behavior made public. So, what do you need to worry about? The good news is that Instagram does not send users a notification if you screenshot their posts, whether they are gallery photos, single photos, stories, or videos. Phew.
Instagram has been sending notifications to people when you screenshot their pictures... pic.twitter.com/98Ne7BoHWG— Emma Tribble (@EmmaTribble) November 25, 2016
However, if you screenshot a disappearing photo or video sent via direct message the user who sent you the DM will get notified.
The good news here is that you likely are friends with anyone who is sending you a DM so they won't think you're weird for taking a screenshot, but they will however get notified. In general, if you are planning to repost a screenshot it's best to use a reposting app instead so you can credit the owner of the image.
You can relax in the knowledge that all of your truly secret screenshotting habits are still private; just be mindful of getting too screenshot happy with disappearing photos or videos in your DMs if you don't know the person sending you the DM.
After all, the internet is still a bit like the wild west, and things can change so quickly it can be hard to stay on top of all of the new features in the virtual world. But, for now, I'm glad my crushes on Wentworth aren't getting notified about my excessive screenshotting, unless of course they're reading this article.