Not only does Instagram provide a visually driven collage of your life, it also offers a subtle way of expressing interest through likes and comments, and connecting in the form of a private chat.
Of those, 300 million use Instagram Stories every day, according to a spokesperson for the company.
Some of them use Instagram for their businesses; some for sharing photos of their kids; and some for distributing memes about hungover mornings and overeating.
Their experiments yielded mixed results, and Instagram will likely keep the algorithm under lock and key until the end of time.
So, if you want to gauge interest anytime soon, we recommend a tried-and-true thermometer: the thirst trap.“A thirst trap can be as simple as a selfie,” said Andrew Keller, 25, a creative strategist at Paper magazine.
“I’ve had guys straight up refuse to believe that I’m me,” said Kris Kidd, 24, a writer and model in Los Angeles with more than 24,000 followers on Instagram.
When men meet him IRL, they are surprised to find that his real-life personality is not as exaggerated as his Instagram persona.Fisher agreed: “Once they’re in your DMs and they’re commenting on things, that’s when they’re trying to make a move.” As in real life, reciprocation is important.“You, of course, have to wait a little bit to see if they like your photos back,” Mr. “It’s the same as if you’re looking at someone at the club and they’re not looking back.”Another factor to keep in mind in the era of Insta-fame is how many followers your romantic interest has.In a thread on Reddit, users have documented experiments in which they altered various factors like how often they looked at a friend’s profile, or how often they liked photos on a profile, to see which ones had an effect on the order and which ones did not.The goal for many was to figure out that all-consuming question: Does my crush like me as much as I like them?And then there are those who use Instagram as a supplemental match-making tool.