Facebook has quickly become not just one of the biggest social media sites in the world but one of the biggest companies as whole. The social media giant allows for a lot of privacy shortcuts, with many users wondering if it’s possible to know whether someone has paid a visit to their account.
So, can you tell if someone has checked your Facebook profile? That’s what we’re going to discuss today.
Can I tell who viewed my Facebook profile recently? The Answer
This is something that people have been wanting for a while, with increasing amounts people asking whether they could tell who was browsing their profile. So, is it possible? No, I’m afraid it’s currently not possible to see who viewed your Facebook profile.
Why doesn’t Facebook allow this?
The main reason that Facebook doesn’t allow you to see who has viewed your profile is for privacy reasons. There has been pressure for them to allow users to see has been on their own private Facebook profile page, but they’ve continually refused in favour of giving users privacy of what they choose to scroll through.
It seems that many believe it’s probably got something to do with stress and anxiety, but it’s mainly privacy based – many users of Facebook are the younger audience, a simple miss click onto someone’s profile might have them worried that some stranger is looking at your profile and it can all become an invasion of privacy (Facebook know your personal details, but that’s an entirely other matter).
You can of course block people seeing your profile who aren’t your friends but Facebook decided that it’s best to just keep the feature away and not lead to any unnecessary frustration and/or confusion.
What can you do to tell who’s visiting your profile?
Without having a distinct section for people visiting your profile there are a few ways you can tell who’s checking out your stuff. This is primarily going to be seeing who is interacting with posts you’re making or any form of content you are putting out there.
If you make a post, then those who are either liking or commenting are going to be those are likely to be the ones visiting your profile the most. This is the extent at which we can tell. There has been talk of third party apps being able to tell you who has been on your profile, but none of them have been successful at tracking this successfully.
While limited it is intentional, primarily done because people generally feel a bit more comfortable when their browsing habits aren’t broadcast to the world.
What about Facebook business?
Facebook Business accounts do have a feature that can do this to some extent. The feature is called Insights, it’s used for businesses only and can track certain statistics about your audience and visitors to your page.
Insights is something that you can get too by going to your business page then selecting the insights tab, this will open the insights menu and provide you with a wide range of different statistics to be analysed.
The first place to check is going to be your demographics. Here we can see stats such a age, gender, education levels, even relationship status. Useful for many facets of marketing getting to know your customers is essential when it comes to ads you may be running.
This is true not only on Facebook but for almost all social media, as they can give advertisers a good indication as to who your primary audience is then you can manage all your marketing efforts to better speak to that average customer you found through the insights.
What social medias can you check profile views?
The other big social medias generally follow Facebook with this one, besides interactions with content it is very uncommon that you can see who has viewed your profile.
Take Instagram for example, maybe this is because Facebook owns Instagram, but they have the same philosophy. You can’t view who has seen your Instagram profile, you are limited to just seeing who is interacting with your posts via comments and like.
One social media that you can see profile views is Linkedin, this is primarily because it is more of a networking and business based social media so seeing potential employers on employees who are browsing your content is likely a benefit to the vast majority of users.
In conclusion, you cannot directly see who has viewed your profile in the form of a list of recent visits.
The only way you can tell who is interacting with your profile is via likes and comments on your posts. Facebook isn’t perfect – there are often issues with the platform, like not being able to add a friend on Facebook or content not being available. When it comes to privacy though, they’re pretty good at protecting your scrolling habits.
For businesses there is a little more functionality in the form of Facebook insights which are a way of tracking not specific users but the general characteristics of your visitors to aid with marketing primarily. So, there is a little more insight in a Facebook business account, but you still can’t directly see who has viewed a profile.