Oops! ...I Accidentally Entered Your Instagram Live! | Social Media
We've all been there. You're scrolling through Instagram and you get the notification that one of the people you follow is live and then it happens... you accidentally click and bam! Next thing you know you're in their live chat.
Normally this isn't the worst thing, you click and you're more annoyed than anything - then you just leave. But I'm here to tell a tale that went a bit differently.
I was on Instagram last weekend, just scrolling about (like you do), I accidentally clicked and before I knew it, there I was; I was in a fashion blogger's live chat. Admittedly I follow a lot of people for various reasons, so it makes it only worse to say, I didn't even know who this blogger was.
So I'm there and it only took me a second to realize that I was in there alone. Yep, alone. All by myself. Just me and the fashion blogger. Usually you realize you're one of hundreds, or thousands, and can just peace out, but ohhhh noooo, not this time. And to make matters worse, she started with her, "Hey guys! So happy you could join me," spiel. So out of courtesy, I gave it a second or two and hoped someone else would come in... they didn't. Then there was just an awkward pause.
So there we were, me and a fashion blogger. Then she just started smiling and staring into the camera and that's when I bailed. But I felt so bad! I genuinely felt guilty for leaving, but what was I supposed to do? Just stay there? I got shit to do.
I decided to write this blog for a couple reasons; First, I was so surprised by how incredibly awkward and bad I felt about leaving this poor blogger's live chat. Second, I wanted to know if this has happened to anyone else and hear their experience.
And third, what is the proper etiquette here? In this day and age we have learned to master (or at least play by) the rules of social media apps. We know what someone sliding into your DMs means, how to cope when you get ghosted, and what the eggplant emoji means. But what is the proper live chat behavior? Maybe we should enact a new three-second rule? If you enter a live chat by mistake, you have three seconds to vacate without hurt feelings or awkwardness. Perhaps the old college rule applies here when the professor doesn't show up for 15 minutes you're allowed to leave without penalty.
On the contrary, have you ever gone live and no one was there? Or horror of horrors, only one person? (Hopefully her name wasn't Cassandra Craven).
Let me know if this has happened to you one way or the other or what the rules should be around this.