A great way to learn about a person or a business is by checking their Instagram account. In this post, I’ll show the best tools and search methods for the perfect Instagram OSINT search.
If you want to search for a person or a business, the best way to find the real person and not a fake/fan page is by using Google dorks. Just search – site:Instagram.com “example” (replace “example” with the name of the person or business). The reason we need to do this is that when you search with Google dorks the top result will most likely be most relevant, which isn’t guaranteed when using the Instagram search bar.
The Instagram search bar is great for looking up hashtags but if you want to look up words in a sentence or bio it’s not so helpful, in this case, we will again use a Google dork – Inurl:instagram.com/p/ “keyword” (replace “keyword” with any keyword you like).
If you want to search Instagram for any profile or tag without logging in use: https://www.picuki.com/ – browse trending or search for a user.
A cool way to search users’ profiles is by searching keywords in bios by using: https://www.searchmy.bio/. This site Finds users that list their location, interests, occupation, and more in their profile biography. You can filter the search to your specifications.
Hashtags are a major part of Instagram, so learning how to search with them is very important. These sites will help you find top hashtags or posts with your hashtags in them.
- https://www.hashatit.com/ – for searching a topic by using hashtags.
- https://keywordtool.io/instagram – for finding top hashtags. The free version only shows the top of the list.
- https://www.yooying.com/ – Instantly search Instagram profiles and hashtags. Search a name or hashtag and receive all the relevant profiles.
- https://ingramer.com/tools/instagram-hashtag-generator/ – Ingramer is an advanced tool for searching or generating hashtags.