Girls’ Generation made their Instagram debut without any announcements or fanfare; in fact, most fans don’t even know about it yet!
This legendary SM Entertainment girl group quietly slipped onto Instagram last month. On June 12, they uploaded this picture with the cryptic caption “coming soon”. So far, it is their only post.
Since Instagram is filled with unofficial fan accounts, some fans are skeptical about this account’s legitimacy, especially because it has not received a verification badge.
It seems a lil sketchy idk. All the official SM group accounts follow the SMTOWN instagram page but this one doesnt….🧐🧐🧐
— Kyungsoo's Forehead (@ReveLuvLZen) July 13, 2018
@GirlsGeneration Do you have an Instagram account !!! SONE are confused ! Please Respond
— BUY#SOMETHINGNEW (@NouhaylaSone) July 13, 2018
Other fans have pointed out, however, that this account is listed as one of Girls’ Generation’s social media accounts on Taeyeon‘s Something New album.
This indicates that the account is indeed legit. It may, however, have originally been a fan page. According to netizens, SM Entertainment took over the preexisting account for its name.
Apparently @SMTOWNGLOBAL stole a SONE’s (tiffany_snsd) account on instagram for it’s username (girlsgeneration) to make it as @GirlsGeneration’s official IG and they didn’t even ask nor notify her about it! As you can see it had over 40k followers that she worked hard for. pic.twitter.com/EXTeewGplS
— 🌱 shiori (@805nsd) July 13, 2018
The Instagram handle, @girlsgeneration, matches Girls’ Generation’s Twitter account.
Now that word is spreading, Girls’ Generation’s Instagram has gained over 45,000 followers…
…in a very short time!
https://t.co/bIdp7rG0fv FOLLOW THE ACCOUNT ON IG IT SURPASSED 10.5K FOLLOWERS WITH 200 follows 4 hours ago
— Jazz (@SolelySeoulSNSD) July 13, 2018
Fans have no idea what this new account will post next, but they’re excited to find out!
OFFICIAL GIRLS' GENERATION INSTAGRAM! LET'S FOLLOW SONES! 💘https://t.co/ymcdQdfEYv
— snsd pics (@snsdspics) July 13, 2018
S1E1: the mystery behind girls’ generation’s instagram account
— blanc (@multifungirl) July 13, 2018
— Im Yoona is Art (@sillysone) July 13, 2018
SM IS MAKING AN OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM FOR @GirlsGeneration OMG WHAT IS THIS 😭🤩
— 엘리스 e̶l̶i̶s̶ ✨ (@miraclelis) July 13, 2018
Welcome to Instagram, SNSD!