Definition: Clicked into

Clicked into phrasal verb

 

*(informal) to unexpectedly find someone on the internet

 

  • I clicked into your brother on a School of Life video on YouTube
  • I was researching Oxfam when I clicked into Greg on their website. I didn’t know he worked there.
  • My face is on the homepage of the Glastonbury website so people always click into me.

 

Clicking into is the equivalent of bumping into someone online. The internet user may find a non-animate virtual representation of someone in a YouTube video or a company website. The phrasal verb to bump/run into someone is no longer applicable because it is a virtual rather than physical act. Whereas the physical act requires two active individuals, to click into someone, requires an active internet user and a non-active virtual representation.