Now you can quickly add friends on Instagram by scanning their nametags. You can also customize your own nametag with emojis, colors and selfies. pic.twitter.com/fq4HFNiDMy
— Instagram (@instagram) October 4, 2018
Instagram is introducing a new feature similar to that of other social networking apps called Nametag that works by showing your username on your phone in a format that allows it to be scanned by someone who would like to follow you.
A similar mechanic has already been used by other services like Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter for a number of years, but those worked with QR whereas Instagram only makes use of a tag that is basically just your username.
The difference is that you can customise this Nametag with unique designs, colors, stickers or by turning yourself into an emoji.
Using the feature is easy enough. Just go to your profile, hit the Menu icon at the top right of the screen, tap “Nametag” to display your own code, and scan away.
The Nametag feature launched globally yesterday, October 5, and it’s available on both iOS and Android.
In addition to the Nametag feature, Instagram is also testing a new bio field at some US universities. They’re looking at letting you add your school, class year, and society memberships to your Instagram bio to make it easier to find and add classmates from a specific institution.