Instagram’s ‘Nametag’ is a new way to follow those you have previously met offline

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/4/17935942/instagram-nametag-qr-code-scan-follow-account

Instagram has launched a new feature that will help you to quickly follow people you have previously met in real life. The feature is called Nametag, and it works by showing your username on your phone in a format that allows it to be scanned by your soon-to-be follower. You can customize the tag with stickers, designs and colors as much as you want.

The feature has already been added to the menu—and you can access it by simply going to your profile. Hit the menu button on the top right corner, select ‘Nametag’ to display a peculiar code. The Verge reports that you can scan another’s user’s code just by swiping right into the “camera, camera, focusing on the tag, and holding down on the screen.”

Nametag is already available on both the iOS and Android versions of the Instagram app, and you can visit any of the stores to update your version in order to access the feature.

In other Instagram news, the Facebook subsidiary has added a browser notification feature. What that means is that Instagram users who usually log in to the platform via Google Chrome can now turn on notifications, and get notified when they get new followers, likes, and comments. The same applies to the light version of the app, Instagram Lite, which of course, is still being tested by the Facebook-owned company.

This update still does not take the Lite version of the app and the web app to the level of the main Instagram app. However, you can still view your timeline, upload pictures, post new Stories, and search among other things that you do.

Just so you know, Instagram is currently testing a slimdown version of its app—Instagram Lite. The app is still being tested in Mexico, and could become available to everyone before the end of the year per TechCrunch.

Instagram is also making plans to restrict your stories and posts to selected countries. It means you can choose not to make your posts and stories universally accessible to everyone around the world.

This much was revealed by respectable app researcher Jane Manchun Wong who posted this on her Twitter page. Wong tweeted that while creating your posts, you will be able to choose specific countries where you want them to show. Similar feature it seems, will also be available for Stories.

For brands, this is probably a huge addition as it will enable them to limit the content to specific countries. If you own a brand, there is probably no reason to encroach into regions where you may have rights issue. It will also interest many brands out there that they can also now create location-centered content.

Facebook, Instagram’s parent company offers similar features to users—users are able to post content based on countries. Twitter also offers similar features where users can post to specific country.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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