Instagram May Soon Let You Tag Friends in Videos


In 2003 Instagram introduced the photo-tagging feature, but now the Facebook-owned social media platform is now believed to be testing the same functionality in video posts as well. According to TechCrunch, which says it has confirmed the information from the company, the video-tagging feature will work similarly to the one for photos, but with a significant difference.

Because of the inbuilt difficulty in accurately overlaying text on moving objects, Instagram is considering adding a button which will display the list of tagged accounts separately. It is not immediately clear, however, whether such videos will also appear on the profile of the tagged users like the way they do for photos.

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The Facebook-owned platform did not reveal much about the upcoming feature but said is it only being tested with a little percentage of users for now. There is no word on when the company plans on expanding the test to a broader user base, and indeed no information about when it expects to roll out the feature to all users.

It is worth noting here that the feature is only being tested on the mobile version of the platform for now, and is unavailable on the web client. There is no clarification on whether the company plans on introducing the feature on the website at some point, or if it will remain app-exclusive in the foreseeable future.

Instagram has been releasing a lot of new features in recent times to stay ahead of rivals such as Snapchat on the one hand and youtube on another with IGTV. Towards that end, it copied the former’s “Stories” feature a couple of years ago and rolled out IGTV recently in a bid to get a chunk of youtube’s massive market share.


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