Instagram is adding one of Facebook’s most popular features — photo tagging — to its iOS and Android apps Thursday. You can now tag people in photos, and browse feeds of photos you and others appear in.
Previously, the only way to find out whether a photo of you was uploaded to Instagram was to crawl through your activity feed, hoping someone had mentioned your username in a caption (i.e., @laureni). Likewise, there’s been no easy way to share a photo someone uploaded of you to your own followers; oftentimes, I see friends share screenshots of another user’s photo that they appear in, captioned with the hashtag #regram.
Unfortunately, @mentions will not be automatically converted into photo tags, a spokesperson for Instagram confirmed. If you want to add tags to your old photos, you’ll have to do it manually, one by one.
Now, when someone tags you in a photo, you’ll receive a notification and the photo will be added to a new “Photos of You” section — again, just like Facebook. You can adjust your settings so photos don’t appear in that section until you approve them. “Photos of You” will go public on profiles on May 16.
You can check out the feature in action in the video from Instagram above. To get access, upgrade to version 3.5 of Instagram in Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.
Screenshot courtesy of Instagram