Instagram is adding photo-tagging technology to its square universe in an upgrade Thursday to app version 3.5 on iOS and Android. Users will now be able to "tag people in photos and browse feeds of photos you and others appear in," reports Mashable.
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...Likewise, there's been no easy way to share a photo someone uploaded of you...
Old photos will not automatically populate with new name tags; preexisting "@mentions" will need manual, individual attention, an Instagram spokesperson told Mashable.
Going forward, users will be notified when they're tagged in a photo. Those images will appear in a new Facebook-ish section called "Photos of You." Adjust settings and approvals accordingly.
The Instagram blog says:
When you upload a photo to Instagram, you’re now able to add people as easily as you add hashtags. Only you can add people to your photos, so you have control over the images you share. And it doesn’t stop at people—you can add any account on Instagram, whether it’s your best friend, favorite coffee shop or even that adorable dog you follow.
Direct from the Instagram help center is this step-by-step tutorial on how to add, or tag, people in photos:
How do I add people to my photo?
- To add people to your photo as you're sharing it:
- Tap Add People from the Share screen
- Tap on someone in the photo
- Start typing their name or username and select them from the dropdown menu
- If you don't see the person you're looking for, tap Search for "[name]"
- To add people to a photo you've already uploaded:
- Go to the photo
- Tap "..." underneath the photo
- Tap Add People
More help here.