If you’re looking to add someone on Instagram, you will have to type in their username to search for their profile before adding them. It’s not exactly the most efficient manner of adding users, but it’s not the worst. However it looks like Instagram could be “borrowing” another Snapchat feature in the form of “Nametags”.
This feature has been confirmed by the folks at TechCrunch in which Instagram confirmed to the publication that the feature is currently in testing. For those who are unfamiliar, Nametags appears to be a feature created in a similar vein to Snapchat’s QR code feature, where users can scan the QR code of a Snapchat user to add them to their friend’s list. Other apps such as LINE also have similar features, so this is not the first time we’re hearing about it.
In Instagram’s case, the premise is the same where users scan a Nametag to start following that user. This might come in handy for events where organizers can simply create a Nametag, print it out on a banner, poster, or merchandise, that users can just point their phones at in order to follow the event and stay updated about it.
However given that this is a test, there’s no word on when the feature might be made available for everyone, if at all. Either way we’ll keep our eyes peeled, but you can check out a demo of the Nametag feature in the video above.