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Instagram is making it easier to connect with people with its new Nametag feature

This is actually pretty convenient.

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Instagram’s offering a new way for people in real life to connect on the photo-sharing app. With Nametag, your username shows up on your phone in such a way that it can be scanned by someone you meet person-to-person. To make the process more personal, the tag features different designs, colors, and stickers.

If Nametag sounds familiar, it should. Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat are also using this type of functionality so users can find different accounts. Spotify, meanwhile, offers a similar function to scan music tracks.

How to start using Nametag

Nametag is available on iOS and Android. To use the feature, go into your Instagram profile and then hit the menu button at the top right. Select “Nametag” to display your code.

In reverse, you can scan someone else’s code by swiping right into the camera. Next, focus on the tag by holding down on the screen.

If you can’t find the Nametag feature on Instagram, give it some time. The feature is currently rolling out to users worldwide.

More collegiate services coming to Instagram

Instagram has also introduced a new bio-field at select U.S.-based universities. If you choose to join, you can add a line to your profile that indicates details such as your university, class year, major, sports, team,  and more.

Those who have added the same university can go to a directory that lists everyone else, sorted by the year of graduation. From here, you can follow and message others. Messages from people you don’t already follow will go to your pending inbox where you can choose to accept or decline.

Do you plan on using the new Nametag tool? How about the bio-field? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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