True photo tagging arrives on Instagram as 'Photos of You'

By on May 2, 2013, 6:00 PM

A new feature on Instagram allows members to tag themselves, friends, family or anyone in photos they’ve taken and uploaded to the photo sharing service. Photos of You specifically uses Instagram handles to tag people, an improvement over the old method where you were limited to tagging people in comments.

In a blog post on the subject, Instagram notes that only the author of the photo can tag people, giving users complete control over their creative content. In addition to tagging others, users are encouraged to tag their favorite places like coffee shops, etc. What’s more, hashtags aren’t allowed to be used as image tags but like before, they can still be utilized in the comments section.

Photos that are tagged will show up in a new section on your profile. When someone adds you to a photo, you’ll receive a notification and the photo will also appear in your Photos of You section. Instagram provides an option to screen all photos you are tagged in before they show up on your profile.

Photos of You is available in version 3.5 of Instagram for Android form Google Play and version 3.5 for iOS via Apple’s App Store. Instagram points out that the new feature won’t begin to show up for others on your profile until May 16. This gives users plenty of time to play around and get used to the feature before it goes live.

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