Instagram Slaps On a Nametag to Make Following People IRL Easier
Instagram today introduced a new customizable identification card called Nametag. The goal is to help people easily find the Instagram profiles of those they meet via their phones. Instagram users can personalize their Nametag with designs, colors, emojis, selfies, and stickers. In order to share the Nametag, two people will need to open Instagram on their phones while one scans the ID of the other. Instagram says people will also be able to share their Nametags via text, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Nametag is available globally on Android and iOS devices starting today. In related news, Instagram is exploring a new way for students to connect with one another. Instagram school communities lets students share school spirit and find/connect with other students and alumni. Students can add their university name, class year, and other details such as major, sports teams, and greek organizations to their profile listing. Communities will feature directories so people can sort by major, year, etc. Instagram is testing school communities in a handful of colleges around the country. It hasn't said when communities might become available more broadly.
Apr 13, 2017
Instagram today rolled out new sticker tools meant to help people be more creative in their posts and stories. First up is the ability to turn your selfie into its own sticker.
Oct 26, 2018
WhatsApp today announced that support for stickers and sticker packs is coming to its mobile apps for Android and iOS. The messaging service is initially offering stickers designed by its own staff and select artists, though it also hopes third party content creators will adopt WhatsApp stickers.
May 11, 2017
Google today announced a new feature for its Allo messaging app that will take your self portraits and convert them into personalized sticker packs. Google says it is relying on neural networks to perform the behind-the-scenes magic.
Nov 12, 2018
Google's GBoard application for Android devices is prepared to add a bit of smarts to the conversation. The latest version of the app will use artificial intelligence to suggest GIFs, emojis, and stickers.