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Instagram testing ‘Nametag,’ similar to Snapchat’s ‘Snapcode’

Meanwhile, there was no word on when Instagram will roll out the "Nametag" feature globally, the report said

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 Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature dubbed as “Nametags” — a clone of Snapchat’s ‘Snapcode’ which will let users create a “custom scannable tag” by designing a pattern of emojis.

The feature will also offer an option to use a selfie image for creating a custom Instagram “Nametag”, Inverse reported late on Tuesday.

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The feature is similar to Snapchat’s Snapcode. Wikimedia Commons

Snapchat launched “Snapcode” in January 2015 that allowed users to add friends using their phone cameras.

Instagram has been in the news for cloning Snapchat’s features for long. “Instagram is simply building upon a technology that Snapchat created,” Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder, Instagram had said in a recent interview with Wall Street Journal.

Instagram recently introduced a “@mention” sticker for iOS users.

“After you’ve taken a photo or video in your stories camera, open the stickers tray, tap the @mention sticker, start typing the name of the account you want to mention and select from the options that appear,” the company’s blog informed.. “You can then rotate, scale and place your sticker wherever you’d like.”

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Meanwhile, there was no word on when Instagram will roll out the “Nametag” feature globally, the report said. IANS

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Facebook Releases “Your Time on Facebook” Tool

The feature gives users more control over how they interact with social media that may be harmful to the mental health and well-being of the users if used excessively

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Facebook to now track your time spent on its platform. Pixabay

Just days after photo-messaging app Instagram rolled out the feature to track users’ time spent on the app, Facebook has now released “Your Time on Facebook” tool that counts how many minutes people spend on the app.

The feature is designed to help users manage social networking by maintaining time spent per day on Facebook on a particular device for the past week and on an average, TechCrunch reported on Tuesday.

“Your Time on Facebook” tool will allow users to set a daily limit of app usage and receive a reminder to stop after that many minutes each day.

The tool also comes with shortcuts to notification, news feed and friend request settings.

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Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

“You can access it by going to Facebook’s ‘More’ tab, choose the ‘Settings and Privacy’ option and set ‘Your Time on Facebook’,” the report added.

Last week, Facebook-owned Instagram released its own “Your Activity” feature to track how much time users spent on the app.

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The feature gives users more control over how they interact with social media that may be harmful to the mental health and well-being of the users if used excessively.

A similar feature called “Screen Time” has been introduced by Apple on its iOS, and with Google also releasing a “Digital Wellness” dashboard with Android 9.0, tech companies are thinking more about helping users better manage their time using apps, the report added. (IANS)