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.
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.”
It does not matter if you are on Facebook or not – or have just deleted your social media presence. Your friends are constantly leaking your privacy to others, reveals a significant study.
The researchers from the University of Vermont in the US and University of Adelaide in Australia found that if a person leaves a social media platform — or never joined — the online posts and words of their friends still provide about 95 per cent of the “potential predictive accuracy”, of a person’s future activities — even without any of that person’s data.
“Privacy on social media is like second-hand smoke. It’s controlled by the people around you,” the researchers said in a paper published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.
To reach this conclusion, the team of scientists gathered more than 30 million public posts on Twitter from 13,905 users.
With this data, they showed that information within the Twitter messages from eight or nine of a person’s contacts make it possible to predict that person’s later tweets as accurately as if they were looking directly at that person’s own Twitter feed.
When you sign up for Facebook or another social media platform, “you think you’re giving up your information, but you’re giving up your friends’ information too,” said mathematician James Bagrow from the University of Vermont who led the research.
The research raises profound questions about the fundamental nature of privacy — and how, in a highly networked society, a person’s choices and identity are embedded in that network.
The findings showed that, at least in theory, a company, government or other actor can accurately profile a person – like political affiliation, favourite products, religious commitments — from their friends, even if they’ve never been on social media or delete their account.
“There’s no place to hide in a social network,” said study co-author Lewis Mitchell.