Snapchat Story tagging just might make its way to the ephemeral app, as the company begins testing the option with a limited group of users…
It appears the roles are now reversed. In a somewhat ironic play, Snapchat seems like it’s stealing from rival Instagram. The company confirms to TechCrunch that is indeed testing a new feature — tagging friends.
Snapchat Story Tagging Test Spotted
First spotted by Matt Rappaport, the tool works precisely how one would expect. Just type out a username in the text field of an image or video caption in a Story. This allows viewers to tap on the link to bring up a new menu.
IG Stories just introduced a brand NEW Mention/Tag sticker today!
Curious timing as it comes just a day after Snap tagging launched?!@JoshConstine @kerrymflynn @MattNavarra @AnthonyQuintano @MEGra18 @mplatco @salliasnap @cyreneq @erikconover @Brettconti92 @flexiblefoodie pic.twitter.com/X3GCJfkf20
— Matt Rappaport (@nyactor) March 9, 2018
What’s strange is the feature does not appear to be equipped with autofill after typing the “@” sign. Which means users must remember the entire username in order to tag a friend. Also, it does not notify the person tagged in the Story. Curiously, when someone taps on the tagged user, it allows viewers to add that person as a friend.
At this time, it’s not yet available to all users. And, there is no official word when it will roll out to everyone or when, if Snapchat decides to permanently adopt it.