Snapchat Adds @Mentions Tagging, Stepping Up Rivalry With Instagram

Angelica Greene
March 10, 2018

The biggest omission in this new feature: It doesn't allow users to search for other accounts while constructing the mention, meaning that for now you'll have to know and enter the handle of the account you wish to tag by memory.

It's unclear when the feature will roll out officially, but Snapchat confirmed to TechCrunch that 'we're testing this, ' without giving more details.

Earlier this week the app added a "Do not disturb" option that users can turn on for their friends on the app.

The feature was first spotted by Twitter user Matt Rappaport. "Once this flashes, the user may tag someone using the "@" symbol and writing out a username to mention them.

The feature also allows you to include the tagged person's Bitmoji and a QR code button that lets other users follow them. Also, whoever gets tagged will receive a notification, so nothing will remain unseen.

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Instagram and Facebook are no longer the only places you can tag your friends in embarrassing photos.

Among the most egregious examples of this occurred when Instagram co-opted Snapchat's self-destructing video messages under a new name, "Instagram Stories", in November 2016.

Tapping on the username prompts a pop-up that will take them to that profile.

After a user clicks an image or films something, the option to add text appears on the screen.

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