Instagram is a social media platform that is popular among users due to its unique features. There are thousands of brands and creators who are working pretty hard to build their Instagram audience. They understand the fact this task is hard on this platform as compared to Twitter and Facebook.
Generally, Instagram mentions are used to engage users. The @mention feature works by tagging your account whenever someone uses “@” to mention your username. This feature is used when people want you to view some specific content. Moreover, the Newsfeed on your Instagram account shows all those mentions.
It is worth noting that there are people who don’t like to clutter their Instagram feeds with mentions. Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t offer an option to block unknown people from mentioning you on the platform. Now it seems like the company is finally working to bring the functionality for Instagrammers.
A reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong spotted that a new feature is currently in works that will allow you to control who can mention you on Instagram in captions, comments, and stories. Wong also shared a screenshot explaining how Instagram plans to implement the “Allow @Mentions From” functionality.
Instagram is working on letting users choose who can mention them
This can protect users from harassments pic.twitter.com/W6hivc5g8P
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) January 11, 2020
In other words, you can either choose to allow mentions from “Everyone” or the “People You Follow”. Moreover, you can use the third option to completely turn off mentions.
Here is how Instagram explains the feature:
“Choose who can @mention you to link to your account in stories, comments and caption. If you limit who can @mention you, they’ll know that you don’t allow everyone to @mention you if they try to. Blocked accounts can still @mention, but we won’t tell them about your settings and you won’t get a notification if they do.”
Apart from the above-mentioned functionality, the company is also planning to bring the ability to share Direct Messages (DM) in Stories. As of now, Instagram users can share their memories such as videos and photos in Stories.
Well, both of these features are going through an internal testing phase. If everything goes well, you may be able to see them very soon.