Instagram Gets All Facebookey, Introduces Who’s Who Photo Tagging

You know how you can tag your friends in a photo you upload to Facebook? Now Facebook-owned Instagram is introducing the tagging feature.

Mike Isaac of All Things D believes the move could be a boon for brands.

Photos of You essentially gives a brand the ability to crowdsource photos of its products — likely put to use — from the millions of people who are on Instagram and taking pictures all the time. So, basically, if I’m Nike, I could potentially get tons of free content for my Photos of You tab, all courtesy of the rest of Instagram.

Could be good. Could be a mess.

It may be worth noting here that Facebook and Instagram are working to deliver better user experiences, but what do we immediately begin to consider when a new feature like this is unveiled? How brands are going to game the system.

How very Pavlovian — platforms bark and media and marketing people jump.

In other digital identity and social media news, the NCAA has banned the display of #hashtags and social media URLs on football fields. What century are those fools livin’ in?

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.