Written by Joanna Hughes

The days when college students had to try to coordinate their door room decor via snail mail are long behind us. Now comes news that university classmates may soon have an even easier way to connect with each other thanks to a new feature currently under development at Instagram. Here’s a closer look at what to expect, along with a closer look at the creative person responsible for discovering the feature.  

Introducing School Tags

The “School Tags” feature will let students link their schools in their bios in order to easily locate and connect with other students at their schools. In addition to showing the name of the school, School Tags will also show major and class year. The code also suggests that School Tags will allow students to report impersonators who don’t actually attend the schools listed in their bios.

While similar features are already available at social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, Instagram hasn’t yet had this capability.

Little is known about when School Tags will go live. It is still under development and not yet in testing, according to We Are Social Media.

Breaking the News

No mention of School Tags is complete without mention of Jane Manchun Wong, who broke the news of School Tags after unearthing it while looking through Instagram’s Android app code. According to the developer’ bio, she loves “seeing how things work underneath.”

This is not the first time Wong has made news by digging through the code of sites like Instagram and Facebook and then reverse engineering it to reveal new features. “The more I find, the more I learn. I see this as my hobby. It’s like treasure hunting. Sure, it takes some of my free time, but the treasure is the bugs and hidden features that I can get some laughs from,” she told Mashable.

Not yet have a school to list on School Tags? Make sure to check out our roundup of Social Media Do's and Dont's for College Applicants

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.
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