What is Soft Tagging on Instagram?
In 2022, a new phrase pops up on social media every day and it’s impossible to figure out what it means.
TikTok is the worst when it comes to weird expressions, and the app has its own vocabulary full of weird words that mean nothing to most people.
The recent viral term revolves around Instagram, but it can be used on almost any social media platform.
What is a soft label? Read on to find out…
What is a soft label?
Soft tagging is the process of secretly tagging someone in a social media photo or post.
On sites like Instagram and Facebook, you can tag someone in your photo by clicking the “Tag” button, which will add a big tag with their name.
The tag is visible to everyone, so anyone who views the post can see the person’s name and profile, and there’s no way to privately tag someone.
So people started soft tagging to tag someone on social media posts without being seen by others.
Urban Dictionary “Tagging someone involuntarily” describes the process, usually because they want to be notified but don’t want to see the tag.
There are many ways to do soft labeling
If you want to gently tag someone in your Instagram Story, you can simply tag their username, but make the text really small.
The user will still be tagged and can repost it to their Story, but others won’t be able to see the tag because it’s too small.
Another way to gently tag someone without drawing attention is to write their name in the comments of the post.
For example, on Facebook or Twitter, you can tag someone in a comment or reply instead of writing their name in your post.
To make things a little more specific, instead of using simple tags, you can tag someone in the comments of your Instagram feed.
Another popular way to soft tag on Instagram is to use the regular Tags tool, but stack the tags on top of people instead of sticking them to them.
This way, all of your friends will still be tagged in that group shot, but the tag won’t be clearly placed on their faces for everyone to see.
You need to know more Instagram slang
- TBT: Meaning “Throwback Thursday”. People use it to post old photos from their camera roll on Thursdays.
- OOTD: Means “day clothes”. When people post pictures of what they’re wearing, you’ll often see it in the caption.
- Regram: This is used when someone reshares a post from another Instagram account, such as a retweet on Twitter.
- DM: Stands for “Direct Message” and refers to Instagram’s private messaging feature. People often say they are sending a DM to a friend.
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