As is increasingly the case, social media users indicate the pronouns they want on their profile. This is for many reasons, and it is easy for them to communicate and show solidarity and inclusion.
Instagram has announced in its tweet that it will officially introduce the field in its bio section so users can share the pronoun they want with a new option that is currently “available in a few countries and with more plans.”
Add pronouns to your profile ✨A new field is available in a few countries, and there are more plans. pic.twitter.com/02HNSqc04RMay 11, 2021
This means that users can save space in their biographical writing that they would otherwise have given to pronoun recognition. Instead, my pronoun appears next to the user’s name on their Instagram profile.
Users can add up to four pronouns and decide if they only want to share them with ‘followers’ – a nice privacy protection for those who don’t want to disclose this detail.
When you start typing a pronoun, a list of matches appears below it, and you have to choose from that list. This means you can’t type any text in the box, but you have to choose from the list available (we expect the selection to likely expand with user feedback, but it looks pretty comprehensive at the moment).
As mentioned, this feature is already available in “a few countries” (it was available to this author in Australia at the time of writing) and will be introduced in the future, so if you don’t have access to it, please update your app and see if it has landed. If not, we don’t expect you to wait too long.