Why does Instagram show names instead of usernames?

Answered by Michael Wilson

As an avid user of Instagram and someone who runs a Social Wall, I have definitely noticed the change in how Instagram displays usernames. It used to be that when you added Instagram feeds using hashtags, the usernames of the users would show up on the Social Wall. However, after Instagram updated its API Policy on 11 December 2018, this is no longer the case.

The reason behind this change lies in the deprecated endpoints of the updated Instagram API Policy. Instagram made the decision to deprecate certain endpoints, which essentially means that they are no longer supporting or actively maintaining those features. One of the endpoints that was deprecated is the one that provided access to usernames in the Instagram API.

Instead of displaying usernames, Instagram now shows the name of the user associated with the account. This name is customizable by the user and can be different from their username. This change was likely implemented as part of Instagram’s efforts to enhance privacy and security for its users.

By showing the name instead of the username, Instagram aims to provide a more personalized and user-friendly experience. Users have the option to choose a unique name that reflects their identity or brand, rather than being limited to their username. This allows for more flexibility and creativity in how users present themselves on the platform.

While this change may have caused some confusion for those running Social Walls or utilizing Instagram feeds for their websites or events, it is important to adapt and adjust to the updated API Policy. It is always a good idea to stay updated with any changes or updates made by Instagram or any other social media platform to ensure a seamless integration of feeds and content.

Instagram now shows names instead of usernames due to the deprecated endpoints in its updated API Policy. This change is aimed at providing a more personalized and user-friendly experience for Instagram users. It is important to stay informed about any updates or changes made by Instagram to ensure a smooth integration of feeds and content.