The app that launched an entire industry of "influencing," inspired us to learn the basic tenets of photography, and gave us depression, loves to f*ck with us. Because they know we'll never stop using it.
Today, Instagram rolled out yet another head-spinning update and, as usual, people freaked out. Because it's actually heinous.
Where were you when the shit hit the fan? I, for one, was in my bed past noon. I awoke to a Twitter trending topic declaring a #NewInstagram. I wasn't sure what to expect, but, thankfully, I was apparently one of the lucky few users who was not forced into guinea pig-ing this new feature. According to those who were, however, it was decidedly not good.
Here's what all the uproar is about:
Instagram accidentally (as they've insisted after the fact) rolled out a large-scale test of a "swipe to scroll" feed, which changed the vertical, infinite scroll we all know and love into something that more resembled the Instagram stories browsing experience.
The Instagram feed is a sideways swipe now pic.twitter.com/kqPsUvDQ5t
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) December 27, 2018
Needless to say, no one was happy and everyone was confused.
Me trying to use the new Instagram.#newinstagram #instagramupdate #Instagram pic.twitter.com/WartGSppwo
— Echefulam Madubuike (@echemadubuike) December 27, 2018
Not only is the change uncomfortable because of its unfamiliarity, it also made it harder to post stories as the swipe left for camera feature was disabled. It also took forever to browse through the feed.
Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri was quick to reply to outraged tweets, assuring users that "this was supposed to be a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated."
And while the feed was supposed to revert back to normal for everyone, some 'grammers are still plagued with this absolute abomination. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
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