Instagram Addresses Design ‘Bug’ That’s Deemed ‘Worst Thing’ To Happen In 2018
By Mikelle Leow, 28 Dec 2018
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If there’s one thing app creators should know, it’s that they should never mess with people’s muscle memory. After subjecting users to a life of “zombie scrolling,” Instagram abruptly swapped its native UX for a wholly different experience.
Replacing its endless screens requiring you to scroll vertically was a one-graphic-per-screen interface that asked users to tap sideways to see new posts. The gesture mimicked how you would normally browse through Instagram Stories.
Considering the fact that the Instagram Stories function wasn’t all that popular in the beginning, the new UX understandably caused an uproar, with at least one account describing the update as “the worst thing” to happen this year. Memes sprouted everywhere on social media, proving that the new layout was widely detested.
2018 doesn’t seem to be ending on a horrible note, after all, as Adam Mosseri, the new Head of Instagram, later confirmed that the feature was meant to be seen by a small test group but had unwittingly rolled out to a “broad” audience. The update was removed from the app just minutes after its publishing.
“That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident,” Mosseri said. “[It] should be fixed now. If you’re still seeing it, simply restart the app. Happy holidays!”
Instagram has also issued a response about the feature’s mass release, which it blamed on a “bug.”
“Due to a bug, some users saw a change to the way their feed appears today. We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal. We apologize for any confusion.”
Check out some of the wittiest reactions that Twitter users had to the temporary update below.
The Instagram feed is a sideways swipe now pic.twitter.com/kqPsUvDQ5t— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) December 27, 2018
me trying to use instagram now pic.twitter.com/1sKO5jHzlu— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 27, 2018
instagram, if i wanted tinder, i would have downloaded tinder.— Elle Mills (@millselle) December 27, 2018
yall remember when we used to scroll through instagram pic.twitter.com/1DjdMNUQFX— dhynah (@dhynaaa_) December 27, 2018
Instagram literally went “felt cute but might delete later” #instagramupdate— Basma (@basmahxmde) December 27, 2018
us: pls chronological timelines— 𝓪, 𝓶, 𝓪, 𝓻, 𝓲, 𝓼 (@triviastigma) December 27, 2018
insta: what? insta stories?
us: nonono chronological timelines
insta: did you mean IGTV
us: NO CHRONOLOGICAL TIMELINES
insta: ohhhh you want to scroll horizontally #instagramupdate
Instagram test idea: an iPad app— Zac Hall (@apollozac) December 27, 2018
That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident. Should be fixed now. If you're still seeing it simply restart the app. Happy holidays! 😬— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) December 27, 2018
Due to a bug, some users saw a change to the way their feed appears today. We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal. We apologize for any confusion.— Instagram (@instagram) December 27, 2018
[via Fast Company, images via various sources]
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