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Instagram accidentally released an update that removed scrolling and replaced it with a horizontal feed. And people were furious.

By Tech Insider

Instagram pushed out an app update that introduced a redesigned feed that removed vertical scrolling in favor of a horizontal feed that you tap through. Those who received the update promptly startRead full story

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  • Michelle Roy
    Michelle RoyAccount Support at Hawk Marketing

    I was one of the many few who recieved the update, and as unhappy as I was, I feel like we are creatures of habit who don't accept change very well. I believe that to survive these social platforms need to make updates every once in a while, if not they will get outdated and won't make it. Facebook has made countless updates and is still around. If I remember correctly not many people were fans, but we all got used to it.

    I believe we need to give change a chance before jumping the gun is all.

  • This Instagram experiment was very strange. The company trained their users to scroll vertically for a decade. The design of smartphones effectively made vertical scrolling the default for most applications. I cannot imagine what the product managers thought they would learn from this. There was a 100% probability that it would piss off 100% of users.

  • Victor Anthony
    Victor AnthonyInternet Equity Analyst at Aegis Capital

    Accidentally pushing out a major redesign at a time when every user is on Instagram sharing holiday photos and videos? Hmm! What happened to testing these updates in New Zealand and Australia? Hopefully management read the recent article from the Wall Street Journal about Snap's redesign. After this aweful year for social media companies and their stocks, management teams will need to think through carefully every update, change, and product launch. Because if users flee, then advertisers flee, then

    Accidentally pushing out a major redesign at a time when every user is on Instagram sharing holiday photos and videos? Hmm! What happened to testing these updates in New Zealand and Australia? Hopefully management read the recent article from the Wall Street Journal about Snap's redesign. After this aweful year for social media companies and their stocks, management teams will need to think through carefully every update, change, and product launch. Because if users flee, then advertisers flee, then investors flee, and the world will be left with more AOL's and Yahoo's. No one really wants that.

  • Poom Poochaiyanont
    Poom PoochaiyanontFounder at Honesty.ai

    I just received this accidental update. The UX design forces you to swipe left through each and every photos in your feed. It looks like they are testing the Tinder-esque experience to increase the engagement per content ratio.

    But it was clunky and there was nothing seamless about it, so I’m not sure what user data they’ve gathered to support this redesign.

  • Scroll anyway you want. Up, down, sideways, inside out. Scroll in a house or with a mouse. I just don’t care. People take to Twitter with papier-mâché pitchforks and get upset about WAY too much these days.

  • Instagram pushed out a few new updates today, including the ability to make your story feeds more interactive. Instagram is going Snapchat in an effort to lure the coveted teenage market.

    Anything new they push out will coincide with kids returning to school- just like Snapchat did, only Instagram should heed Snapchats UI/UX mistakes as there were many.

  • Oopsies. Sounds like an A/B test got deployed to everyone by accident.

    Or by “accident” — when people get so infuriated about “tiny” changes to your interface, it means you’ve got them hooked.

    For those infuriated at this change — where are the “mindfulness” and “self-awareness of privilege” skills you’ve been putting on display on IG for the last year? Put your phone down. You’re more mad about an app change than real atrocities in the world. You’re no better than Incels and alt-righters

  • Shah King
    Shah King

    Is it accidentally ? Or just a canary deployment ?

  • Fred  Parsons
    Fred Parsons

    Come on folks tech goes ahead and changes. Man that’s life I’m 67. I’ve gone from black and white tv to smart phone. As nurse clinic instructor taught be subject to change. I would not have lasted 40 years as a nurse if I did not go with change. Blessings

  • Jose Rincon Paz
    Jose Rincon Paz

    And the only thing that the people what back (chronological sequence of photos), looks like instagram ignore it completely.

  • JD Carpenter
    JD Carpenter

    Lol. If you were "furious" you need to get a life.

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