I'm no app designer, but the latest Instagram update seems like an absolutely terrible idea.
I opened Instagram this morning to be greeted by a message saying they had introduced a new way to browse images: tapping ("just like Stories"). Gone is the decades-old tried and true method of uhhhh, scrolling, replaced by weird horizontal taps with a useless progress bar (useless because as soon as you get near the end, a bunch of new posts appear and your position on the bar changes). At least with standard scrolling, I would get a notification when I reached the end of posts I hadn't seen yet (thanks to the algorithm rearranging everything). With this update, I just get that pointless progress bar.
Not only is it counterintuitive, it's horribly implemented as well. I'm supposed to tap right to get to the next post. Fine. Except it doesn't work. The first time I tapped right, it only went halfway between photos.
So, I tapped again. It turns out my thumb falls right at the level where the tagged accounts icon is, so not only was I now stuck between posts, I also saw a bunch of account tags.
I finally made it to the next post. The post after that was an ad, and guess where my thumb naturally fell this time. That's right: right on the clickable link in the ad.
If you've also received this awful update, you have my heartfelt sympathy. Instagram, stop trying to reinvent the wheel.
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