Reactions were mixed on Thursday when Instagram for a brief period accidentally switched from vertical to horizontal scrolling. The number of people who kicked against the change showed that if the change was meant to test the waters, then the Facebook-owned company might as well have a rethink. Not a few of them aired their minds on Twitter—expressing their disappointment at the change, which of course, was not to last though.
Instagram, in a statement per TechCrunch, confirmed that the change was as a result of a glitch that affected the app. According to the picture-sharing app, the bug mistakenly rolled out a huge change to its feed, replacing the traditional vertical scrolling to an horizontal one. “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,” a company spokesperson confirmed in a statement per TechCrunch.
Actually, it was meant to be a small test, which backfired and it turned out that more people had access to the feature than anticipated. Instagram’s Adam Mosseri confirmed this via his Twitter page, and apologized to users for the mistake.
Sorry about that, this was supposed to be a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated. 😬
— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) December 27, 2018
A couple of months ago, Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that it was testing a new way that will enable people to tap through post instead of scrolling. ‘Tapping,’ instead of scrolling through post will allow you tap through post the same way you tap through stories. A Twitter user Suprateek Bose posted the screenshot of the new feature being tested by Instagram on his Twitter page.
Tapping could actually change the way you read posts on the Facebook-owned picture sharing app. A spokesperson of the company told TechCrunch that: “We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love.” That said, the spokesperson was unable to confirm if same feature is being extended to the main feed.
It is yet another feature being copied from Snapchat by Instagram. Snapchat already has that feature enabled for its users. Tap to advance gets rid of the need for scrolling through your posts, which can be stressful sometimes.
One thing though, you have to be careful when tapping a post to advance—doing a double-tap could ‘like’ a post inadvertently.
Instagram is currently testing a “Shop” tab in the app’s profile page. The “Shop” tab is located right after the IGTV tab, and will probably be serving the needs of users who want to shop directly from the app. Reliable reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong posted the update on her Twitter page, but did not provide further details as to when the feature will become available to all users.
Instagram is not the first social media site to venture into ecommerce, as other social media companies including Pinterest, and Snapchat are already providing the framework for people to shop and transact different types of business on their platforms.