Instagram has announced that it is testing new user profile layouts. The company said via its press site that the test, which will be carried out over the next couple of weeks, may include rearranging features at the top of your profile. The proposed changes may affect icons, buttons, as well as the way tabs are currently being navigated. Perhaps, it has become imperative to alley all fears about your photo grids as nothing will happen to them.
The Facebook subsidiary said the changes will allow you to better express yourself, while emphasis will be more on how you connect with those you care about on your profile. In other words, Instagram will now prioritize users over follower count.
“Over the next several weeks, you may see features re-arranged at the top of your profile including changes to icons, buttons and the way you navigate between tabs, which we hope will make profiles easier and cleaner to use. The photos and videos you’ve shared on your grid won’t change,” Instagram announced.
Over the next several weeks, according to Instagram, the new layouts will be tested, and more changes [if and when necessary] made based on feedback from users. What is so obvious is that changes are coming to your profile; what, however, is not certain at this moment is what will remain at the end of the tests.
The most noticeable of changes being made by Instagram is the follower count, which will no longer be at the top of your profile. As a matter of fact, the font is now smaller, emphasizing the fact that the picture-sharing app is no longer according it the priority attention it used to have.
Another visible change from the image above is the repositioning of the ‘Follow’ and ‘Message’ buttons—both are now placed side-by-side. You will now be able to see your followers when you tap on a user’s Following tab. IGTV, which was launched middle of this year, is likely to get its own tab. Other changes you may likely see at the end of the test period include the grid posts, and the tagged photos icon that are now written out, a Shop tab for business accounts, and a few others.
Again, these changes are still being tested over the next couple of weeks. Users are encouraged to send in their feedback. “We’ll continue to experiment and update the experience as we learn from your feedback.”
Instagram recently got SoundCloud integration to allow you share tracks to your stories. SoundCloud integration into Instagram Stories will let fans and artists to promote their music through the feature. The caveat here is that users will not be able to actually share their music via Instagram as the tracks can only be shared as links that appear within Stories.