Updated: Oct 6
If you head on over to Instagram's Press Site you'll see that they have plans to make the platform more sexy. Wait...did I say sexy? I meant more like Facebook. And I have no idea why really. In a series of updates they plan on getting rid of icons on profiles to replaces them with literal text. I idea being I suppose that by having text instead of pictures. It would make for a much user friendly interface. Except, NO! I mean all this is going to do is make it harder to navigate and jumble your Instagram page.
If you look at the image above you'll see that the “Follow” and “Message” buttons will sit next to each other, you know in case you want to accidentally push that when you try to follow someone. Oh, but lets not ignore that right underneath is is the email button. So there's that. And just like with Facebook, it appears that IG will now have a mutual followers tab that allows to see who follows you and another user you might be stalking. . .I mean checking out.
The whole thing is a bit sill and pretentious if you ask me. I understand that Instagram needs a change, but I don't think this is it. I will say that I appreciated the announcement that IG would be cracking down on fake accounts and likes. This is a great move given that they put that nonsense algorithm in place that can directly negatively affect users trying to get their content to the masses. So if people paid for likes or follows. Sucks to be you, and that's great news for people putting in the work.
However, IG saying that icons are confusing is an insult and replacing said confusion with texted tabs sprinkled all over the page is going to frustrate and anger most. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the way the site is now. I do think it could use a Dark Mode, "story highlights" could be less intrusive, but over all the current design is pretty solid. So why fix what isn't broken.
The plus side to all of this is that IG states "We’ve been working on these changes and will test them in phases and different combinations with our community over the next several weeks. We’ll continue to experiment and update the experience as we learn from your feedback." Which means all the bad isn't happening at once and some of it might not stick. And as a Beta tester, I plan to be very vocal in the coming updates.