"If It Aint Broke, Don't Fix It" needs to be spray-painted on Instagram headquarters. Over the last 6 months they have pushed out no less than four useless updates to users that make life terrible. And that's only a little bit of an exaggeration.
First off, they changed the app icon. And sure that may not seem like a big deal. But as someone who relies on almost pure muscle memory to get to apps (I hardly look at my screen anymore), it threw me for a giant loop. What was wrong with the old one? It was so classic. So pure.
RIP good Insta logo 2010-2016
Now we have some modern, fancy, frankly almost offensive orange icon that doesn't even really look like a camera anymore?
Like yeah okay, since you told me it should be a camera I see it. But if you had asked me what this was during one of those image-association tests, I probably would have told you it was a close up of a fish mouth with a Cindy Crawford beauty mark.
It took a while for Instagram to gain our trust back, but they did. Only to completely break that trust by making is 100 times harder to tag friends in the comments on posts. It started sending them as a direct message. Um, excuse you. I don't need to be accidentally sliding into someone's DMs just to show them a meme about how much cheese I eat. Thankfully there was a way around this disastrous update, but it still hurt to be so betrayed.
Next on the list of travesties was the "top posts" feature. Essentially, Instagram wouldn't be showing the most recent posts from the people you follow anymore. Instead, you have to go to each person's account and subscribe to their posts to see them first. Hey there, Instagram...why do you think people are on your app to begin with? It's to see RECENT content. If I wanted to see someone's dinner from three nights ago I would search that out myself. Show me the current selfies all my beautiful friends are posting. Or those sunset pictures that say #nofilter but are clearly filtered.
And finally, the piece de resistance. Instagram has now added STORIES. Yup. Just like Snapchat. Listen, Insta. We're sorry we would all much rather send selfies with the dog filter than use your now-complicated app. But that doesn't mean you get to blatantly steal an idea from our new BFF. It kind of backfired for them, too. Most people are now just using the Instagram story feature to post their Snapchat user names. That is your own fault, my friend. Snapchat is a gift to us all and the minute you try to take that away from us, you've got another thing coming.