As mentioned in the update's messaging, Instagram's feed now resembles its Stories feature, giving users the ability to quickly go through each post. The new feature was later reversed among all users, with Instagram blaming the unexpected rollout of the test horizontal feed on a "bug".
Last night social media Instagram quietly tested a new feature that turned the vertically scrolling news feed to a horizontal one, but the "bug", as the company is now calling it, only lasted for few minutes. Many users are still upset about losing the chronological feed for photos, which was replaced by an algorithm-controlled feed in 2016.
Nearly as soon as the change was made, users took to Twitter to complain and demand the return of the familiar up-and-down scrolling method.
At the top, a progress bar would appear to show how far they were through their feed, which is again similar to the Instagram Stories format.
That's the good news, but the bad news is that Instagram is clearly strongly considering making the horizontal feed a reality for all users in the near future.
Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, tweeted explaining that the drastic change was a mistake - sort of. The company as of now has not issued any of the official statement on this new change, but it also looks like to be a fundamental change for the smartphone users. "We apologize for any confusion", a spokesman told TechCrunch. Even News Feed, the most iconic Facebook feature, was initially hated before nearly every other service ended up copying it.
Photo and video-sharing app Instagram has changed a major way its users interact with their feed. I'm sure this will not be met with any backlash WHATSOEVER.
That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident. He added that the change had already been rolled back, but anyone still seeing it should close and restart the app.
The update also makes comments easier to see with just a quick scroll.
Changes to content feeds are among the most contentious for social networks.
Instagram feeds are now back to working as they were previously.