Instagram’s latest feature would allow grid photos to be rearranged

Instagram, owned by Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is a company that is desperate to retain its reign over social media. Culturally, the tides favor TikTok and Twitter, so the photo-sharing app that has become a graveyard of memes turned into a market is exploring a shiny and unnecessary new feature for its users: the ability to rearrange posts on the grid in any order.

Gone are the days of strategically posting different photos to create color-coordinated triptychs, and even more gone are the days of you simply posting anything without thinking about photos based on how they interact with other photos. (It’s very exhausting.) The new features come after Instagram launched a transparent and futile attempt to usurp the power of TikTok with “Reels” and announced that it was going to start exploring by bringing back the timeline feed, the latest maybe the only good idea to come the same company that wanted to bring us Instagram Kids has had for years.

“We want people to have meaningful control over their experience,” CEO Adam Mosseri said in a statement last month. “We’ve been experimenting with Favorites, a way for you to decide which posts you want to see higher, and we’re working on another option to see posts from people you follow in chronological order.”

But while this shift – which apparently does not prioritize the omniscient (often know too much), reminiscent of the early days of Instagram, this change signals a more customizable, less spontaneous future and will likely make us spend even more time on the app. A bigger question also arises: Wow, will #announcements play in this?

Leaker, mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi shared the reported project on Twitter on Monday, with a screenshot of what the change might look like, which would include an “Edit Grid” option that would allow users to delete and rearrange files. publications as easily as possible. application icons on your iPhone.

Of course, you can already delete or “archive”, as if to hide, the posts on your grid, but this would give users even more opportunities to present their life, brands or products in the most engaging way for them. eyes.

Instagram last month also made a puny attempt to appease a Congress that upset them for a multitude of reasons, from mental and emotional toxicity for its users to overpowering. The “Take a break” feature prompts users to stop using the app after a certain period of time, but if you’ve used Apple’s similar screen time feature before, you’ll know it’s absolutely useless against addictive application.

Jack C. Nugent