It’s not as dramatic an update as a redesigned Explore tab, or an algorithmic feed, but it’s a small tweak.
In a blog post, Instagram said the grid displaying your photos and videos won’t change at all, but the icons above the grid could be changing to words (grid, posts, IGTV, tagged).
Your profile picture could move to the right corner, pushing your username, in larger font, to the top of the page. It appears your followers and following will take less precedence than before, and the number of posts you’ve made will no longer be present.
A side-by-side “Follow” and “Message” button could be tested on profile pages, with even more options for business pages, including “Start Order.”
“We’ve been working on these changes and will test them in phases and different combinations with our community over the next several weeks,” the post reads. “We’ll continue to experiment and update the experience as we learn from your feedback.”
It’s one of the more mild updates Instagram has rolled out over over the last few months, since Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger stepped down in September, and Facebook’s former News Feed chief, Adam Mosseri, has took over as VP of Product.
In October and November alone, the platform announced a new daily usage tracking dashboard called Your Activity, three new shopping features, and a new “nametag” feature which is reminiscent Snapchat’s Snap Codes.
The platform is also finally doing something to crack down on fake likes and followers, moving to remove follows, likes, and comments from shady third-party apps, and using machine learning to tackle bullying on its platform.
Sure, Instagram had a major outage on Tuesday. They weren’t the only ones.