Did you wake up today to find something different about your Instagram? Users discovered their feed changed from up and down to horizontal seemingly overnight. The result?
You guessed it, mass hysteria! Tweets!! Angry hashtags!!! Needless to say Instagram was quick to revert back after the monumentous outcry.
Adam Mosseri, whom Facebook recently installed as head of Instagram with the departure of the photo-and-video-sharing app’s founders, responded Thursday morning to users on Twitter, explaining that the horizontal-scrolling feature was “supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident. Should be fixed now. If you’re still seeing it simply restart the app. Happy holidays! .”
The test “went to a few orders of magnitude more people than intended… sorry about that,” Mosseri posted on Twitter. He also tweeted, “Sorry for the confusion! Always trying new ideas, usually with a much smaller number of people…”
An Instagram rep blamed a “bug” for the unwelcome appearance of the feature. “Due to a bug, some users saw a change to the way their feed appears today. We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal,” the rep said.
The biggest complaint among users was that it was harder to see updates and slowed down navigation.
The bottom line, don’t mess with people’s Instagram unless you want a violent mob and when I say a violent mob I mean tweets….