Instagram Ditches Scrolling Images in Weird App Update


Sometimes an update literally changes everything. Anyone who has used Adobe products can tell you how devastating even a small change can be.

Instagram’s latest update does just that – changes everything for no real, good reason from a user's perspective – ditching scrolling through images in favor of tapping through them.

Photo by

You read that right. Instagram ditched the scrolling it has had since the beginning of time in favor of something many users liken to Tinder.

How miserable.

Of course, none of these changes went over well with the Instagram faithful who, in traditional Internet fashion, have made their displeasure known across multiple channels, including Instagram.

Even more confounding is the addition of a scrolling progress bar at the bottom of the images. Since Instagram refreshes your cache as you approach the end, this feature is just weird. You’re never going to reach “the end” of a set of Instagram photos so who knows what that is about.

FStoppers’ Alex Cooke talks about his impressions of the app update and notes something quite curious – namely that the new method of sifting through photos caused him to interact with an ad by accident.

Because ads will be placed at random intervals in between friends’ photos, this is more than likely to happen. But aside from that, this means that users see the ads and have to actually physically push past them to continue looking through their feed.

It’s not surprising that Instagram would update its app to emphasize ads just a little bit more. After all, that is how parent company Facebook makes money. And since Instagram is quickly becoming the diamond jewel in the company crown, trying to squeeze a little bit more out of its fast-growing audience is just natural.

Have you downloaded the app update for Instagram? What do you think of the features? Let us know in the comments.

What We Recommend to Improve Your Photography Fast

It's possible to get some pretty large improvements in your photography skills very fast be learning some fundamentals. Consider this the 80:20 rule of photography where 80% of the improvements will come from 20% of the learnable skills. Those fundamentals include camera craft, composition, understanding light and mastering post-production. Here are the premium guides we recommend.

  1. html cleaner  Easy DSLR –  Friend of Light Stalking, Ken Schultz has developed this course over several years and it still remains the single best source for mastering your camera by identifying the main things that are holding you back.
  2. Word to html  Understanding Composition – As one of the core elements of a good photograph, getting your head around composition is essential. Photzy's guide to the subject is an excellent introduction. Their follow-up on Advanced Composition is also well worth a read.
  3. Word to html  Understanding Light – Also by Photzy, the other essential part of photography is covered in this epic guide and followed up in Understanding Light, Part 2. This is fundamental stuff that every photographer should aim to master.
  4. Word to html  5 Minute Magic Lightroom Workflow – Understanding post production is one of the keys to photographs that you will be proud of. This short course by one of the best in the business will show you how an award-winning photographer does it.

About Author


Kehl is our staff photography news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing and you can get to know him better here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *