The effortless scrolling on Instagram that you’ve been used to could change soon. According to a tweet by user Suprateek Bose, the photo sharing and social media service is testing out a new means of browsing through your Instagram timeline – by tapping on the screen.
Inception of Stories & Posts in Instagram.
— Suprateek Bose (@SupraBo_) October 11, 2018
The screenshot posted by Bose reveals a user interface that prompts you to tap on the screen to browse through posts, in a way that is similar to Stories. What this could possibly mean is that you will not get a preview of the next post you are about to see, unless you have tapped on the post. Typically, while scrolling on a web or app interface, you have the freedom to pass a lot of posts by without having to stop and ponder.
An Instagram spokesperson in a statement to TechCrunch said, “We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love.”
Depending on your preferences, this could mean either of two things. If you’re an intensive Instagram user, then it would significantly reduce thumb fatigue from the millions of swipes you’d perform on your smartphone screen. Moreover, the success of such a user interface would also increasingly rely on intelligence to display more relevant images and videos, much like what is currently displayed on the ‘Videos you might like’ section.
Services such as Facebook and Instagram continue to beta test new changes to its user interface with select groups of users that are randomly selected. Depending on the adaption to these new features, they end up becoming standard features rolled out in app updates.