Profile pages on Instagram are getting a new look, soon. Instagram today announced somewhat of a major redesign for profiles on the platform, rearranging a bunch of things around. The upcoming changes are being rolled out slowly.
Profile pictures, for example, have been moved to the right from the left. And your personal details now reside on the left. The company is also deemphasising follower counts, much like Twitter. For business profiles, you will also see new options like “Start Order” on the profile pages, along with the other buttons and it honestly looks very cluttered.
Your actual feed will remain the same, though. You can view posts as a grid or a list just like before, but now Instagram is adding a new IGTV tab to profiles so you can easily see what IGTV content has been posted by a user. And that just seems like a forced effort Instagram to get users to use IGTV — truth is, no one actually uses IGTV apart from influencers and brands, so having an empty IGTV tab with no content can turn out to be quite annoying.
One nice addition I really like is that you can now see a list of mutual followers for a profile along with a user’s followers and the users they are following. This was possible before, but it was just separated into a different section. Combining all of these into the same section makes a lot of sense.
I feel like Instagram is about to get a lot more cluttered. Now that the company’s original founders are no longer at Facebook, the company will essentially be dictating all the upcoming changes to Instagram. And just like Messenger, Instagram will likely get a bunch of idiotic, unnecessary features that clutter the app and push users away. Take the annoying IGTV notifications as an example.