Instagram is testing some design changes to how the feed works on the app.
The company is testing a "new way to move through posts" in the mobile app, that allows the user to tap to see the next post rather than scrolling down. This was reported by TechCrunchtoday.
This means that, instead of using your finger to scroll up and down, you will swipe left or right to advance forward or backwards through your feed. This is being testing on the Explore tab of the Instagram app on iOS at the moment.
“We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love.” As for whether this could come to the main feed, an Instagram spokesperson tells me that not something it’s actively thinking about right now.
Users who are currently testing the new feature, including me, were met with a new splash screen message explaining the change. Scrolling down when at a post only gets you to some comments.
Additionally, Instagram is also testing a new interface for stories, at the top of your feed. This is only out for some users, on the iOS app. There is now a card-like view with a preview of each story, similar to Snapchat's feed.
It's not known if this new interface will be permanent or Instagram is slowly rolling it out. We will try and find out more information from Instagram.
Author's Opinion: I really like these changes to the feed, and they should come to the main feed. I don't like the Instagram Stories update: the interface is clunky, big and takes up a lot of feed space too. Get rid of it!