For many, one of the most frustrating aspects about the massively popular photo-sharing app, Instagram, was the size restrictions that it imposed on its users’ photos. Instagram was notorious for only allowing users to upload square-shaped pics, making it impossible to fit long, panoramic shots into the app’s small frame. The restrictive square shape made it especially difficult for certain types of photos popular amongst the social media-generation— such as long landscapes with breathtaking views, or group shots with multiple friends — to be displayed in their entirety. However, Instagram seems to have caught on to its users frustration and recently introduced a rare change to its app: now, landscape videos and photos can be uploaded onto the app as well as portrait ones.
Instagram explained the change in a statement on their blog, an excerpt of which reads:
“Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram…Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square.”
While this change will certainly please users who found it difficult to share specific types of pics, some may still prefer the old, square photo-sharing format — seeing it as synonymous with the Instagram brand.
In addition, some users may wish that Instagram had changed another of its policies first. Certain feminist activists have increasingly been speaking out against Instagram’s policy to remove what they broadly define as “sexual content” — rallying for the app to allow more breastfeeding photos, as one example — and would have preferred Instagram to first remove restrictions they place on the specific content of their photos, rather than their size.
Are you happy about Instagram’s recent change to its photo sizes? What changes do you think Instagram should implement next? Sound off with your thoughts on the comments below.
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