Oh Instagram, what have you done? You used to be my happy place. The place I went to look at pretty things. And cats. And feet. And to see what people in San Francisco are having for lunch. Everything looks so much nicer through an Instagram tinted filter, even the latest trend for eating cold porridge for breakfast. Overnight oats? What is that about?
But no, for some reason you think that we want our stream of prettiness to be interspersed by badly made videos. Well some of us (in particular some of us grumpy old skool Instagrammers ahem) actually liked the simplicity of just looking at photos and think that crap is best left for Vine or in fact, anywhere else except for Instagram. Or actually maybe it is just me.
I don’t want to scroll through my timeline and have a video blare out no, no, NO! (There is a toggle button to turn off the auto-play feature in your Instagram settings by the way. You’re welcome.) But even if videos were my thing, the mix of photos and videos on the same timeline just doesn’t do it for me I’m afraid. To skip from a photo of raindrops on roses filtered within an inch of its beautiful life to a still of somebody captured open mouthed about to scream “Helloooooo Instagram” makes for a messy old timeline and I don’t like it! Not one bit!
To be fair, I rarely like any changes that Instagram ever make but that’s only because I am an old stick in the mud think that some things are best left alone. I know that a few people have complained about the updates making the app slow to load for them and apparently there are blips when it comes to actually making your video and a few people on Twitter complained that after taking forever to fiddle around with it, their video has been lost altogether. Bugs like this will no doubt be ironed out in further updates but actually I’m kind of hoping that the novelty will have worn off before then and we can just stick to the pretty pictures. A girl can hope, right? Sigh.
For the time being, you can find me as @MostlyYummy over on Instagram. Strictly badly taken iPhone photos only.