In a bid to make Instagram more meaningful to its users rather than just focusing on follower count, Instagram is set to bring new profile designs in coming weeks.
The social network app announced on its press site today that the company is testing out new user profile layouts. “Over the next several weeks, you may see features re-arranged at the top of your profile including changes to icons, buttons and the way you navigate between tabs,” the blog post explains. Your photo grids will be safe, though, so you can breathe easy.
Instagram aim of making these changes is to make the social network app more authentic. The company is thinking about how to prioritize “meaningful” conversation on the platform rather than just focusing on numbers.
One of the noticeable change is that, follower counts appear to be de-emphasized, as they’re no longer at the top of your profile and are in a much smaller font. Below are the pix showing the current profile design and the new designs coming soon.
Other changes are: The “Follow” and “Message” buttons now sit next to each other, and you would be able to see your mutual followers when you tap on a user’s Following tab. The grid, posts, and tagged photos icons are now written out, and it appears IGTV might be getting its own tab. For business accounts, there’s a Shop tab, in addition to buttons like “Directions,” “Call,” and “Start Order.”
The company would be working on these changes, and will be testing over the next few weeks.