Please just let Instagram be Instagram

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Instagram has received its fair share of comparisons lately. It’s trying to be TikTok. It tries to be a shopping app. Now Instagram is trying to be the defunct OG social media site Myspace. That’s right: Instagram is apparently To work to a feature that would allow users to play a song when someone visits their profile. Who asked for this?

Reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi – who was responsible for Revealing upcoming features on platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter – tweeted today about the possibility of this feature. Your chosen song will appear in your bio under the coveted space for links. Good luck to anyone trying to stalk their hot colleague in the office. Your favorite song will start playing while you’re desperately trying to turn off your phone only to somehow find it getting louder and louder, and oh my god… that’s the opening scene of a 2023 romcom, isn’t it?

But seriously, Instagram is for checking out the girl who bullied you in high school to read her posts about weight loss tea and her four blonde kids. I don’t need to know that she likes the Chainsmokers. I already know that on a spiritual level.

Paluzzi cleared in a sequel-tweeting that “the music will NOT autoplay”. when you click on a profile, “but that’s subject to change before official release.” It’s also not clear if users will be able to upload their own songs or choose from a partner music platform like Spotify or Apple Music. (Probably the latter as Instagram isn’t very friendly to copyright infringement and I doubt most people will upload original music. Apologies to the indie rock musicians reading this.)

This is great news for my 16 year old self who is desperate to express who I am Yes, really am and what i am Yes, really feel through song. For the record, if you visited my MySpace in 2007, They would come with custom top 4 friends and Rilo Kiley’s “silver lining.” However, my 32-year-old self is less enthusiastic about this development – like many others seems. Instagram has received a lot of criticism in the past year financial support Videos about photos, shadow bans on people, showing user content they are not interested in, among other complaints. Even the queen of Instagram was basically Kylie Jenner how“This place sucks.”

Instagram really took all of this to heart and…just kidding. They said: “Let’s add MUSIC on the mix!” I really do picture some old dudes sitting around waving a slug of whiskey around Don Draper style and saying, “You know what the kids really love these days? MUSIC!And then everyone cheers and takes a four-hour lunch break to cheat on their wives. (Just kidding. That makes tech managers sound a lot cooler than they are.)

My best guess is that Instagram is hoping this nod to cyber nostalgia will make us temporarily forget just how dull the social media platform has become. But please, Zuck, let’s just look at photos of people’s meals and vacations, please. Let me judge a person’s engagement ring or flower choice. Instagram is the haters app and there is no need to convert it to something else. Please just let Instagram be Instagram

Adam Bradshaw

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