Instagram Photos are Making a Comeback in 2023 | Mini News

Episode #322 the Wingnut Social Podcast

Huge news this week – Instagram photos are making a comeback in 2023! Instagram is switching focus back to photos and less videos this year. Social Media Manager Hayden is here to weigh the pros and cons of this update and share information straight from head of Instagram Adam Mosseri.


Instagram gained its original popularity by featuring still images, giving users a place to share all their new memories they captured on their phones – remember that phone cameras were newer technology back then. After the feed post gained its hype, they released the story feature to combat against Snapchat’s rising popularity. User focus shifted to stories because at the time, that was a great way to grow your account as Instagram rewards users that use its newest features. Given the various algorithmic shifts, the original focus of the app has largely been overshadowed by Meta’s broader business push. While Instagram popularity has grown, it’s also become more cluttered and less focused on how they originally gained popularity. 

Mosseri said in his recent IG story, “ I think we were overfocused on video in 2022 and pushed ranking too far, and basically showed too many videos and not enough photos. We’ve since balanced, so things like how often someone likes photos versus videos, and how often someone comments on photos versus videos, are roughly equal, which is a good sign that things are balanced.” Mosseri further notes that photos will remain a key focus for the app, and that maintaining the right balance in this respect will be key. Although, as we have seen in the past, whatever performs the best and keeps user on the app the longest is what will stick. For interior designers, this can be a very exciting change! No more endless filming of projects and more focus on using the still images that are quick and easy. Making your videos into reels can be very time consuming and something that many of people don’t want to do, or just don’t really know how. Having the ability to upload pictures and them still get extensive reach will be a positive change for interior designers.


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