You know the feeling when Instagram just isn’t cooperating — maybe it’s a bug, maybe it’s slow. But you just can’t post the pictures you’ve been waiting to share all day.
Yes, we’ve probably all been there. So in an effort to give users an emotive solution, Instagram has introduced “Rage Shake,” a colourful new feature to gain feedback from its users. The feature will allow people to literally shake their phones, after which a pop-up will allow problems or bugs to be reported, in detail.
“You ever use Instagram, and it wasn’t working like it was supposed to?” Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, said in a Twitter announcement yesterday. “And it was really getting you, really pissing you off?”
Instagram designed its app to be addictive. Now it wants to remind you to take a break.
Instagram isn’t the first platform to introduce this sort of movement. Google Maps has allowed user to shake their phones to report incorrect information or bugs since 2012. Meanwhile, Snapchat has done the same for over a year now.
Rage shake is available on iOS and Android, only in the U.S. for the moment.
The feature was rolled out alongside another addition: being able to delete a single image from a photo carousel. So instead of deleting an entire post, you can select individual images out of a carousel and remove them — a feature users have been requesting for a while. This one is available only on iOS, according to Mosseri, but will roll out on Android shortly.