I have three app feature requests for the folks over at Instagram. The developers have steadily improved the app since it came out in 2010, but a few potentially convenient options are still absent. As a reference point, as of this writing, the latest version of the Instagram iOS app is 5.0.11.
- I want the ability toggle image filters on and off. After I snap a photo, I’m taken to the filter selection screen. I usually tap through the filters to see if any of them enhance my photo in an interesting way. After I scroll past the first few, the “Normal” picture option has moved off the screen. If I want to compare the filtered photo against the original unfiltered photo, I have to scroll the filter list back to the start and tap “Normal.” This has always annoyed me. I want to be able to tap any filter in the list to turn it on, then tap it again to turn it back off, so I can clearly see the difference. Am I the only person who has longed for this? If only one of these three suggestions are implemented, I want it to be this one. Make it so!
- Users should be allowed to delete individual comments posted to their photos. If there is a way to do this currently, I am not aware of it. I’ve tried, but haven’t found a way to delete comments. This should have been implemented long ago. Such a feature would be of particular use for popular users and celebrities whose photos garner thousands of comments, some of which can get rather ugly.
- Users should be allowed to edit their picture posts/descriptions. If I hastily post a picture and realize that I’ve made an embarrassing typo, I have to delete the picture entirely, upload a new one, and type a new description. I shouldn’t have to do all that. That is just a waste of time, effort, and resources. Facebook began allowing users to edit their status updates a while back, and considering that they own Instagram, I had expected the feature to be added to the app by now.