The new “photo carousels” are meant to encourage more posting.
How do you get people to share more photos? You simply let them share more photos.
That’s the approach Instagram is taking with its newest feature, photo and video carousels, which let users share up to 10 pictures or videos at once. The carousels will feature the first photo or video of the group in your Instagram feed just like other posts, but allow users to swipe to the left or right to see other content uploaded in the same batch.
As Instagram explained it in a company blog post Wednesday: “You no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember.”
In other words, Instagram wants to lower the bar for what users consider to be “Instagram worthy.” The company has spent the past year trying to come up with ways to increase sharing and decrease pressure around posting to a feed full of people’s most highly curated moments.
That was one of the key reasons Instagram launched Stories, the photo and video montages that disappear after 24 hours. The company realized in late 2015 that the quality of photos shared to the main feed was actually turning people away.
As Kevin Weil, Instagram’s head of product, explained it to Recode in an interview last December: “