While Instagram has been A+ at giving users new features and updates lately, it’s worth pointing out that one of our favorite features has seemingly disappeared. That’s right: It appears that Instagram is removing its Photo Maps feature from user’s feeds. In fact, Mashable reports that users have been noticing the absence of one of the app’s original features as early as last week.
Before people panic, it’s worth noting that the geo-tags aren’t entirely absent from Instagram. Basically, this means that you can still find a tagged restaurant on a map and see all of the delicious-looking food people post from there (thank goodness).
What you can’t do, however, is go to a user’s profile and see all the different places they’ve taken food pictures at across the map.
This can be a bit of a bummer if you are, for example, visiting a new city and want to see restaurants that are all in one area, or if you’re trying to choose between similar places that are all in one spot. Basically, if you’re a true foodie, every loss of a #foodporn pic counts.
According to Mashable, Instagram removed the feature not to hurt the foodie in all of us, but because the feature wasn’t popular. Instagram explained to Mashable in a statement that, “Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities.” Presumably, these other priorities are some of the latest features we’ve gotten, such as the option to zoom in on photos and videos.
Whether or not the loss of this feature is a big deal for you really depends on how you use the app. It’s always good to keep in mind that when we lose awesome features, we tend to gain some pretty cool ones, too. So let’s try not to get too mad at Instagram, right?