Not sure if it's old news but I just noticed that Instagram switched the Direct Message icon from an arrow to a paper plane. I think this makes a bit more sense because when they first made that feature live I thought the arrow button was to repost the above photo/video.
Looks like it's just platform specific A/B testing. Just checked my iOS device and didn't see this, must be Android only right now. I like this iconography better than the "reply" button, that never truly made sense to me. I'm sending this to somebody else not replying back to the original poster.
They're A/B testing within Android as well — still don't have it in my device.
Reminds me of the "Send" icon on Pinterest
I was thinking the same thing.
Looks more like the "Send" icon on tumblr.
Icon makes more sense than the previous one. But I don't think it's the best choice of iconography for that action IMO.
What do you think would be better?
Interesting. I also wonder why that icon is different from the Direct Message icon on the top right of the home tab.
They seem to be doing a bit of testing. I've had labels with icons since the redesign.
I prefer labels with icons. I hate clicking icons until I figure out which one performs my desired action.
Looks like there are trying to move away from the standard "share" icon. Thank the lawd!
I thought originally the arrow was to reply but a paper plane doesn't make much sense either.
I'd love to know how many people could look at that icon and even take a close guess as to what it does.