Quick schedule feature
Imagery and visuals are vital for posting on a platform like Instagram. Due to this, Later sought to make visualization a crucial part of the app’s features. The Quick Schedule feature allows content creators to plan and manage their posts efficiently, allowing creators to view the scheduled posts in a grid format. To build this feature, TTT Studios provided a dedicated team of designers and developers. And after creating an interactive prototype, we tested it with real users to validate its effectiveness.
TTT Studios set up four different scenarios for user testing. The scenarios were based on features in the app that could potentially be stressed or broken. Depending on the result, each test run was then classified as a direct success, indirect success, or failure.
User successfully completes scenario/task with little to no issues.
User eventually completes the scenario/task after deviating from the intended main course of action. Indirect success results usually warrant further investigation to observe the indirect behaviour.
User fails to complete scenario/task.
For the test, Later provided TTT with a handful of their users who agreed to take part in the testing process. We then used a testing platform called Maze to run each user through the four different scenarios. As for the results of the tests, scenarios 1, 2 and 4 were overwhelmingly successful. Scenario 3 had a 60% success rate with a 40% failure rate, and upon further investigation, it appeared that some users struggled to make the connection between the terms “account” and “settings”. However, they also stated that once the connection was made, it seemed obvious and felt intuitive. To mitigate the initial confusion, we changed the terminology from “account” to “settings” and added a tooltip to help guide users.
Calendar view feature
The second feature Later wanted to implement was a Calendar View feature, which presents a calendar of all scheduled posts and allows users to reschedule their content.
User testing this feature further enabled us to implement it with a human-centered design. Initially, we discovered that when users long pressed a post to move it around to the desired date and time on the calendar, the user’s fingers were covering the information. To remedy this, we added a dialogue box that pops up with the time and date while the post is being dragged allowing for a enhanced user experience.
Originally, Later wanted separate views for each time frame (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) to have flexibility in what the user wanted to view when applying the filter. When testing the prototype however, we found that the lack of screen “real estate” made it hard for a user to see the posts in a meaningful way. To overcome this issue, the need for different time frame filters, the team implemented an approach infinite scrolling. Infinite scrolling is a design technique where it eliminates the user’s need to click to the next screen/page. As the user scrolls down a page, more content automatically keeps loading at the bottom.
User testing results
Using a platform called lookback.io, we tested the Calendar Feature with a live version in order to get more context on how the user was interacting with the feature/app. Similar to the Quick Scheduling Feature, we ran the users through four separate scenarios.
The results of the test were overwhelmingly successful with the only issue stemming from scenario 3. While all the users completed the task successfully, they reported a bug that required users to input a time and date for the post even though it’s already been set. We decided to omit the entry for time and date and only bring the user into the scenario if they have a time and date already set. This would prevent the redundancy of setting it twice.
Share component feature
Last but not least, we built a share component feature that enables users to reshare a post from another user. This would effectively function like a ‘retweet’, but for the instagram platform. Later wanted to allow their users to share content whilst preventing content theft which is a big problem across content creators, whether that be artwork, photography, or compositions. To combat this, TTT included a caption in the share component feature that automatically provides attribution and credit to the original post every time a post is reshared through the feature.