Instagram was just updated with its first big tweak since it was bought by the Evil Empire, and much of the buzz is about the new Explore section, which replaces the useless Popular tab (which mostly featured I Shot Myself-style self-portraits of pretty girls, and cats).
But Facebook designer Keegan Jones Tweeted out an awesome little tip: long-pressing on the camera icon launches you right into your camera roll.
This is a very handy trick, although not as handy as it could be: you’re sent to the oldest photos in the album, which are almost certainly not the ones you want to post to Instagram. This is the same stupid behavior as Apple’s own Photos app.
It’s not all gloom, though. If you enter your camera roll in the old-fashioned way, by tapping the Camera button and then the photo roll button, you get the standard photo-picker which gives you access to your albums, and sorts them newest first.
And about the new Explore feature: it lets you browse by hashtag, and by user (with autocomplete for your contacts) and — if you tap on a place-mark for a geotagged photo — by location. It’s very neat, and way, way better than the cats-n-tits pictures that clogged up the old version.