Instagram doesn't let users curate their own "top nine" grids. Instead, people turn to third-party apps and sites to do the work for them. It's New Year's Eve, which means people will be posting their favorite photos from this year.

I'm left totally puzzled by this as someone who personally loves using the top nine format to look back on a year of fun baked images. Users seem to love to bring the collages together to look back on their previous year of content. Instagram has also offered grid tools for uploading images in various formats to your story. And she definitely has access to the details.

Just look at the success of the review feature of Spotify's Wrapped year, which has dominated December with users showing off their most streamed tracks, genres, and statistics. Instagram needs to be conscious of the trend. Instagram stories are one of the most common places for music users to show their taste.

Plus, Facebook, the organization that invented automatic year-in-review footage, owns Instagram. Facebook uses the power of algorithms to compile annual videos and 'friendiversary' highlights instantly (although sometimes depressing). It seems like a no-brainer to let users automatically build and share the top nine entries. But without even the barest nod to the definition, 2020 is rolling by.

Users are left with third-party providers instead, hundreds of which each year skyrocket up the app store charts. These services also ask users to fork over personal information such as their email addresses or rely on hideous watermarks or logos to plaster photos.

In most third-party options, such as the inability to create top nine grids for private accounts, it's easy to imagine how Instagram could streamline this process and even fix some of the pain points.And yet, with Instagram dropping the ball on this seemingly obvious feature, it seems that 2020 will end. I suppose 2021 still exists.