But it’s not chronlogical.Image: lili sams/mashableBy Kerry Flynn2018-03-22 15:51:57 UTC
Instagram, sadly, is most likely never going to go back to the good ole days of a chronological feed. But to appease us, the Facebook-owned app is trying to make its messy algorithm better.
A test, announced via blog post on Wednesday, introduces a “New Posts” button to users’ Instagram feeds. By tapping the button, a user will be brought to the top of their Instagram feed where new posts will appear.
In addition to that new button, our overlords at Instagram have promised to show more “newer posts” first in the feed.
“With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up,” the blog post reads.
These changes come after years of desperate pleas from Instagram users for the feed to be better. Mashable’s Damon Beres wrote about how Instagram was “actively ruining” his life based on its “inhumane algorithm” that kept resurfacing Father’s Day posts days after it happened. Some users would love for the chronological feed to return. Others just want to see more relevant posts, at least.
Instagram has been an insufferable mess since it switched to non-chronological. Seeing the same posts over and over, from three days ago. Terrible. I want to see what you ate RIGHT NOW, not three days later.
— Black Mages Poop Where They Want (@cebsilver) March 22, 2018
IG new posts will hopefully be semi chronological like they used to be.. but not sure bc it sounds a bit like Twitter’s IN CASE YOU MISSED IT — titled NEW POSTS.cc: @AnthonyQuintano
— Matt Rappaport (@nyactor) March 22, 2018
We’ll have to wait and see how good the update is, but, at least it’s something. The blog post also said the company would be doing more to improve the feed over the next few months.
“Our goal is to be the best place to share and connect with the people and interests that matter most to you,” the blog post reads.
Alright, just don’t forget to keep us and our data safe from misuse.