The Best News You’ve Probably Heard All Day!
When apps redesign their format in an attempt to make a more user-friendly, they can massively miss the mark. It can occasionally lead to satisfied users, but it depends on the degree of change and what specific alterations were made. Does anyone really like when a platform makes changes? But after months of listening to users complain about the infamously terrible algorithm, Instagram has taken problems into their own hands — and they've made some changes. They will make posts appear in users' feeds more chronologically, f’real, a lot of us are relieved.
The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app announced on Thursday that newer posts will now be more likely to appear first in users’ feeds. The change comes after users have complained of seeing old posts in their Instagram feeds following the app’s switch from a chronological-based display back in 2016.
“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.”
In the same blog post, Instagram also revealed that starting March 22, they'll be testing a "New Posts" button. They said it will allow users to choose when they want to refresh their feed instead of having it refresh automatically. Sometimes, the automatic refresh feature leaves users feeling totally blindsided — which Instagram has seemingly come to recognize — so they will now be able to refresh on their own. Sounds pretty easy, which can be done by simply tapping the button. The button will then take users to new posts at the top of the feed. Not tapping it will keep users wherever they are. It sounds pretty simple, but also pretty useful. I’m kinda like… Aight, well when I see it, I’ll believe it!
Saying goodbye to an old app format can be annoying, but if it's relating to the old algorithm on Instagram, I’m welcoming the update with open arms. Missing out gets old, and I'm pumped that IG is finally recognizing the struggle.