Instagram says don't panic, your timeline is not changing right now


Almost two weeks ago, Instagram announced that it would be changing how subscribers' would be receiving their content. Instead of a user's timeline being arranged in chronological order, this content would be posted in order of importance to the subscriber. That would be determined by using an algorithm.

By doing this, each Instagram subscriber will get to see the messages perceived as being most important to them arriving at the top of their timeline. The only downside is that with the change, a subscriber could end up missing out on some messages that he/she wouldn't normally miss.

Today, a number of Instagram users started to panic when it hit them that their timeline was testing out the new algorithm. In the midst of this panic, Instagram tweeted a message to subscribers telling them not to worry because "...nothing is changing with your feed right now. We promise to let you know when changes roll out broadly."

In other words, if you're an Instagram user, there is nothing to panic about, at least for now.

source: @Instagram via Engadget

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11 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"nothing is changing" isn't that usually something said when quite a lot of things change?

2. eden555

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

so when should i panic?

4. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

The real question is: why should I panic?

5. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yup I want to know when to panic too. Thanks.

3. Unordinary unregistered

"Don't waste your time, panic in a few weeks :D"

6. TooSoonJunior

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 19, 2016

I don't get it. They realize their users don't like the idea of a different news feed yet they insist on continuing to do it anyways.

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Facebook....

7. Beaustir45

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

@toosoonjunior ads/money.

9. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Please don't mess up Instagram ! Facebook You messed up your news feed already

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

We should all have an option to whether we want it as Newest First or Highlights or Trending Now.. If you're reading this Instagram, you're welcome

11. WolfmanRobby

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

I stopped using Facebook all together because they insisted on shoving their "Top Stories" feed down our throats causing me to miss posts that were important to me. Don't tell me I'll have to stop using instagram to?

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