Instagram's new relevance based feeds are here

Instagram's new relevance based feeds are here
Instagram users are apparently the type that don't like change. When the company announced in March that it was going to change the position of posts on users' feeds, it created quite a furor. Instead of the timeline displaying the most recent message at the top, an algorithm decides which messages are the most important to a subscriber and will put those posts on top instead.

Talk of this change set off such a firestorm of angry Instagram users, that the picture and video-sharing site felt compelled to tell its users that this change wasn't happening overnight. Everyone took a deep breath, and all was forgotten. Until now. According to a report published today, Instagram is about to make the change and it is not allowing users to disable the feature.

Instagram is doing this because it says that its users miss 70% of their feeds. With over 400 million users, Instagram wants to help its subscribers more easily find the posts that are the most important to them.

Since business posts face the possibility of being placed well toward the bottom of subscribers' feeds, earlier this week Instagram officially announced new initiatives for businesses that turn posts into ads, targeting certain users. At the same time, these businesses will be able to see the demographics of those reading their posts/ads.

source: TechRadar

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8 Comments

1. ReticentHamster

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

The beginning of the end. It baffles me why they would make a change that nobody wants. Also, how the the heck do they know which posts are 'most important to me'? Maybe this will turn out to be better than I think, but right now it sounds almost like a self-destruction to me.

8. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Same thing with facebook happened already. 90% of my feed is just propoganda and memes because of high likes. My important friends' statusses get missed all the time. That's because they are important to me, not to everyone on facebook, and facebook filters them away :) f-in stupid feature. I also wonder why they are so eager to prove they know what we like ..

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I already missed many of my friends and family posts ... now i need to go profile after profile to see who uploaded what ....

3. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

This was a terrible idea. I have missed more posts now from people i care about than before

4. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Hasn't got to me yet

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

What I suggest is they should just make a Snapchat-esque timeline where 1st you'll see all users' recent posts, then if you tap on a username, you'll see the standard lengthwise arrangement of the user's posts, then there will be an option to go to that person's profile should you desire to see more. Yeah I should just suggest this to the Instagram team now.

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1516; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Facebook has already ruined Facebook, now they are going to ruin Instagram.

7. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

But important things are so subjective!! How can they possible know what is important TO ME?? Well, at least explaint to me where can I cancel my account...

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