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Instagram rolls out chronological order again, but there's a catch

By Roland Udvarlaki March 24, 2022, 12:35 pm
Instagram Chronological feed Source: Meta

Instagram removed the chronological feed a few years ago in favor of an algorithmic feed that was supposed to increase engagement and provide more relevant content. The vast majority of users were not a fan of the change as Instagram started showing more irrelevant and promoted content that no one asked for, preventing people from seeing images from friends and pages they were following. In a surprising change, Instagram today announced a new toggle that will allow users to switch back to the chronological feed, but there’s a catch.

The new version of the app introduces a toggle to switch between two different feeds. When a user taps on the Instagram logo on the top, the Following option will allow users to see the chronological feed from people and pages that the person follows. The second option will allow the user to see posts from those who are favorited. Users can add up to 50 people to their favorites. It’s also worth noting that posts from favorites will always get priority and show up higher on the list than other posts.

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The catch in all of this is that none of these options are default, and you can’t yet set any of the feeds to open up by default when opening the application. When a user opens up Instagram, the standard algorithm-feed will be served, and the “Following”, or “Favourites” will have to be manually toggled each time. It remains to be seen if Instagram will ever change its mind and offer more useful options that its users are asking for, and have been asking for many years. The new feature is undoubtedly in step in the right direction, and we’re glad to see the option back.

Instagram has been making some rather significant changes lately, and it announced that it would discontinue IGTV, and the separate Boomerang and Hyperlapse applications to focus on Instagram videos in the main app. The social network also announced that it would soon host and display NFTs, although it didn’t share any information on how it will work.

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