Well, it's official. The app once known for its convenient, chronological order of posts is no longer. As I woke up this morning and did my usual routine of running through emails and social media, I noticed something odd. I opened Instagram, and the first post wasn't the most recent. It looks like the rumors were true, at least for me.
While the Internet and the social media app swarmed with users scrambling to retain their engagement by posting "Please Turn On Notifications" posts, Instagram followed with a statement:
Apparently, they weren't being completely honest.
To backtrack really quickly, a few weeks ago, Instagram announced that they will be moving forward with algorithmic feeds for you "based on the likelihood you'll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting, and the timeliness of the post... all the posts will still be there, just in a different order." This has caused an uproar among diehard Instagram users, claiming it goes against the very reason why people are so drawn to this app.
Back to this morning, I opened up my Instagram account and noticed right away a photo that was posted 13 hours ago on my feed. I continued to scroll down: the next post was posted two hours ago.
I continued investigating this and found the same continual pattern. Here are the post on my feed in order from left to right:
So, my first impressions of how Instagram is selecting what I see first? I have no idea. I reckon the first person's post I see is someone I interact with on a daily basis, but the other posts that were on the top I did not find relevant to me at all. It will be interesting to see how this works and how it will impact the Instagram community. While I may be a "test account" apparently, you should be prepared to see this, if not today, then in the near future.
UPDATE: One thing I have noticed after opening the app a couple times, is I see the same "leading" post over and over again. This could be something that is quite annoying going forward.
Have you noticed this change for your account? What are you thoughts on this change? Do you like it or are you opposed? Let us know your thoughts!