Instagram on Wednesday announced Favorites and Following, two chronological news feed options for service users. These feed options allow users to view recent posts from accounts tracked on the platform, the order in which they were posted. The service says users will be able to easily switch between both preferred and follower feeds – and return to the default home feed showing a non-chronologically ranked post and suggested posts. You will find more details in the front about what you will see in the desired and follow-up feed.
The meta-proprietary service reveals that users who select the following feeds will see posts from accounts that follow the service. These will be displayed in a chronological order, showing users recent posts from their friends. The default Instagram ‘Home’ feed is designed to show users’ ranked posts in a non-chronological order, influenced by a variety of factors, including interaction with accounts, user activity, information about the post, and the person who uploaded it. Instagram, which launched in 2010, switched to a ranked feed in March 2016.
Instagram users will also have access to a new favorite feed that lets users view posts from specific accounts, such as their best friends or their favorite creators. Users will be able to add up to 50 accounts to their list of favorites, which can be changed at a later stage. Instagram says users will not be notified when you add and remove them from your favorites list. Although these users’ posts will appear in chronological order, Instagram has further revealed that these accounts will be shown higher when users return to the default, non-chronological home feed.
There were favorite and follow feeds First seen By feature tracker Alessandro Paluji in September, but the feature was not rolled out to users at the time. Gadgets 360 was able to verify that the feature was enabled and was working on iOS before Wednesday.
To follow the new follow and switch to the desired feed, Instagram users can tap on Instagram in the top left corner of the app in the Home Feed, then tap on any one. Following Or Dear. Tapping Dear For the first time users will be asked to add an account to a list by tapping Add Favorites Alternate users can return to the ranked feed at any time by tapping Following Or Dear At the top of the screen and select Home.
When Instagram initially launched in 2010, it offered a single stream of photos in chronological order. However, as more users started joining the service, the company found it harder for users to see all the posts they followed. Last year, the company revealed that by 2016, users were missing 70 percent of all posts in their feeds, which led to the development of a ranked feed in March 2016. Instagram told Gadgets360 that it would not default to users’ new chronological feeds. Its research found that people were more satisfied with a ranked feed.