Instagram brings back the chronological news feed with ‘Following’ and ‘Favorites’: how it works

Instagram announced Favorites and Follows on Wednesday, two chronological news feed options for users of the service. These feed options allow users to view recent posts from accounts they follow on the platform, in the order they were posted. The service said users can easily switch between both favorites and next feeds — and return to the default Home feed which shows ranked posts and suggested posts, in a non-chronological order. You’ll find more details about what exactly you’ll see in the Favorites and Next feeds below.

The Meta service revealed that users who choose the following feed will see posts from accounts they follow on the service. These are listed in chronological order so that users can see the latest posts from their friends. Instagram’s default ‘Home’ feed is designed to show users ranked posts in a non-chronological order, influenced by several factors, including interaction with accounts, a user’s activity, information about the post, and the person who posted it. uploaded.

Instagram’s new favorites and subsequent feeds display posts in chronological order
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Instagram users also have access to a new favorites feed that allows users to see posts from specific accounts, such as their closest friends or their favorite creators. Users can add up to 50 accounts they follow to their favorites list, which can be changed at a later stage. Instagram said users will not be notified when you add or remove them from your favorites list. While posts from these users are listed in chronological order, Instagram also revealed that these accounts appear higher when users switch back to the default, non-chronological Home feed.

The favorites and following feeds were: spotted first by feature tracker Alessandro Paluzzi in September, but the feature was not rolled out to users at the time. Gadgets 360 was able to verify earlier Wednesday that the feature was enabled and working on iOS.

To switch to the new Follow and Favorites feed, Instagram users can tap Instagram in the top left corner of the app in the Home feed and then tap Follow or Favorites. When you tap Favorites for the first time, users are prompted to add accounts to a list by tapping the Add Favorites option. Users can switch back to the ranked feed at any time by tapping Follow or Favorites at the top of the screen and select Home.

Instagram initially offered a single stream of photos in chronological order when it launched in 2010. But as more users joined the service, it became difficult for users to see all the posts from people they followed, according to the company. Last year, the company revealed that users missed 70 percent of all posts in their feed in 2016, leading to the development of a ranked feed. Instagram told Gadgets 360 that it would not default to using users for the new chronological feeds, as research showed that people were more satisfied with a ranked feed.

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