Instagram Is About To Change In A Massive Way
The popular photo-sharing platform Insatgram is set for a big overhaul. In March, the Facebook -owned company announced that it is changing its algorithm. Under the new scheme of things, it is junking chronological order for its timeline.
The company is making the change permanent now. As it says on its blog, “With this new ordering you won’t miss your favorite band’s video after the concert, even if it took place across the world in a different time zone. And no matter how many accounts you follow, you should see your best friend’s latest posts.”
“You’ll see this new experience as we roll it out over the coming month. We’re going to keep improving over time to help make Instagram even better,” the company adds in the post.
With this change, Instagram’s feed will now look a lot like Facebook ‘s, with users seeing posts based on factors like popularity rather than in strictly chronologically order.
The change has recieved mixed reactions from the Instagram users. While some users are fine with the ‘Facebook-like treatment’ given to Instagram, others have expressed displeasure.
Instagram , which has been testing the changes on a small section of users since March, claims that the tests have been successful. “Over the past few months, we brought this new way of ordering posts to a portion of the community, and we found that people are liking photos more, commenting more and generally engaging with the community in a more active way,” said the company in the blog post.
Instagram recently also rolled out a new update for Android and iOS users. The update includes a redesign of its mobile application with brightly coloured app icons and revamped black and white user interface.
“Our updated look reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos. Instagram is now a diverse community of interests where people are sharing more photos and videos than ever before, using new tools like Boomerang and Layout, and connecting in new ways through Explore,” is how Instagram describes the update.