Facebook owned social media platform Instagram has, like pretty much every big app, gone through some rough patches with its development. One of the most controversial changes the company introduced was a new algorithm that tried to work out what you wanted to see instead of, you know, just showing you what’s out there. Unsurprisingly and like pretty much every algorithm that isn’t Google’s… it sucks. It sucks big time.
Instagram, why is your algorithm so stupid. 😔🤷♂️ I just would like people to see my stupid stuff and occasionally handsome face. Is that to much to ask? Lmao— Marley @ KH CryBaby 😭😈 (@PonderMoofin) 21 March 2018
Well now it seems that two years after first introducing the algorithm Facebook are finally willing to concede that it might be better off just putting things in chronological order. This, weirdly enough, comes about one year after Instagram insisted that no, it won’t be changing your feed no matter how often you tag them in a post that whines about them in a passive aggressive tone.
We're listening and we assure you nothing is changing with your feed right now. We promise to let you know when changes roll out broadly.— Instagram (@instagram) 28 March 2016
(Talking about passive aggressive...)
We can also rejoice because Instagram will also finally add a manual refresh button so users will no longer have to wait for the whole app to refresh but can now just sort it out themselves!
The full statement reads:
Today we’re introducing changes to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely.
We’ve heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top. So today we’re testing a “New Posts” button that lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically. Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed — don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are. We hope this makes browsing Instagram much more enjoyable.
Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed. With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.
Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about improvements we’re making to feed. Our goal is to be the best place to share and connect with the people and interests that matter most to you.
In different news Instagram continues to do quite well while Facebook has the worst time of its life. A recent data sharing scandal has revealed that Facebook willingly sold data to a number of dodgy companies while lying through their teeth about it. This comes after they did a pinky swear that wouldn’t do anything of the sort. While Facebook’s stock plummets to levels lower than those in 2012 the Facebook-owned Instagram seems to be doing perfectly fine, with many people actually flocking to Instagram from Facebook.