Our Instagram feed has always shown posts chronologically, a new algorithm currently being tested could change that. With the new algorithm, posts would appear based on “the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting, and the timeliness of the post.” This move would make Instagram’s feed more similar to the Facebook newsfeed.
Rumors that Instagram planned to debut the new feed tomorrow, May 29, have been circulating the Internet, but THE FADER Magazine contacted an Instagram spokesperson who revealed that is false. “We still have weeks, or even months, of testing to go. Currently the test groups are very small. When we roll it out broadly, we will definitely let the community know,” said the Instagram rep.
Before the rumors were dispelled, people began to use the hashtag #turnmeon, referring to the ‘turn post notifications on’ feature. This makes sure you never miss important posts, regardless of the algorithm used by the app. Simply go to a user’s profile and tap on the three dots at the top, and choose “turn on post notification”. Now you will be notified whenever they post, just as you do when you get a like or new follower (make sure to turn them on for @hcfairfieldu!!).
For now our beloved chronological feed is safe, so you’ll still see six photos of the same sunset at once. Though I’m on the fence about the potential changes, I’ll hold off on a verdict until they are actually implemented.