CHRONOLOGY may be coming back to your Instagram feed as an app expert has spotted a “Latest Posts” feature being tested.
Back in the day, Instagram used to show you the most recent posts first but then it changed the algorithm.
Many Instagram fans will be happy with a bit more order restored to their feed.
The app received a lot of backlash when it first began showing posts “based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post.”
The rumoured “Latest Posts” feature is said to pop-up over the main feed and give you the option to click through to a different area showing only the latest content.
This would definitely be useful for anyone who doesn’t want to miss the latest news from the accounts they follow.
Trusted source Jane Manchun Wong discovered the prototype.
The famed master of reverse-engineering often finds hidden features and security vulnerabilities within apps.
She was able to generate screenshots from Instagram’s Android app code and posted the results to Twitter.
Wong tweeted: “Instagram is working on “Latest Posts” feed for catching up feed posts This sounds like the chronological feed people are asking for. Similar, but not the same”.
One user replied: “Finally Instagram listens to complaints.”
The Instagram pop-up we could all soon be seeing reads: “Welcome Back! Get caught up on the posts from [names of people you follow] and 9 more.”
You can then choose to see the posts or continue with your feed as it is in non-chronological order.
If a user selects “See Posts” then they are taken to a different section.
We have reached out to Instagram for comment to see if we’ll all be getting this feature anytime soon.
Instagram – the key facts
Here’s what you need to know…
- Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
- It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
- A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
- The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
- When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
- In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
- In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
- In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
- And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
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