Instagram promises to stop putting old posts at top of your feed

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No longer will you see five-day-old photos at the top of your feed. Photo credit: Getty

It's one of the most frustrating aspects of opening the new Instagram: seeing posts from random pages that are days old at the top of your feed and having new posts from friends and bloggers buried below. 

Well fingers crossed that's set to change, with Instagram announcing today they're taking things back to the old, pre-June 2016, way. In a blog post on their website, the creators behind the app announced that it would be "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," Instagram wrote. "So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up."

They're also introducing a 'New Posts' button that will let you manually refresh your feed when you're ready.

"We've heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top," Instagram explained. The 'New Posts' button "lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically." 

It sounds like the app will resemble something a lot closer to the old Instagram where users would see the newest posts first instead of things the app deemed more relevant. When Instagram first changed the algorithm in 2016, they made changes "based on the likelihood you'll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post." But for many, it's resulted in an outdated and frustrating feed.

As Instagram said today, hopefully the new changes "makes browsing Instagram much more enjoyable".



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