Instagram Tweaks The Algorithm To Stop Ancient Posts Overwhelming Your Feed

Instagram has just announced a big tweak to its algorithm that it hopes will inject more recent posts into your feed, as opposed to a mish-mash of content presented in no discernible order.

In a new blog, the social media platform revealed the changes will “ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed.”

That’s a far cry from the fully chronological feed of yore, but Instagram said it has heard user complaints about missing content lost in the algorithmic shuffle.

“With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about,” the blog says.

“So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.”

That seems to suggest the changes will be rolled out in the Northern Hemisphere first. Alternatively, it could just be a bad example, and the powers that be temporarily forgot Australians use Instagram, too.

Less likely: we’re all just shit out of luck, and all of our Aussie posts will be banished to the algorithm’s nether-realm for at least a day.

The image-posting giant also revealed that auto-refresh will give way to a ‘New Posts’ button, eliminating the frustration of ‘losing’ your place scrolling down the feed due to an unexpected refresh.

As with each and every minor alteration to a social media app’s content presentation, expect some people to get real mad about this one – if you can find their posts about it.

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