Instagram‘s much-loved chronological timeline could be making a return.
In 2016, the Facebook-owned app introduced an algorithm-based timeline to replace chronological posts in a radical shake-up.
And users weren’t happy. The move spurred a petition for its reversal, and the hashtag #RIPInstagram trended.
Now, one Instagram employee has uploaded a video to his story showing his timeline back in chronological order after an update.
The feature is believed to be in early-stage testing and there is no indication of when, or if, it will be rolled out to the masses.
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Instagram user @jackharding shared a video of his timeline with posts back in chronological order. The Instagram employee is one of the first in a beta test group to trial the new chronological timeline update
Instagram user @jackharding shared a video of his timeline, showing posts in chronological order.
A caption alongside the video said: ‘Instagram back to chronological order. I wonder if this is good or bad news.’
In a follow-up post, the Instagram user revealed he is an employee of the social media platform who is among the first to be trialling the latest beta version of the app.
Since the post, further speculation that the feed layout is set to change has emerged.
FStoppers reported that the layout of the Instagram homepage has changed gradually over time.
With slight tweaks to the algorithm, it is believed that Instagram is now putting greater weight on when a post is shared.
Two years after Instagram got rid of its chronological timeline, the app could be set to bring back the popular feature. With slight tweaks to the algorithm, it is believed that Instagram is putting greater weight on when a post was shared
WHY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE QUITTING SOCIAL MEDIA?
Millennials are quitting social media and spending less time on Facebook, according to a report based on data by 1,000 members of Gen Z.
Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – and even the popular dating app Tinder – are seeing droves of people switch off permanently, according to the report by Boston-based market research company Origin.
While many platforms struggle to keep their users, it seems picture-based messaging app Snapchat is still holding the attention of the younger generation.
More than a third of all young people have already shut the door on some form of social media.
According to the Origin report, people are choosing to quit social media for a variety of reasons.
Forty-one per cent of respondents believe that they waste too much time on social media, and 35 per cent say that other millennials are too distracted by their online lives.
Other reasons included not using it very often and no longer being interested in the content.
22 per cent of users said they wanted more privacy and couldn’t cope with the pressure to get attention.
Just under one in five users said social media platforms made them feel bad about themselves.
When Instagram announced it would abandon its timeline approach two years ago, the app: ‘People miss on average 70 percent of their feeds.’
To avoid this, the app implemented a new approach that would change the order based on a persons relationships and interests.
‘The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post.’
Public opinion turned against the picture-sharing app as users demanded the company reverse the change.
Public opinion turned against the picture-sharing app as users demanded the company reverse the change when the firm left chronological timelines behind in 2016. In just days following the announcement, a petition gathered 158,298 supporters in 72 hours
In just days following the announcement, a petition titled Keep Instagram Chronological was born, and it gathered 158,298 supporters in 72 hours.
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