Hey Instagram users, you might want to sit down. Instagram may soon be messing with your timeline, showing photos not based on chronological order, but based on popularity and other social signals.
In other words, your Instagram could soon be curated in a way similar to Facebook’s News Feed. The move, which comes about a month after Twitter started new timeline experiments, was first reported by The New York Times.
With a user base of almost 400 million users, Instagram has remained one of the few social networks that shows content in a strictly chronological manner. With the exception of sponsored posts — which are interspersed in your feed based on various cues — what you see in Instagram is reflective of the now.
The Times reports that Instagram is going to start testing a change to that system, using algorithms to help determine what you need to see when you open up the app. What you see first could be determined by your interaction history with a user, the time of day and the popularity of the photo.
Want to start a change.org petition? No? OK then.
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