Instagram Users Rebel Against Plans to Reorganize Feed

Courtesy of Instagram user glynsmyth

Instagram’s plans to change the way it organizes photos within its app has caused some backlash among its users: Close to 50,000 users signed a petition within the last 20 hours to “keep Instagram chronological.”

“We are users of Instagram and do not want to be forced into having our feeds display in a ‘your favourites’ order,” the petition reads. “We want the ability to at least choose to keep our feeds in chronological order.”

Instagram announced Tuesday that it is planning to use algorithms to better target its users with the photos they care about, instead of displaying every single photo in a chronological order like it does now. “You may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the changes. “As Instagram has grown, it’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share.”

Instagram initially plans to still display every single photo and video from the people a user is following, but the company may eventually also filter out some posts altogether. “We’re going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way,” the company promised, adding that it will roll out changes to its feed in the coming months.

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Instagram isn’t the only social network struggling to make its feed more accessible. Twitter has long had plans to change its feed, and announced earlier this year that it would put a selection of tweets at the top of its users’ timelines to make sure that the best content doesn’t get lost. The announcement was met with a significant backlash, with users making the hashtag #RIPTwitter trend on the service. Eventually, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly responded, promising that users would always be able to opt out.

Even with the petition gaining steam, the opposition against Instagram’s announced changes doesn’t seem quite as dramatic. Thus far, less than 4,000 users have tagged their photos with #RIPInstagram on the service.

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  1. Rose says:

    Can you please include the link to the petition? There is a search bar. If you wanted to see a specific page or thought you could have missed a post, you can look it up. But l, if it is not in chronological order anymore, you’ll have no idea if someone is even still active. I guess that theory goes both ways, but we should not be censored. I view a lot of posts just for personal purposes. I have no reason to tag, like, or share every one. So now, there’s a good chance I lose these. And these posts I care about the most. The sad part is, everyone can petition and complain, but until they actually face consequences, for example, losing users, they Have no reason to change. And sadly, they really don’t care about any of us. And that’s apparent. We are being blasted with what others want us to know. They are developing our minds. Tv, Facebook, Instagram.. we live in a time where posts we see on Facebook form our beliefs. We live in a world where we bash the news, and spread the word of a meme tearing people down. The news is just as controlled as we are on the Internet. Search engines have been doing this for years, and we keep allowing the government and big companies to do this. Corporate America is what keeps his country going, it is a great thing for our country, and we do NOT need to fight against it. But, we DO need to stand up for our rights within the business world. We cannot reap off the glories of a corporate world and complain about it. Be educated. Take a stance. And mean it.

  2. NocturnalKitten_ says:

    I view more than I post so the feed’s order is more important than if I posted more. If that changes, I got no reason to stick around. It is a huge part of why I don’t bother with anything Facebook related unless I’ve got a notification about being tagged in it.

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