Instagram is finally bringing what it promised a year ago – a chronological home feed to give users more control over what they see.
The platform added two new options, Favorites and Following, in its iOS client, letting users choose any of them to see the posts of their favorite or following accounts in chronological order. These two options come aside from the default algorithmic home feed.
Chronological Home Feed in Instagram
Last year when testifying before Congress, Instagram’s head Adam Mosseri said they’re testing a chronological home feed for their platform, which may offer users more control over when they see it. And now, they bring it to live in the iOS client.
As announced today, Instagram will let users see the latest posts in two new home feed styles – Favorites and Following. When the feed is set to Favorites, you can add upto 50 accounts in a list and only see the latest posts coming from them in chronological order.
This list can be altered whenever you want, and the people being added or removed won’t be notified of changes. Next up is the Following, where you shall see all the latest posts from only those you’re following.
These two views can be better if you want to avoid the regular algorithmic home feed of Instagram, which comes with a mix of photos and videos from people you follow, suggested posts, and more.
Talking on this, Instagram said;
“We’re always working on new ways to improve your Instagram experience. We’ll continue to build features like Favorites and Following to give you more choice and control over what you see.”
One intriguing thing here is that Instagram sets its algorithmic home feed default every time you reopen the app. So you have to keep changing to desired home feed style every time. This can be found by tapping the Instagram icon at the top-left corner.