Instagram new timeline based algorithm

Instagram is set to make some major changes to user timelines by adopting one of Facebook’s features – the photo sharing social network is set to order the images in your timeline based on a personalised algorithm.

Instagram new timeline based algorithm

Until now, Instagram has always presented the pictures in an individual user’s feed in chronological order and as you can imagine this prompted outrage for thousands of users who have set up a number of hashtags to thwart the planned changes. Hashtags like #RIPInstagram, #boycosttinstagram and #keepinstagramchronological have been trending across the site following the announcement. Some 254,840 fans (of Instagram’s 300 million active monthly users) have signed a petition on change.org.

So before all your photographs get lost in the Instagram archives, there are things you can do to ease the burden of CHANGE. Firstly, users are actively encouraging their Instagram followers to turn on notifications, with social hashtags like #TurnMeOn – that means the app will let you know when they post on the social network – however you will likely be bombarded with Instagram alerts.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, for those users that constantly obsess over celebrity happenings the new algorithm does mean that a timeline will show moments you care about most – thus meaning their next photo will be front and centre in your timeline. If you collect likes and comments on Instagram for a living, hoping for that day when you go viral, then you can be pretty sure your photos will be included in the most people’s feeds once the changes roll out.

Change..good or bad?

In other news contemporary art fair Frieze are hosting a seminar to offer insight into how best to use Instagram for art and fashion, taking place at Rochelle School in London on 13th April. Get tickets here.

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Changes to Instagram
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Changes to Instagram
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Instagram is set to make some major changes – the photo sharing social network is set to order the images in your timeline based on a personalised algorithm.
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The Social Picture