Instagram Reintroduces Chronological Feed Option

Instagram today rolled out new Following and Favorites feed options, allowing users to sort their feeds to see content posted chronologically from the people they follow or content just from their favorite people.

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The new Following option is a traditional chronological feed, and it displays the latest posts from the accounts that each Instagram user follows in reverse chronological order. Favorites shows the latest posts from a selected group of accounts that are followed, also in chronological order.

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Favorites shows you the latest from accounts that you choose, like your best friends and favorite creators. In addition to this view, posts from accounts in Favorites will also show up higher in your home feed.

Following shows you posts from the people you follow. Both Favorites and Following will show you posts in chronological order, so you can quickly catch up on recent posts.

Instagram is rolling out the new chronological feeds as of today, and they can be accessed by tapping on the Instagram logo in the top left corner of the home page to choose either Following or Favorites.

Following incorporates all Instagram accounts that a person follows, while Favorites includes up to 50 accounts added to the user's favorites list. Posts from accounts marked as favorites will also show up higher in the standard home feed and will be marked with a star icon.

It's worth noting that the standard Home view, which is Instagram's feed ranked using a proprietary algorithm, is still the default option. Instagram told CNET that it believes that "people have a better experience on Instagram with a ranked feed," so the company does not plan to be "defaulting people into a chronological feed." Because the Home view is still the standard view, the new Following and Favorites feeds cannot replace it as the default.

Top Rated Comments

DHagan4755 Avatar
9 months ago
I wish Instagram wasn't part of Facebook & their B.S.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mizouse Avatar
9 months ago
Good. Because the algorithm sometimes deprioritizes people you haven’t “interacted” with in some time.

Sometimes out of the blue I’d remember a page I used to see all the time and when I look them up, I see they’ve been active. It’s just IG decided not to show me their activity.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H3LL5P4WN Avatar
9 months ago
It’s not available to me yet either.

And it’s garbage that it’s not able to be set as default.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
9 months ago
Sounds like Apple. Taking away a feature while marketing it as a feature that it was taken away, then adding it back and marketing that again.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ohaishawnn Avatar
9 months ago
I don't have the option yet. May take some time.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nwcs Avatar
9 months ago
If they would just let you remove (permanently) the suggested posts, posts similar to things they think you want to see, etc. from polluting the feed it would be great. While certainly not ideal, I do have to say that using Instagram as a web app (not the App Store app) removes a lot of this cruft and ad blocking works as well. :)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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