Instagram has new updates! The first update: you can tag a person or a hashtag in your bio.
The second update is a “New Posts” button that will allow to refresh your feed manually, instead of an automatic refresh in the app.
Instagram is changing its news feed once again so that it prioritises brand new posts. The site has long been criticised for removing the chronological timeline, which sorted posts just by how recently they went up. And the new update goes some way to addressing it, by changing to put new posts first. It won’t get rid of the algorithmic feed, and posts will still appear out of order. But it will promote newer posts, which should mean there are fewer very old pictures appearing in the feed.
Their exact statement reads that “newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed”, which means they probably won’t be abandoning the algorithmic feed anytime soon.
Today we’re introducing changes to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely.
We’ve heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top. So today we’re testing a “New Posts” button that lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically. Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed — don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are. We hope this makes browsing Instagram much more enjoyable.
Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed. With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.
Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about improvements we’re making to feed. Our goal is to be the best place to share and connect with the people and interests that matter most to you.
More changes are promised for the next few months, and we can expect the two mentioned to roll out for both the Android and iOS apps soon.