Instagram has listened to the claims of its millions of users and, finally, has reinstated one of its most long-awaited features: being able to see the posts in the feed in chronological order. As of today, the social network already allows us to select what we prefer to see on our main page, and in what way.
As explained by Instagram, users will be able to choose between two options to view the publications: Following and Favorites. When selecting the first, the posts of the accounts that follow will be displayed in the order in which they were published. While the second will allow you to see first the photos and videos of the accounts that are marked as preferred.
Switching between the two sections is really quite simple. Users just have to tap on “Instagram”, in the upper left corner of the screen, and choose one of the available options. According to the announcement, this new option is now available to all users; however, keep in mind that it could take a few hours to reach the full public.
“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, and help make the time you spend on the app feel more intentional,” he said. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram.
Instagram returns to the chronological feed
Without a doubt, that Instagram returns to the chronological feed is great news. In fact, this possibility had been talked about since the beginning of the year, although the officialization of its arrival to the public was lacking. However, keep in mind that you will probably still see things you don't like on the main screen of the social network.
While the new Following section will show posts from accounts you follow, based on each post's date, Mosseri said there will still be “suggested posts” based on your interests. Or, what is the same as saying, that you will continue to see photos, videos or reels from accounts that you do not follow, but that Instagram considers may attract your attention.
This is clearly something that will not sit well with all users. After all, the main criticisms made against the Instagram feed in recent years were precisely in that; that is to say, that people came across more and more posts from people they did not know, above those they did follow.
Still, it's interesting that Instagram has gone back to allowing posts to appear in the order they were published. Surely what the social network proposes is not perfect, but it is better than nothing.
The other aspect to take into account is how the Favorites section works. As explained, users will be able to create a list of up to 50 preferred accounts , and everything that is published in them will appear with greater preponderance in said section. As in Following, the content will appear in chronological order.
The list is editable, so you can delete and add accounts without problems; and since the elections are private, other people will not be notified when they are marked as favorites. In addition, the publications “promoted” by this section will be identifiable because they will include a star, as is already the case on Facebook.