Well, it was only a matter of time folks. Instagram today announced what many already thought was happening: they will be modifying your feed to show you what they think you want to see, instead of a timeline of posts. This is widely regarded as a horrible idea, and though Instagram says they’re doing it to make a better experience for you, the viewer, the likely ulterior motive is to create a system that is better groomed for advertisers.
Here is what Instagram had to say for itself:
You may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds. As Instagram has grown, it’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share. This means you often don’t see the posts you might care about the most.
To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most.
The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.
If your favorite musician shares a video from last night’s concert, it will be waiting for you when you wake up, no matter how many accounts you follow or what time zone you live in. And when your best friend posts a photo of her new puppy, you won’t miss it.
We’re going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way. You’ll see this new experience in the coming months.
Well, it was a good run Instagram. Am I being too negative on this? Probably. Let me know what you think in the comments below.