Last summer, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, tried to explain why the app had dropped the timeline feed. He said it’s “impossible for most people to see everything” when their feeds are controlled in this way. At the end of the year, Mosseri began to retreat. At a Senate hearing last December, he revealed that the Instagram team was “working on a version of a timeline feed” they hope to launch in 2022. Today, Mosseri took to Twitter to announce that Instagram is currently testing new versions of its feed. . Two of these feeds sort the posts chronologically.
Instagram brings back the timeline
As Mosseri explains in a new video, the team wants to give Instagram users more control over their experience when using the app. They will achieve this by providing three different feeds on the Home tab. Users can choose from these feeds at the top of the screen.
The first stream will be called “home” and will work in the same way as the current standard stream. Instagram will rank the posts based on your interest in each one. Mosseri notes that most people fail to complete their nutrition. Therefore, this will remain the default option. If you love the way Instagram works now, this feed is for you.
Instagram calls the second feed “Favorites,” and as the name suggests, you can choose which accounts appear in that feed. Mosseri says he uses the favorite feed of family members, close friends, and favorite creators. It will be a time flow.
Finally, the last feed is Next and it will basically reflect your original Instagram feed. Mosseri says this feed will be “a chronological list of posts, only from the accounts you follow.” It looks like you won’t see any post or account suggestions in this feed. If you are looking for the cleanest feed on the app, this is the one you’ll want to enable.
When will you see the new feed?
“These tests have already been launched, or will be released within the next two weeks, and we hope to be able to launch the full trial in the first half of this year,” Mosseri said.
Such tests do not always turn out to be features for everyone to see. But it seems that Mosseri and the developers are committed to bringing these new feeds to every Instagram user. Mosseri hasn’t announced an actual release date, but it looks like we can expect to see the streams before the end of June. In the meantime, you might get lucky and be included in the test.
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