Instagram has yet again introduced a new feature that allows you to know when you’re caught up with all posts from the last two days. The Facebook-owned media sharing platform will show you a “You’re all caught up” message the moment you are completely through with all your feeds. The question now is – does this really mean shows how Instagram scrollers uses the platform?
This new update can be deemed unnecessary as the complaints still remain the same: users want to be able to view their timeline chronologically rather than scroll endlessly until a post they’d like to see randomly pops up.
To be sincere, I am yet to understand exactly how this feature will give us a “better understanding of your feed”. If Instagram really wanted us to understand our timeline, it would give us at least the option to see our timelines in chronological order with some suggested posts along the way. Insead of that, it releases some bogus feature and calls it helpful.
“We’ve heard that it can be difficult to keep track of your seen posts. With this message, you’ll have a better understanding of your Feed and know you haven’t missed recent photos or videos. – Instagram”
We really do understand Instagram’s reason for keeping an algorithm-based timeline: it boosts engagement between users and the accounts they want to see most while keeping the users engaged in the app for longer amounts of time. The downside is that Instagram has prioritized monetization and engagement over user experience.
Currently, the algorithm curates each Instagrammer’s feed based on likes and engagement. Those whose posts you like and comment on regularly will be among the first to appear at the top of your feed. So do keep this in mind while you’re scrolling endlessly because all you see are day-old posts at the top of your feed.
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