For years, Instagram users have been accustomed to scrolling through their feed based on the company’s algorithms and suggestions. Many have wished to return to a time when their feed was laid out in chronological order. Thankfully, Instagram has heard them loud and clear.
Five years after implementing a more algorthmic-based social feed, Instagram will be bringing back “a version” of its chronological feed in 2022. During a Senate hearing on Instagram and teen safety, Adam Mosseri has expressed that the company wants to give “people the option to have a chronological feed,” as reported by Engadget.
Mosseri, Instagram CEO, stated during the hearing that, “We’re currently working on a version of a chronological feed that we hope to launch next year.” Mosseri stated that the feature has been in the works “for months.” At the time, Mosseri did not touch on what the chronological feed will look like, details on its use, or when exactly it would release. All that’s been said is that the company is “targeting the first quarter of next year”.
Following this Instagram confirmed its plans were in motion via a Twitter post. According to the post, the company’s plans on introducing a chronological feed will primarily give users the “option to see posts from people you follow in chronological order.”
We want people to have meaningful control over their experience. We’ve been experimenting with Favorites, a way for you to decide whose posts you want to see higher up, and we’re working on another option to see posts from people you follow in chronological order.
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) December 8, 2021
Instagram is also said to be adding a ‘favourites’ feed, that pulls posts from certain friends higher in the feed. Both new feeds will be optional to the user.