Instagram made some exciting updates this week and of course, our socially savvy team was quick to notice them! “Our goal is to be the best place to share and connect with the people and interests that matter most to you,” Instagram said in their press release. It’s no secret that Instagram users have been sharing negative feedback about some of the changes to the platform. Instagram is clearly committed to showing its users that their feedback has been heard loud and clear.
The first change they made is a new way for users to describe themselves in their profile. You can now put hashtag and profile links in their own Instagram profile’s bio. If you include a hashtag or @ symbol in your bio, they will link to the hashtag’s page or the other profile that you linked. Considering that our goal is to always #staysocial, we’re loving this new feature!
The other updates have been made to the Instagram news feed. You now have the option of refreshing your feed or remaining where you are during your Instagram browsing. “We’ve heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top. So today we’re testing a 'New Posts' button that lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically,” Instagram explained in their press statement.
Another long-awaited change is that Instagram will adjust the algorithm to make sure newer posts appear first in the feed. They want users to know that they understand the importance of not missing posts from the important people in their life. This change might have been made in response to the increasing popularity of Vero, an app that was promising a feed free of advertisements with posts appearing in chronological order.
We’re pretty impressed with Instagram’s response to the feedback of their users. The press releases also hinted that these might not be the last of the updates Instagram has in store for us: “Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about improvements we’re making to feed,” Instagram stated. We can’t wait to see what’s next for one of our favorite social channels! Be sure to stay up to date with Imagine Media’s social media news and check out our Instagram Story from your mobile device for breaking news updates.
Story By: Sophie Duncan