Instagram is Going Algorithmic

NicoleMotta - March 16, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Instagram is Going Algorithmic

On Monday, Instagram announced that it will be embracing a Facebook-like algorithm to improve its feed.

"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," said Instagram in a blog post announcing the change. "To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most." The new feeds will be optimized, at first, but all the posts will still be there, albeit scrambled rather than in reverse chronological order. The order of the posts will be based on several factors including the likelihood you'll be interested in the content, your relationship to the person posting, and the timeliness of the post. "We're going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way," said Instagram, noting that the changes will be rolling out "in the coming months" and will be tested along the way.

With the new algorithmic changes looming, some users are looking to third-party editing apps to make their Instagram shots and videos stand apart and hopefully make it to the top of more feeds. Some third-party apps are limited to iOS or Android and others cost money, but there are some free editing apps for both platforms. Perfect365, Phhhoto, Boomerang, Giphy Cam, Snapseed, VSCO, and Layout are just some of these apps. Boomerang and Layout are both Instagram apps but must be downloaded separately from the main Instagram app.

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