Instagram rolling out 'recommended' feature for all

31 December, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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Recent reports have revealed that Instagram has quietly introduced a new feature in their app, which introduces posts liked by the users' followers in their feed. However, they were not pushed to the users' home feed. A new, clearly-labeled "Recommended For You' section will comprise three to five different post options".

Instagramers' homepage feed is susceptible to "recommended" content. If you see something you don't like, you can temporarily hide "Recommended for You" posts by tapping the camera icon above the post and selecting "Hide". However, things have changed and Instagram users will now be viewing the content directly on their homepages. The change is exactly what it sounds like - a way for Instagram to push content it thinks you will like based on your own activity on the platform. You will see "Recommended For You" on certain posts which will be populated based on posts liked by the accounts that you follow. This is nearly the same as the new "Explore Feed" that was launched by Facebook. Also, the users can check the hashtags their friends follow.

The internet is pretty mixed on the idea of the Recommended for You section - some saying it's an interesting idea, and others saying it just adds more clutter to their feed.

This feature may already be in the works for several other smartphone applications.


It is worth noting that with the introduction of the "recommended posts", Instagram has done away with the chronological feed. Rather, the section will appear after you've viewed all the posts in your feed, an Instagram spokesperson explains, while confirming the feature's public launch to TechCrunch.

It's very hard though to see why this could be a problem for anyone. These posts are shown as "Recommended for You" in between the feed. Instagram's algorithm will then determine if that post should show up in your feed.

Meanwhile, some Instagram users have taken to Twitter to complain about the new section.

'Today we're introducing the ability to follow hashtags, giving you new ways to discover photos, videos and people on Instagram, ' Instagram said in a press release earlier this month.

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