Instagram’s chronological feed is coming back

Instagram has started testing changes to the way you view your feed, including a return to the old chronological format. Under the new system, users will be able to switch between three different types of feed on their home screen, called Home, Favorites and Following, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri tweeted on Wednesday.

Home is the current Instagram experience, and it ranks content based on what Instagram views as your interest in the post, according to your likes and comments history. Mosseri said Home will continue to provide “more and more recommendations” for other accounts and posts it thinks you’ll like.

Favorites will be the list you create from accounts you don’t want to miss seeing, Mosseri said, such as your family members, close friends and favorite creators.

The following will take you back to Instagram’s much-anticipated return to its original format as a chronological list of posts from accounts you follow only.

You should see the tests now or in the next few weeks as Instagram rolls them out. Mosseri said the “full experience” should launch in the first half of the year.

During a two-hour congressional hearing in December about the potential harm Instagram could do to children, Mosseri flagged that chronological feeds could return in 2022.

Instagram booted up a chronological feed back in 2016, opting instead to display content that users are more likely to be interested in based on activity, including likes, comments, shares, and searches.

Instagram on Monday announced changes to Stories, finally allowing users to like a Story without sending it directly to the person who posted it. The change was announced by Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram.

It’s a small change — you’ll see a heart icon on the stories, which will allow you to like it — but a huge relief for anyone who wants to go to their DMs for another person’s story without stopping by Wants to show support. It’s the proverbial equivalent of sending someone a text instead of calling them on the phone.

Stories won’t be made public as you normally see on other posts, but story authors will be able to see individual likes in the viewer sheet. That means you can still dig through your story to see who replied to the story, if you want to.

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