Updates on Updates

CON
By Lisa Stemmons

Instagram is well known for its simplicity and dependable platform. If you’re like me, when going through my feed, I know I’m caught up when I see a familiar post from the last time I was active.

Rather than its previous chronological set up, the new update makes it so the pictures that pop up on your feed are from the people you share the most activity with.

Facebook went to the sh*tter as soon as it adapted its algorithms to this format, and Twitter just hasn’t been the same since. For social media addicts, chronologically ordered posts are a peace of mind.

The number of likes on an Instagram post isn’t necessarily representative of how much you would enjoy a certain photo. I have plenty of good friends who don’t get an obscene amount of likes on their pictures, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want it to appear on my feed.

Their pictures aren’t of any lesser value than the people with more followers, therefore, a higher possibility of racking in more likes.

Needless to say, I feel very strongly about this issue and urge Instagram to reconsider this update. Bless up.

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By Maddy White

How many people do you follow on Instagram? More than you probably have time to check up on when you’re doing your daily scroll through the feed.

Instagram is aware of this problem and wants to help. In a blog post, the company recently stated that “you may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds.”

I think Instagram is treating this update as an experiment to see how people are going to react to the changes going into effect within the next couple of months.

Other social media platforms have received a lot of flack about how this update is unnecessary for this multi billion-dollar app. People say, “Don’t fix what isn’t broken,” but I think there’s always room for improvement.

It’s a good idea to make the update more applicable to the people you are active with on the app. Instead of wasting time going through pictures you don’t “like” or “comment” on, this new update will hopefully save some necessary time for those who ‘gram on the go.’

Who knows, maybe it will even up your likes on Instagram from people who want to continue seeing your posts on their feed.