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Instagram to show posts as per to users interests

Instagram to show posts as per to users interests
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Instagram users could soon notice something different in their feeds: Instead of showing users the most recent posts first, the mobile photo-sharing...

Instagram users could soon notice something different in their feeds: Instead of showing users the most recent posts first, the mobile photo-sharing app says it will give higher priority to posts that each user is likely to care about most.

If that sounds familiar, it's because that's how Facebook decides what to show users of its online social network. Facebook Inc., which owns Instagram, has long used a complex formula to emphasize items it hopes will be "relevant" to each user, based on factors like whether the post came from a close friend or how the user responded to similar posts.

Instagram had previously acted more like rival Twitter, showing every post in reverse-chronological order. But as its audience has grown to more than 400 million users, Instagram says it's become harder for users to keep up with the gusher of photos and videos posted by friends and other accounts they follow.

"This means you often don't see the posts you might care about the most," the service said. Instagram plans to introduce the new formula gradually, giving weight to the kind of factors Facebook considers in its news feed. The service says users will still be able to find all the posts they used to see, although they won't be in the same order.

That gradual introduction seems intended to avert any potential backlash from users who don't like the new system. Facebook annoyed some early users when it changed from reverse-chronological ordering to its current formula several years ago. Twitter has also run into user complaints whenever it hints at changing its approach.

The change comes as Instagram is also showing more commercial messages. While the new formula doesn't affect advertising, Instagram needs to keep users engaged and interested if it wants to maintain its audience for paid postings.
The social media platform currently organises feeds from newest to oldest.

According to Instagram co-founder and chief executive Kevin Systrom, people miss an average of 70 per cent of the posts in their feeds, adding: "What this is about is making sure that the 30 per cent you see is the best 30 per cent possible."The company is using machine-learning technology, as well as other signals of interest, to determine how to sort content.

The people you interact with more often appear higher in the feed, the report said.For now, only an unspecified single-digit percentage of users will test the algorithm. The results of the initial tests will determine whether the changes are made permanently across the platform.

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