Instagram now shows you “recommended posts” from people you don’t follow

Dec 28, 2017

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Instagram now shows you “recommended posts” from people you don’t follow

Dec 28, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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After testing a new “Recommended for You” feature, Instagram is now rolling it out globally. From now on, Instagram’s algorithm will pick the posts you might like, and they’ll be in your feed even though you don’t follow these accounts.

As Tech Crunch writes, this feature is similar to the Explore Feed feature on Facebook.  Well, at least to Explore Feed in some countries, as it works differently in the others. In addition to the posts from the accounts you follow (and plenty of ads), you’ll now have a “Recommended for You” section. It’s based on the likes of the accounts you follow, and it will reportedly contain three to five suggested posts. So, you don’t need to check your friends’ likes (if you even do that) or go to the Explore section. It will all be there for you as you scroll through your feed.

Fortunately, the “Recommended for You” section will not appear randomly as you scroll. According to Tech Crunch, you’ll only see it after you’ve seen all the posts in your feed. However, you won’t be able to hide it completely.

During the test phase, it was said that the users will be able to hide the “Recommended for You” section. Well, this has apparently changed as the feature started to roll out. You will be able to hide the section, but only temporarily, according to Instagram’s Help page.

Personally, I find features like this annoying. I follow the specific accounts for a reason, and if I need suggestions, I can look for them myself. Apparently, there are other users who share the opinion. Additionally, many of them would also prefer chronological to algorithmic order, and I agree with that as well. Or at least, I’d like an option to choose between them, like I can do on Facebook.

For now, the “Recommended for You” is still being rolled out, and not all users have it yet. But even those who do don’t seem too pleased about it. It’s not said when the rollout will be complete for all users, but I’ve noticed that I don’t have it yet. Do you? And what do you think of it?

[via The Verge, Tech Crunch]

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7 responses to “Instagram now shows you “recommended posts” from people you don’t follow”

  1. Jan Metvs Avatar
    Jan Metvs

    Will it be like in FB where you can click as much as you like on “recent entries” and after few minutes still get ‘top stories’? ?

  2. Michelle Smith Avatar
    Michelle Smith

    “Recommended posts from people I DONT follow”…..?….MAYBE there’s a reason I don’t follow them?…

  3. Dawn Lovely Avatar
    Dawn Lovely

    Please don’t

  4. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    They tried it for some time and now I don’t see it anymore. It’s pretty annoying. This is why we have Explore that we navigate through when we have the time to. To discover other posts, I guess? I’m glad I don’t see it anymore in my feed.

  5. Alain Gaudreau Avatar
    Alain Gaudreau

    It’s annoying… You can hide it but it will be back the next time.

  6. Shona Marie Elizabeth Wheeler Avatar
    Shona Marie Elizabeth Wheeler

    I barely use Instagram since they stopped showing me everything and in chronological order. What’s the point if you don’t see everyone you follow and in the right order?

  7. byazrov.com Avatar
    byazrov.com

    This is so annoying. So typical of Mark Zuckerberg to do the worst possible things to people who support his business. Can’t describe how much I hate new Instagram. There’s not a single service Mark Zuckerberg hadn’t destroyed with utterly stupid changes. Screw Zuckerberg!