Instagram has confirmed three new feed options will soon be available in the app: Home, Favorites, and a chronological Following feed.
In a Tweet earlier today, Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri shared that the company has already started testing the tri-feed format, with a view to launch the full experience “within the first half of this year.”
Testing Feed Changes 👀— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) January 5, 2022
We’re starting to test the ability to switch between three different views on your home screen (two of which would give you the option to see posts in chronological order):
We hope to launch these soon. More to come. ✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/9zvB85aPSp
The main Instagram feed will be split into three tabs: Home, Favorites, and Following:
Home: According to Mosseri, the Home feed will be similar to the “experience you know today.” Although unconfirmed, we expect to see a lot more suggested content populating this feed over time.
Favorites: This feed will consist of content from a curated list of accounts. Mosseri says this will be a feed to capture all the posts from people “you don’t want to miss things from.” It is still unconfirmed how this list will be set, but it could be an extension of Instagram’s Close Friends feature.
Following: And finally, this feed will be a chronological list of all the accounts that you follow. That’s right, the chronological feed is back.
What Does This Mean for the Future of Instagram?
This is a major change for Instagram.
Why is it so significant? Well, when you think about it – it creates more opportunities for Instagram to deliver suggested content through the main landing-page feed, while still having a following feed available.
If this all sounds a little familiar, it’s because it is.
And while Instagram is still significantly different from TikTok, we anticipate to see more features making their way across to the ‘gram.
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