How (and Why) to Disable Algorithmic Feeds on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
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Social networks offer a stream of updates from your family and friends or people you follow. But the feed you see isn’t chronological. Instead, the social networks try to figure out what you’d like to see first, and show that instead.

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However, algorithmic feeds mean you’ll miss some updates you might want to see. Which is why you should disable algorithmic feeds and enable chronological feeds instead. In this article we show you how to do that on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

What Are Algorithmic Feeds?

What are algorithmic timelines or news feeds

With algorithmic feeds, the social networks are deciding what you should be reading. Rather than showing you all of the posts in chronological order, you’ll see what the social network wants you to see. In other words, you’re no longer in control.

The Pros of Algorithmic Feeds

Pros and Advantages of algorithmic feeds on social networks

To be fair to the social networks, there are good intentions behind these algorithmic timelines. Not everyone checks their social networks all of the time, so you don’t want such casual users to think their timelines are filled with random junk. If there has been an interesting conversation or post, you want them to see it to understand how useful that social network is.

Instagram estimates that users miss around 70 percent of their feed. So it makes sense to reorder the feed to put things you will like at the top.

Plus, it’s not like you miss out on any content. Both Twitter and Instagram have said that this only affects the order of the posts; it doesn’t hide or delete any content. So, “interesting” posts will be shown at the top, again from newest to oldest, followed by the rest of the posts in reverse chronological order.

Even as a power user, this feature is bound to save you some time if you find interesting stuff first and don’t have to scroll back a long way to find it.

The Cons of Algorithmic Feeds

Cons and disadvantages of algorithmic feeds on social networks

The biggest drawback of algorithmic feeds is that you might be looking at irrelevant content. When you see something on your timeline and want to comment, you will have to check the timestamp to see if your comment is still relevant or not.

You’re also dependent on the algorithm’s intelligence, and that means you have to interact more with your social network for the algorithm to improve. Basically, start tapping that Like button on the kind of posts you like, engage in conversations with people who you want on your timeline more often, and so on, so that the network “learns” what you like.

A company having control over your timeline can be a big issue. Facebook, for instance, already restricts how many times a brand’s posts can appear in your News Feed. You might like the MakeUseOf Facebook page, but that doesn’t mean you’ll see all updates from it in your timeline.

Of course, the business model of social networks is dependent upon ads. Algorithmic feeds give social networks the power to insert ads in the right order on your timeline, and they are gaining more information about you as well. While we think it’s time to embrace and make ads better for yourself, this is still a bit uncomfortable.

If you schedule posts at a certain time every day, there’s no guarantee that your audience will see it at that time.

How to Disable Twitter’s Algorithmic Feed

Of the three social networks, Twitter is the only one to let you opt out of an algorithmic feed completely. There are different methods on mobile and Web.

On mobile, here’s how to change the Twitter timeline to see the latest tweets first:

  1. Tap the Sparkle icon in the top-right corner
  2. Tap See Latest Tweets Instead
  3. Tap Home again

How to see latest tweets first on Twitter and disable algorithmic feed

On a desktop browser, here’s how to change Twitter to a chronological feed:

  1. Go to Settings > Account > Content
  2. Uncheck the box for Show me the best tweets first
  3. Save changes

How to Change the Instagram Feed Order

How to see latest Instagram posts first and disable algorithmic feed

Since the Instagram algorithm change in 2017, the social network hasn’t offered a way to change Instagram back to chronological order. Apart from regular posts, you also can’t change the order of your Instagram Stories feed to show the most recent first.

The company is also unclear about exactly how it decides your Instagram order. It only states that it’s a combination of three factors:

  • Likelihood you’ll be interested in the content
  • Date the post was shared
  • Previous interactions with the person posting

You can view any Instagram account’s posts and Stories in the most recent order by visiting their page. You can also set up an alert for any account so that Instagram notifies you when they upload a new Post, Story, or Live Video. That can help you keep up with some favorites in a timely manner.

At this moment, your only option to change the Instagram timeline to a chronological order is to rely on third-party Instagram apps. Please remember, Instagram regularly disables these apps by changing its API settings, and you also can’t upload new posts or Stories through these apps.

Filtergram can show Instagram feed in chronological order

Probably the best third-party app to get a chronological Instagram feed is Filtergram, one of the Instagram apps you didn’t know you needed 5 Instagram Apps You Didn't Know You Needed 5 Instagram Apps You Didn't Know You Needed Check out a profile picture in full size or use Instagram without an account. These third-party apps level up your Instagram game. Read More . It doesn’t work with your existing Instagram account, so you will need to manually follow each account again. It’s a passive browser to view posts, so if you need to Like or comment, you will need to open the post in Instagram.

How to Disable Facebook’s Algorithmic Feed

How to change Facebook News Feed to show Most Recent posts first

The first social network to go for an algorithmic feed, Facebook has stuck with it. In fact, while there are several ways to control your Facebook news feed, there is no option to permanently go back to a chronological timeline.

The temporary option is to change the News Feed.

  • On the Facebook website: Click the three dots in News Feed in the sidebar and click Most Recent
  • In the Facebook app: Tap Settings (the three-line “hamburger” icon) > See More > Most Recent

Remember, this is a temporary measure. Next time you log in, or even if you refresh the page, you will find that Facebook’s Most Recent is not working and the News Feed has reverted to the Top Stories view. Each time you want a chronological feed in Facebook, repeat the above steps.

If you want to permanently force Facebook to show Most Recent in News Feed, check out the browser extension Social Fixer for Facebook. It works with Chrome, Opera, and Firefox, and there are workarounds to use it in Edge and Safari.

Download: Social Fixer for Chrome | Firefox | Opera (Free)

Detoxify Your Social Media

Whether you opt for a chronological timeline or an algorithmic feed, there is plenty of research to suggest that social media is making you more miserable. You are exposed to a constant barrage of posts that induce negative emotions like envy or anger, while the apps are addictive enough to make you check it regularly.

It’s difficult to completely quit any social network, so you’re probably better off just making it less negative. Here’s our guide explaining how to detoxify your Facebook news feed How to Detoxify Your Facebook News Feed How to Detoxify Your Facebook News Feed Has your Facebook news feed become toxic? Don't worry, there are ways to make Facebook great again with a simple detox. Read More , and you can use similar plans for other social networks.

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  1. Ismail
    June 27, 2019 at 11:38 am

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  3. NP204
    July 15, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    I ALWAYS switch my FB app to show most recent when I'm checking Facebook. That option is still there to click on but now it doesn't work - it's completely obnoxious. If that's what we like, that's what we like - let us choose it!!!

  4. Nuei
    February 19, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Well that's one pretty little lie that Instagram will not eliminate your posts. They purposefully keep them from being posted for HOURS, sometimes DAYS so if I delete the post before that, it's like it simply never existed.
    And if I don't, it will get posted at a random stupid hour, why should I even bother posting at 9 pm anymore. As a content creator I am totally done and defeated. I have no energy for all the crappy algorithms. I used to make 5-10 new followers per post, sometimes up to 20 if I drew something really popular, and now I even lose followers when I post. And it's not like my art is ugly af, I got 250 new followers in a weekend just for showing my work at a local fair. And I didn't ask anyone to follow me. I simply don't have the time, patience or energy for daily posts, constant trend following, constant contests, constant insta stories, nah I'm done. I'm honestly quitting social media as an artist for a while, because I'm really not done with college yet and there is simply no use on paying 3 hours of attention per day to social media for such a tiny gain while I don't become a professional. Maybe next year some other social media without algorithms will be trendy and I will go just there to become self sustained again! Also f* YouTube in even more ways than IG and FB. I have several videos with 30.000 views, but now I struggle to make 300 views after I improved notoriously??? Beach pliz

  5. Gill
    January 21, 2018 at 9:40 am

    On the plus side...I don't need to see everyone's holiday snaps ad nauseam, but on the minus side.....if I only see items that I will "like", how on earth will I know what the facts are and keep abreast of important information. One sided information is just as much "fake news" as the deliberately posted lie.

  6. Sandy
    January 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Like nearly everybody else, hate them, but I know they won't go back so no point complaining. It is probably manageable if you are checking IG several times a day, but I only check it once a week, sometimes less, so its pure chaos. My work around to see things chronologically - I now click open the list of those I follow from my profile, then open each of their profiles one by one, starting from the bottom of the list, and choose the option to scroll through their posts. Would not be doable if you had a huge number of people you follow, but its managable for the casual user whose main focus is their close friends and family.

  7. Robby
    January 13, 2018 at 4:52 am

    I absolutely can not stand algorimic interference! It infuriates me! And all I can do is read articles telling me that I don't actually hate it! Just leave things alone for cryin out loud!!

  8. Gary Abner
    January 10, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I hate algorithmic feeds. I want to see things in the order they were posted. I don't care what someone posted 5 or 6 days ago.

  9. Zoe Lacey
    January 10, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Absolutely hate the new algorithm. Just because I dont like every post that comes across my feed doesn't mean I'm disinterested, I clicked the 'follow' button for a reason. I feel there should at least be a choice to switch back to the chronological feed.

  10. Marilyn Reap
    January 7, 2018 at 4:52 am

    I absolutely hate the algorithmic feeds and want the option to go back to true chronological method. Otherwise I will continue to phase out using these social media at all. Period. They are “nice to have” but not “essential” in my life.

  11. Trace
    January 5, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I cant understand why they do this! I don't know of a single person who prefers this option. But it's not even an option is it. It's a matter of teams it or leave it. It's a pity the world doesn't unite and boycott social media. Just for one day....

  12. Tre
    January 3, 2018 at 2:50 am

    It’s the worst. I don’t understand how they thought it was a good idea

  13. Laurie
    December 26, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Can you do an update to this article? I loathe having my feed curated. I WANT to see opinions different from mine, and I WANT to hear other points of view so I can get a good idea of all sides of an issue. Is that even possible anymore?

  14. Scott
    December 26, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Hate it

  15. S Smith
    December 16, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Absolutely hate it. Also distrust it. I don’t care if my posts are seen, but now instead of seeing posts from my friends, I get a suspicious amount of “sponsored” feeds. Feeds I want to see appear for a few seconds then disappear into the ether. I guess since it’s their software, they feel they have the right to tell m what I want to see. What next? Will they try to tell me what I like. They took the best social media app, (I use Facebook or twitter rarely) and ruined it. Big brother is not far behind!

  16. steve
    December 8, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Algo feeds are stupid, we live in a world that is linear. When we have algos making decisions about what we see it's absurd. The problem is that now we have other websites 'deciding' that algo feed is the way to go, like Strava. Unfortunately they don't give you the option of turning it off and they refused to listen to the 500+ complaints when they rolled it out.

    Every sport activity that anyone does could show up first or last or anywhere else, it's all just senseless crap now. This is a perfect example of something applied to an environ where it has no business being deployed...but unfortunately Strava didn't listen.

    If anything the algo feed decisions made it so I spend much less time in apps where it's imposed. There's nothing more disconcerting than not knowing where the beginning or the end is.

    BTW, your instructions to disable in Twitter aren't exactly correct...

  17. Trevox
    November 30, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Unless I can set my default view to “most recent first” I simply will not waste time with the app.

  18. I
    November 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Clickbait trash article. Never coming to this site again.

  19. Carrie
    November 9, 2017 at 4:31 am

    A stupid article. Waste of a read. Just say you can’t change it. Total clickbait

  20. Ron
    November 4, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    A non chronological feed could be useful — if I had control over it. Otherwise it’s “what the ... happened”.

  21. Sara
    November 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    my Instagram account switched to algorithmic yesterday. I hate it. I don't want to use Instagram now. I hope they give us an option to switch to chronological immediately.

  22. Kevin R Starkey
    November 2, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I hate algorithmic feeds. They make me want to rage quit every time I'm fooled by them.

  23. viktor
    October 29, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Very hate this. Give me chronological order back, please!

  24. invis
    October 13, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    That setting is gone from Twitter, at least from the web version (I don't use the mobile version so I don't know about that). I just went to change it and there is no option anywhere called "Show me the best tweets first" or any timeline options at all. The help section hasn't been updated to reflect this either.

  25. Eli
    October 7, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I HATE algorithmic feeds!

    I want to see all things chronologically, now I am missing out on a lot of things from my friends

  26. Roksana skura
    October 5, 2017 at 8:08 am

    HATE!! I KNOW what I want to see. I want to see shit in chronological order!

  27. Mike
    October 3, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Why would you have a section titled "How to Disable X" just to say that it can't be disabled? Stupid

  28. Roger "Rogeball" Winn
    September 28, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Absolutely "dislike" it.

    I don't like being told what I want to see. I want to see the things that are current so I am able to comment, and be relevant with it. It's aggravating when I sometimes don't see things until the next day or two after it was posted.

  29. Bhodgson
    September 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    HATE them
    It has made a very useful information source almost useless
    I bet my teens don't mind at all - but they are simply browsing and looking to be entertained. When I look at my business Instagram it is specifically for business activity today in and around my city. NOT 8 days ago! That is completely useless to me.
    And it is not " while you were away" if I'm checking it multiple times per day.
    I hope they will publish a fix soon.

  30. Brian
    August 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    This post is useless. Title states how to disable algorithms on instagram. The articles does not have this info. First time here too. Why would I come back?

  31. Claudia
    July 11, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Slightly misleading post. Came here specifically wbcauae this claimed to offer a solution for instagram on to realize this was a waste of time.

  32. Mark
    July 7, 2017 at 1:15 am

    HATE the Instagram algorithms!
    The only thing keeping me using Instagram are the people that I've "met".

  33. Chris
    July 2, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Please remove Facebook from the title of this page, you gave me absolutely no information on how to get rid of curated content, and instead told me how to tweak the algorithm which is no use at all. Pointless and a waste of my time.

  34. Robyn
    June 30, 2017 at 12:33 am

    This post was totally useless. No new information. You owe me the last 45 second of my life back.

  35. Brendan
    June 28, 2017 at 4:05 am

    The Instagram algorithm especially is driving me crazy. Every post I see is days old so I can't like or comment on them and then I have to go through dozens of posts just to see the ones that I actually really like seeing. It is so frustrating and makes me just give up on browsing instagram, which used to be my favorite social network but is now basically unusable!

  36. Kit
    June 4, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Don't like seeing this from 3 and 5 days ago. They need to make it go back to normal so we can see the most recent post

  37. Kit
    June 4, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Don't like seeing things from 3!and 5 days ago I want instagram to go back to normal when it shows you the posts in the order they was put on there

  38. JB
    May 11, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Hate it!
    It's all out of order and I'm missing lots of posts. It keep seeing the same users over and over because I've liked some of their posts. I want to see everyone I follow, not just who instagram thinks I want to see.

    • Osko
      May 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Right? They say that they did it so you don't miss stuff, but it's the other way round. Now I miss a lot of posts.

  39. steve d
    May 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    hate it.

    ditto to most others here.

    think about it, what keeps them from censoring by ommission? filtering out any pic or post that doesnt meet thier political agenda? i think fb and insta are ripe for a competitive takeover.

  40. steve d
    May 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    hate it. ditto to almost every comment here. ripe for a competitor to take over fb and insta for reasons like this!

  41. Bobby
    April 26, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I used to start my day by looking at all the photos in my Instagram feed since I last looked. Now I can't and I see stuff I've already seen. Everything is out of order. I can't find posts by people I care about - like from my family members. I'm missing important things! Hate it. Hate on Facebook. Hate it on Instagram.

  42. Deb
    April 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Hate it! Why can't they just leave stuff alone. I'm gonna end up deleting Instagram. ??

  43. Tim
    March 30, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I freaking hate the timeline now! Can't believe that they still can't create a setting to fix it...

  44. Tenisha
    February 14, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I absolutely hate the algorithms. Nothing like accidentally commenting on a 3 day old pic because Instagram decided it was 'relevant' or missing out on an entire conversation thread because Twitter decided it wasn't.

  45. Sue Grise
    February 9, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I hate the new feed on Instagram. It feels just like Facebook now. Although I follow my friends on Instagram, my main purpose on the app is to see awesome photography from around the world. But now Instagram decided my Facebook friends' posts are most important, so it shoves out the photography. Tonight I got five posts from a friends' picnic, a bunch of selfies, and some kid pics, but almost nothing from photo theme groups I follow or photographers from other places I only know through Instagram.

  46. Ben
    February 3, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I hate the algorithm feed for instagram. It's not about what's most important, it's about what is happening now. You literally never know if you have seen what everyone is posting since it constantly pops up in a different order. Maybe someone following way too many people like it, but I think the people who fell in love with the app when it first came out would agree with me. At least make it optional... seems easy enough if they already know how to make it

  47. Donald
    January 27, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Fake news. You advertise how to disable it, and then say you can't.

    • betty
      February 7, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Ugh dude, learn the difference between fake news and clickbait. Fake news is a totally fabricated story. Clickbait is a story that may be true or false, but its defining characteristic is a misleading or teasing headline. They're not the same thing. You sound like a knobber.

  48. Z
    December 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I loath algoríthmic feeds!! Just when I started a public Instagram for decor, people are going to start missing out on stuff!! We the users don't need FB or Instagram to tell us what we should see first. It's a type of control no one wants or should be under!! I hope this is the end of the two if there is no control for users!!

  49. Vince Medlock
    December 27, 2016 at 4:27 am

    I DESPISE algorithmic feeds. I'm an adult. I know what I want to see. I don't have time to wade through the crap that some computer THINKS I want to see. I want my feed in reverse chronological order which makes sense.

  50. Jashele
    December 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I hate them because I'm not online all day browsing. When I get on, I prefer to see most recent, not most relevant. I'd like to keep up with everyone. I don't like subscriptions making my phone go off every 30 seconds, draining my battery. If I miss a post, oh well. But most recent is better! I like chronological.

  51. Chris
    December 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Its a form of psychological warfare designed to aid people in giving up control. Even if something as arbitrary as the social content they subscribe too. Soon everything will be done and taken care of for us. No need to choose, no need to think.

    We are all wards of the Nanny state.

  52. Josh
    December 14, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Why title the article " how to disable algorithmic feeds on twitter instagram and facebook" and then say you CAN'T? Where is the how to? This just seems like the never ending click bait everyone is tired of.

    • Jason
      December 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Amen. I came on here to say the same thing.

    • Donald
      January 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Fake news.

  53. Amanda L.
    December 13, 2016 at 1:48 am

    HATE

  54. dopamine
    December 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    HATE IT! I liked Instagram BECAUSE it didn't tell me what was popular!
    Note/Question to Instagram - when a user Follows someone, they WANT to see their posts. Why are you interfering beyond that?!

  55. Sian
    November 27, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I hate them, I was googling how to get it back in chronological order, I'm going to use a third party web client to view my Instagram from now on. Thanks for the information.

  56. Anthony Breese
    November 23, 2016 at 6:21 am

    So annoying, I used to get 60-70 likes on my Facebook posts, now I'll be lucky if I even get TWO!!! I hate them.

  57. Amy Smith
    November 8, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I hated when Facebook went to an algorithm and was very dismayed when Instagram followed suit. Now I rarely see any of my friends or favorite pages post, only what the system thinks I want to see. I actually miss a lot more. There is a reason I add friends, follow, and like pages. Because I want to SEE their posts!

    However, the crippling issue I have with the Instagram (and Facebook) algorithm is the effect it had on my small business. I spent years growing my Instagram page, my customer base, and my business. I was able to quit my jobs and work from home, enjoying the fact that I was living my dream. However, literally immediately after the algorithm system began, I noticed a sudden decline in likes, comments, and sales. It has grown worse as this year has progressed. I am now making less than 10% of what I used to earn before the algorithm feeds, I am back in the work force since I can no longer live off my business, and thoroughly depressed to see my dreams and achievements fail. Constant attempts to express my concerns and feedback fell on deaf ears, as no one has ever replied to my messages.

    I have spoken with dozens of business owners who also use Instagram, and they too have the same issues. Many have closed up shop or have gone back to work. It is heartbreaking to lose your business, especially when it is out of your control.

    How is it that I can have 46.2k followers, and used to get 500-900 likes and 10-14 comments EVERY post, to now only 120-245 likes and the rare one comment per photo. A friend has a business with 600k followers and used to have 2000-7000 likes per post. Now he is lucky to get 700 likes. It saddens me more that he too had to get a job instead of working from home, where he could spend all day with his twin little girls.

    I played the game of paying for ads many times, and the results I got were jokes. I might as well have lit my money on fire because it didn't benefit me at all. If they want money, I'd be more than happy to pay a couple bucks a month to get my business back and the chronological feeds back for everyone.

    Another issue that began at the same time was follower count problems. I also keep track of the number of followers I gain each day, and have two apps to show what I lose. I should gain at least 100 new followers every 3-5 days, however, my counter MIGHT count up a hundred every other month. I continue to lose out in every direction.

    I am angry and at an all time low. I dedicated 4 years to my business and growing it into something I was incredibly proud of. Now, it's not worth the cost continuing. It is amazing that all of our voices have been ignored and the creators do not care about who they hurt with changes.

    I guess I will always know that for 4 years I had lived a very happy "American Dream".

    • Donald
      January 27, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      What was your business?

    • Roger
      September 28, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      But you also have to remember it's those sponsored ads that people pay for to post on Instagram that are most annoying of all. People hate those!

      I want to see the postings that the people I follow post, not annoying ads from businesses trying to get me to buy their product.

  58. J Dalton
    October 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I hate them! So much so, that I don't often go on Instagram anymore. How do we let the powers that be know we want an option for Instagram & Facebook?

  59. Jeff patterson
    October 7, 2016 at 2:15 am

    F$&@ Instagram xand any other God damned software that thinks it knows what I want more than myself. Plus, the programmers who do this crap are not going to get into heaven.

  60. DuQuoi
    August 20, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Where exactly (URL) can we all go complain to Instagram and Facebook and Twitter to give us back the option to arrange our feed in the order we want - chronologically AND all posts! - and not what "they" think we want??

  61. Claire
    July 25, 2016 at 6:52 am

    It irks me to no end that Instagram has the audacity to pretend it knows what I want to see based on whether I've spammed an account with likes or comments. I don't want this garbage, and my feed appears dead at most times even though I follow five hundred accounts because this stupid algorithm hides a vast majority of posts under stuff I'm not as interested in. The arrogance behind not leaving an option for chronological order is disgusting, and accounts like mine which refuse to add irrelevant tags to posts or partake in 'gain tricks' are left with little to no activity as a result of this stupidity. I wish I could throw a rotten tomato at the person who thought this was acceptable to force onto everyone.

    • Reston86
      July 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      You hit the nail on the head. Accounts that are not interested in playing stupid algorithm games get ignored. Since this has started I have never before seen so many "like to complete the picture" style posts just to run up the likes on their posts. What also irks me is somehow the all-knowing algorithm can't figure out how to filter out duplicate posts when someone I follow re-posts something from another account I follow.

  62. Chris G
    July 25, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Terrible. Algorithmic feeds always show me the stuff I don't care about first. They reinforce their assumptions about what you want to see because you NEVER see anything other than what they give you. So it gets narrower and narrower, showing you the stuff you kinda want to see but never the stuff you do, because you never see it to "like" it.

    I have installed browser scripts to force a Chronological feed on Facebook, which worked for awhile but Facebook got revenge on those of us that do this by sabotaging it- the reverse chronological feed doesn't have all of the posts. So even then I miss half the posts I want to see.

    If it weren't for the script at least partly returning sanity to the feed, I would have left Facebook. I am considering leaving Instagram now that it's practically unusable.

  63. MP
    July 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    The algorithm on Facebook isn't terrible, and also is improved by having controls over it so I can specify what I want to see first, etc. The algorithm on Instagram is TERRIBLE! It replaced all of my friends' feeds with the feeds from my local newspaper and art museum!

  64. WKRWK
    July 3, 2016 at 1:29 am

    I hate the algorithmic feed on Instagram because it disturbs the flow. I have happend to me, saw a photo, commented, and then realized there's a new photo that made the comment irrelevant. And then there are photos that were no longer relevant because it was posted like 11 hours ago. Instagram is not where i consume news, so, it doesnt matter if i missed anything while i was gone. And i dont think the algorithm can understand what photos i like. I don't like a photo because a lot of people like it. I don't like a photo because it was posted by my best friend. I like a photo because i like it at that moment. So, stop screwing with the timeline.
    Btw, if people missed out 70% of the feeds, then how can rearranging the posts reduce the 70%?? That's stupid. If everyday i have, say 30 minutes to scroll through, i will still have 30 minutes if they rearrange the feed. I will still see the same number of posts! Only now, i see them in a confusing non relevant order!! Wrong solution.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Well, they aren't saying people will see all the 70% by rearranging them. They're saying that assuming you still use the same 30 minutes, then their new algorithm will bring to top the content you probably want to see, saving you lots of scrolling. So you see the same number of posts in the 30 minutes, but the *kind* of posts you see are more relevant for you.

      • Chris G
        July 25, 2016 at 6:48 am

        Impossible. I used to end up "liking" about 90% what is on my feed. Why? Because I only follow a handful of accounts. Unlike most folks I don't follow hundreds of people. I have maybe 50-60. Now because of the "algorithm" Instagram is showing me a mere 4 accounts in my feed. I had to scroll past 30 or so posts to get to one other than those 4 accounts. I have purposely NOT liked much on the feed since this change because I am so angry. I have to go to people's profiles and I "like" content that way first. It takes me ages to go through each account one by one. I have been forced to un-follow about 10 accounts at this point since this process takes forever to like the content I want to see.

  65. Devin
    April 13, 2016 at 2:50 am

    I hate the algorithmic feeds. I want to control my timeline with what I want to see. Not some computer running some random algorithm that thinks it knows what I want to see, but I really don't. Just because I click on a story about politics, doesn't mean I want to be inundated by stories and posts about politics. Also, just because my friends have interest in some things doesn't necessarily mean i share the same interests. If I'm interested in something, I will search for it. Majority of the time, when I go back into my social network accounts, it is trying to show me stories or posts I have no interest in. I don't think the algorithm's they use are terribly accurate and because of this I have seemed to reduce my "addiction" to social networks. I used to check them multiple times a day. Now I check them once a day (or maybe every other day) as I find them annoying, and junked up with crap I have no interest in.