Instagram update - what's got everyone so flustered?
There's been a lot of chat about changes that are happening with Instagram. The main beef is that the order in which you see posts is set to change, so basically, IG themselves can decide what posts are most important, rather than the reverse chronological order everyone is used to.
Of course, the worry with that is people end up with a feed like Facebook's, which is more likely to favour sponsored posts and updates from anyone who is willing to pay for advertising. That means people you'd like to keep up with, might get buried under a load of nonsense you're not interested in.
Naturally, a bunch of users are livid about all this, and now, the rumour mill has got going and seen everyone sharing posts, which ask followers and friends on the social network to “turn on notifications”.
If you haven't seen the posts, they look like this, and like all things like this, are annoying in their frequency and of course, ultimately not worth listening to.
General rule of the internet - don't listen to anyone who has anything to say with fonts and typefaces that are awful.
What's the deal with all this? Well, if you turn on notifications for your best mate, it means you'll get a literal notification every time they make a post. If you do that for a load of mates, in a bid to keep up with them, and they're post-heavy, you'll be getting a notification for the 47 cat photos your lonely friend uploads. You'll get a notification for the hundred photos the new parent has uploaded of their child, because they've gone a bit stir-crazy, and would like some interaction from some human adults.
Instagram have said that they don't want you to miss "the posts you might care about the most", and that your feed with "soon" be put in an order that is "based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post".
Now, Instagram are still testing this and haven't said when they're rolling this out. Someone somewhere has said that it'll be in March, sending people into social media meltdown.
IG themselves tweeted: "We're listening and we assure you nothing is changing with your feed right now. We promise to let you know when changes roll out broadly."
So, until things start getting changes, ignore the hysterical people who have uploaded images telling you to hit that notification button. You don't need to do anything of the sort just yet... unless you really fancy someone and you actually do want a notification every time they upload some image.