If you were scrolling through your phone last night, you would have seen the Instagram-induced panic that was taking over everyone’s feeds.
Sure, a few weeks ago we reported on a planned change to the photo-sharing social media site. And even then, it’s safe to say that people were not happy about it.
In case you missed it, the proposed update would mean that instead of images in our news feeds being shown to us in time order (like we currently know and love), we could instead be presented with older photos we may have missed.
This new ‘algorithmic’ feed would sort posts according to users’ interests and popularity, rather than chronologically.
A few weeks after this update was first announced, many users now seem to have started panicking that they might miss out on snaps that they really want to see.
Equally, celebrities seem to have jumped on the growing concern, asking people to ‘turn on’ their notifications in order to keep up with their posts.
Kylie Jenner, who is one of the most popular faces on the social media site, was one of them. She wrote, ‘Ugh Instagram if it’s not broke don’t fix it! Instagram is changing out of chronological order…’ [sic]
She went on, ‘It’s called INSTAgram for a reason. I don’t really understand it…’
But posts like this one actually caused a backlash of their very own, with one user tweeting: ‘I’m tired of everyone telling me what to do on Instagram today’.
It’s not really clear as to why many believed that the change was coming this weekend. In fact, Instagram’s original announcement said they were ‘testing ordered feed with a small group in the community…’
They also explained, ‘Some details will be determined during the testing period. We’ll be able to share details when we plan to launch it more broadly.’
Last night’s uproar was so great that Instagram itself had to wade in, trying to reassure users that ‘nothing is changing with your feed right now.’
The tweet read, ‘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 they’re not going to spring it on us, then. Phew!
The new feed might be a reality at some point though, so if you do want to make sure you’re keeping up with your favourite posts, you can always turn on those notifications anyway.
And we don’t know about you, but we’ll also be keeping our eyes firmly on Instagram for more information…