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Ben Halpern

I think we've had a hard time improving this because we use the notifications area to show when someone you follow published a new post... Which I think makes us not want to use the main feed to over-emphasize who you follow and I think that is causing problems.

@lisasy ... This strikes me as exactly what you mean by jobs to be done in terms of "what is the job of the home feed"....

I think if we straightened out what the job of notifications is and that it is not generally for posts from who you follow, we could improve the home feed to weigh more heavily and smartly towards who you follow and what you might have missed from them.

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Ildi • Edited

I wish Instagram would provide an option to change between algorithmic and chronologically ordered feed. The main reason I like Twitter more is because they still offer an option to set your feed to show the latest tweets from accounts you follow as they happen. I also think Twitter lists are really useful and a great solution for filtering/discovering/organizing platforms with many users that offer a following system.

I really love algorithms but I feel that every social platform that has a following system should offer a dedicated chronological feed of the content created by the users one follows. This might be just my own personal preference. Interested in hearing what others think.

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Christina Gorton Author

I agree. I like the idea of having a feed that showcases the people I follow but I also really like having the "chronological feeds". They help me discover new articles that I might be interested in.
I know CodePen recently updated the way they showcase people you follow because that was also a complaint they had a lot from users who didn't see the purpose of following.
They know have a "following" feed and a "trending" feed you can switch between.