Instagram users, who miss the reverse-chronological feed, may receive a newer way to observe the latest videos and pictures from the persons who they follow. Instagram has been spotted privately prototyping a “Recent Posts” feature. It also appears as a pop-up over the principal feed and brings the users to an exceptional area revealing the newest content from the network.
For now, it doesn’t seem like a full-fledged “Most Recent” reverse-chronological feed option like that Facebook has for their Newsfeed. However, if launched, the Latest Posts could aid in satisfying the users who want to make sure that they have not missed anything or want to know what’s going on at that moment.
This prototype was discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, who is an expert in reverse engineering and provides tips to the TechCrunch on scores on newer features in growing by the tech giants. She generated the screenshots above from the codes of the Android apps of Instagram.
In the mid-2016, Instagram switched away from the reverse-chronological feed revealing the posts of the people whom you follow for decency. But, instead, it forced all the users to scroll through the algorithmic feed of what that thinks you will prefer most, ranked based on who and which kind of content you interact with the most. It caused a notable backlash, and some users thought that they were missing some posts. But since the algorithmic feeds tend to enhance the engagement by making sure the first posts that you see are usually related, Instagram gave its users no way to switch back.