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New "Recommended for You" Posts Are Coming To Your Instagram Feed
31 December 2017, 03:47 | Frank Carlson
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A new, clearly-labeled "Recommended For You' section will comprise three to five different post options".
Recent reports have revealed that Instagram has quietly introduced a new feature in their app, which introduces posts liked by the users' followers in their feed. Just for information, the "Hide" button can be availed of by taping on the three dots placed at the top of the post.
While you scroll through your Instagram feed, you may now see posts of people that you don't follow.
The change comes shortly after another update also focused on broadening users' access to content beyond what's being posted to those accounts you explicitly follow. The only problem is that the help post says that you can "temporarily hide" these posts, so will we have to constantly hide this feature after its re-enabled by Instagram?
This isn't the first time that Instagram has rolled out a recommended feature, but previously users had to go to the Explore section of the app to find recommended posts and videos.
Instagram had also earlier introduced a feature in which you could follow hashtags. Users need not get it confused with their own home feed. Another noticeable difference is that these "recommended for you" posts will appear directly into your home feed, not in a separate tab. One of the largest one since the company made a decision to switch the standard chronological feed style to algorithmic one along with the introduction of applications.
There's no doubt that there will be a number of users who will not like the "recommended posts" feature.
Much to Instagram's dismay, this change has not been a welcome one for users.
According to the SA Social Media Landscape 2018 study, conducted by brand intelligence organisation Ornico and high-tech market research consultancy World Wide Worx, Instagram is used by 3.8 million South Africans.
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