Instagram Design & Update

Instagram Trials Reverse Chronological ‘Latest Posts’ Feature

Savan Francis
Savan Francis/February 26, 2020

Facebook-owned Instagram is working on the “Latest Posts” feature to help users catch up on feed posts. ‘Latest posts’ on Instagram is a section developed for users to catch up on the recent posts they missed out.

Back in 2016, the platform replaced the chronological ordering of posts by Instagram’s own algorithm-driven formula. Now a “Latest Posts” feature has been spotted in the app where users can see the most recent posts first. The “latest Posts” tool was recently spotted by developer Jane Manchun Wong.

Instagram has now confirmed the authenticity of the prototype with a spokesperson said that “This early prototype is from a recent hackathon – it is not available to anyone publicly, and we have no plans to test or launch it at this time.” 

Users can see a pop-up over the main feed. While selecting the ‘see posts’ button, users will be directed to a special area showing the newest content that hasn’t been seen or, liked yet. This section relies on reverse-chronological order than an algorithm to display posts.

Earlier, Instagram came up with “You’re All Caught Up ” message when you have gone through every post from the last two days. This notification is still available to users but others will not get to know if they’ve viewed all posts.

It seems Instagram is after other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter as they’ve already started following reverse-chronological order.

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