Instagram has been on a roll with implementing new features and the announcement of its latest change is highly anticipated.
What We Know So Far
According to the Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, the company has been working on a version of the feature for months, and when it returns, the chronological feed will be optional for users.
“We want to be clear that we’re creating new options — providing people with more choices so they can decide what works best for them — not switching everyone back to a chronological feed,” Instagram Comms wrote via Twitter. “You can expect more on this early next year!”
Other New Features Being Tested Out
Along with the chronological feed, Instagram is testing out another optional new feature, “Favorites.”
The launch will be “a way for you to decide whose posts you want to see higher up.”
We want to be clear that we’re creating new options — providing people with more choices so they can decide what works best for them — not switching everyone back to a chronological feed. You can expect more on this early next year!
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) December 8, 2021
What's Already Been Released
The social media app’s latest updates follow behind the recent launch of its “Take A Break” feature.
AfroTech previously shared that the feature is designed particularly for the younger demographic. With “Take A Break,” Instagram notifies users with a suggestion to set their reminders for future breaks.
Mosseri describes the feature as a way to “empower people to make informed decisions about how they’re spending their time.”
He continued: “If someone has been scrolling for a certain amount of time, we’ll ask them to take a break from Instagram and suggest that they set reminders to take more breaks in the future.”
When You Can Expect The Chronological Feed To Make A Comeback
Users should expect the chronological feed to make a comeback during the first quarter of 2022.
“We’re currently working on a version of a chronological feed that we hope to launch next year,” Mosseri said.
Prior to the announcement, it’s been more than five years since the company had a chronological feed.