It may seem like I’m beating a dead horse here by constantly talking about social media innovations, but Mark Twain once said “write what you know,” and if there’s one thing I know from posting tweets and Instagram Stories all day, it’s social media innovations.
Tell me, how many times has this happened to you: You open up Instagram and at the top of your feed is a cool interesting post that you’re excited to look at, but before you even get the chance, it disappears as the app refreshes and the entire feed is changed. You’re left hurt and confused, wondering who even posted that dog photo, or if you’ll ever get the opportunity to see that meme again. It was the cruel reality of Instagram for quite some time.
HOWEVER, good things may finally be taking place in the world, because the folks over at Instagram might have found a solution to this problem! “New Posts” is here, and hopefully it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The way it works is pretty simple: rather than immediately refreshing your feed when you open the app, it leaves you where you were in the scroll, but gives you the option to click the button, which will then bring you to the top and refresh the feed with new posts. It’s the optionality that is key.
It may not be the chronological feed that everyone is asking for, but it is a step in that direction, as the new posts do seem to be newer, even if they’re not in a true chronological order.
As the world evolves and technology progresses, there are always going to be things to improve on, in everything, not just social media apps. But with how prevalent they are in our day to day lives now, and the fact that now so many careers rely on the function and ease of these social networks, the improvements they make can change lives. So maybe I’m being just a little too grandiose in discussing such a small feature, but small splashes can make big ripples.