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Instagram is (almost) giving us the fix we’ve been asking for

The solution we've been asking for, sorta.


Phillip Tracy


Posted on Mar 22, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 8:54 pm CDT

You’re swiping through Instagram and come across a hilarious meme you want to send to your friend. But moments before your thumb can tap the “Send to” button, your screen refreshes. Just like that, it’s gone. That gem you’ve been scanning for the last hour disappears into oblivion, and you don’t have the mental or emotional strength to hunt for it again.

If this has happened to you before, we’ve got good news. Instagram has responded to your raging complaints and will no longer randomly refresh your feed. If you want to see the latest content, you’ll need to press a newly added “New Posts” button. This will take you to the newest posts at the top of your feed.

“With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up,” the company said in a blog post.

Instagram is also changing how posts appear in the feed. It wants to make sure the newest posts are most likely to appear at the top. Don’t get too excited. This isn’t the chronological timeline we’ve all been begging to have back, but it’s a start.

Instagram said it would start “testing” the changes today, so expect to see an app update soon.

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*First Published: Mar 22, 2018, 6:10 pm CDT