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So, a lot of people are getting all worked up about Instagram’s most recent changes to their users’ feeds. Basically what is going on is that the photos and videos that the users you follow share will not be showing up on your feed in chronological order anymore like they normally do.
Instead, they have applied an algorithm-based feed arrangement that puts what they feel you will enjoy seeing the most up toward the top.
Sound familiar? It is. We see this happen with Facebook and Google, even Tumblr.
But a lot of small business owners, artists, and meme accounts that I follow are getting all up in arms about it. This stems out of the fear that their posts won’t show up on anyone’s Instagram feeds anymore because they can’t compete with the bigger guys on Instagram.
To combat this, many of them are asking all of their followers to turn on “post notifications” with the hope that their followers being notified of their posts on their phone’s home screens will force them to see their content every time they unlock their phone. With a view being counted every time a follower opens their phone, their posts might do better than other users’.
I am amazed at how many people have reacted to this already. Post notifications are one of the most annoying things I can think of. How many new posts do you see on Instagram per day? Imagine if every single one of those posts caused your phone to notify you that it has been posted the second it has been posted. And if you open your phone and don’t check, the number of unseen posts on the badge icon will keep adding up.
It is a desperate attempt to keep people viewing certain posts. Honestly, if a popularity-based, non-chronological Instagram feed scares you, it might be time to reassess your approach.
Are your posts personable?
Do they tell a story of some sort?
Are they engaging?
If you have answered no to any of these questions, a reassessment might be in line for you.
If you keep your posts engaging, if you keep them personable and comprehensible to your followers, if they connect to them in any way, this new Instagram feed should not be a problem. With more engagement comes popularity. With more popularity comes better exposure on Instagram. So keep engaging people. Give your followers what they want to see, and you should have no problem.
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