Instagram may change its reverse-chronological feed to an algorithm-based feed

Since it was launched, Instagram has shown users a feed of images in reverse chronological order. But it’s testing an algorithm-based feed that’s similar to what’s used by its parent company Facebook, Mike Isaac reports. As for how this feed could work, Isaac writes: “That could mean that if your best friend posted a photo of her new Bernese mountain dog’s puppies five hours ago while you were on a flight without Internet connectivity, Instagram might place that image at the top of your feed the next time you open the app. Based on your history of interaction with that friend, Instagram knows you probably would not want to miss that picture.”

+ Earlier: Twitter was expected to introduce a similar algorithmic timeline last month, and introduced its “While You Were Away” feature that shows users a collection of recommended tweets when they’ve been away for a period of time