QUICK! Describe your smashed avocado to me?!! Instagram is overrrrr.
Not so much.
In the aftermath of Instagram announcing changes, which will order feeds based on a similar model to Facebook, this past week Instagram users have lost their damn minds. Clogging up most Instagram feeds is a kinda pathetic meme doing the rounds, practically begging followers to “turn on notifications” to keep seeing posts.
Case in point:
So this is interesting – lots of accounts I follow are asking people to turn on notifications because of the changes to the Instagram algorithm. No idea how much the #instagramchanges will affect my day to day use – I am keen to hear how regular instagrammers are feeling about it? Are you worried people won't see your stuff anymore? I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on how it affects my feed/interactions.
Why these people have chosen right now to share these posts is unknown. Instagram has assured users that nothing is in fact changing at the moment. But it’s more then likely come from a chain-reaction effect.
We're listening and we assure you nothing is changing with your feed right now. We promise to let you know when changes roll out broadly.
— Instagram (@instagram) March 28, 2016
Instagram announced earlier this month it would begin trialling showing the “best” posts in feeds first, instead of chronologically, but has said: “All the posts will still be there,” said the company, “just in a different order.”
In a weird, misguided attempt to stay popular, many of these memes have come from Instagram accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers, which in accordance with changes will probably actually benefit from the update- they’ll likely dominate feeds. By making followers turn on notifications, this will send a message to their phone every single time a user posts.
Ain’t nobody got time for that!