Instagram ditches chronological timeline in favour of an algorithm

It's gonna become Facebook essentially

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Ahh, Instagram. Your one stop app for food porn, holiday porn and endless selfies of Louis Tomlinson with various amounts of facial hair - aka facial hair porn, if you will. It's a great way to get your thumb exercise in, isn't it? 

Y'know, what with scrolling down the chronological homepage making sure you don't miss a single post over a 24 hour period being a pretty huge deal.

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Until now, that is, as Instagram have announced they will no longer be showing photos on your timeline by *when* they were posted, but rather as an algorithm - meaning the more *popular* posts and pics you're likely to *like* more will be shown at the top. AGH.

Sharing the news on their website, a spokesperson for the app commented: "To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most.

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The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you'll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we're focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order."

What this hopefully means is that all your visits to Harry Styles' profile wondering whether he'll EVER post a selfie won't count for nothing, and that when he bloody well does, it'll appear at the top of your timeline.

So there's that.

Obviously some Instagram users aren't massively happy about the whole thing, 'cos it's human nature to hate change and that, but providing scrolling through thousands of puppy photos at a time will still be possible, we're half on board*.

*WE SAID HALF ON BOARD DON'T HURT US.

How about you lot? Do you like this idea or what? Discuss with us over on our Twitter or in the comment box below, if y'all feel like it.

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