Instagram has changed their algorithm again.
Now they are said to be hiding some posts, so they don’t appear in feeds.
I’ve noticed that I don’t see as many photos in my feed anymore (at least from people I follow directly, I have noticed an increase in branded content, and photos I may like). Also likes seem to be way down.
When you post something on Instagram, it may only be exposed to 10% of your audience. I believe this would mean that it gauges the interest of your audience to determine whether or not it should be shown to the rest of your followers. If your brand new post gets enough engagement right off the bat, it would then be released and shown to the remaining 90%. So if you’ve been wondering why one post gets 1/10 of the engagement of another post, this could be why.
This seems to be aimed more at marketers, get them to buy advertising, however its effecting ordinary accounts to.
Its a shame that there can’t be a popular service that just lets things go in chronological order. Flickr still does this, though I and many others I follow haven’t been active there for a while. Flickr was also more of a photo dump with hundreds to look at. What attracted me to Instagram was the one photo to represent the moment, presented nicely (filters). Now its a crowded out, with slide for multiple images and more focus on who else you might be interested in rather than presenting whats I have chosen to follow.
Please, I don’t mind advertising, I just want a chronological order feed of photos from the people I have chosen to follow.