In 2016, Instagram turned off the ability to display new posts in chronological order, claiming that users were missing many posts, even those posted by their close connections.
The algorithmic home feed took over, and it has been dictating what Instagram users see until now. After more than five years and many heated discussions about how the algorithmic home feed works, the ability to display new posts in chronological order is finally back.
“We want you to be able to shape Instagram into the best possible experience, and giving you ways to quickly see what you’re most interested in is an important step in that direction,” writes Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, in a blog post.
The decision to bring back the chronological feed comes after last year’s Senate hearing, during which Mosseri was asked if he believed users should be able to use the app without being manipulated by algorithms. The hearing prompted Instagram to say that it would give its users more freedom, and the social network has finally delivered on that promise.
In addition to the chronological feed, there’s now also a new favorites feed option, which shows the latest posts from a list of chosen accounts.
To activate the chronological and favorites feeds:
- Launch the Instagram app on your smartphone.
- Tap the Instagram logo in the top left corner.
- Choose Following to see posts in chronological order or Favorites to see the latest posts from chosen accounts.
Unfortunately, the change doesn’t stick, which means that Instagram’s algorithmic feed will be back every time you reopen the Instagram app.
Another limitation is that it’s not possible to see Stories from the chronological and favorites feeds, making them feel somewhat inferior to the algorithmic feed, and that’s probably exactly how Instagram wants it to feel in order to steer its users toward the default experience.
UAE Comes Out Strongly In Guinness World Records 2023
Guinness, the renowned cataloger of record-breaking events, has released its latest annual, after sifting through 40,000 applications — and the Arab world is heavily featured.
Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking global achievements, has just announced its latest release, “Guinness World Records 2023 (GWR2023),” which will be available online and in physical stores across the Arab region from today.
As usual, GWR 2023 features all of the latest achievements from around the world (and space!), with special features and updated graphics to bring the stories to life.
So why the interest in the latest Guinness installment? Well, it turns out the Arab Region is strongly represented in the book, with more than 50 records featured in the new edition, which is no mean feat considering the volume of competition.
“We’ve sifted through nearly 40,000 record applications over the past year to bring you Guinness World Records 2023. People from all walks of life continue to be fascinated by extremes, and we’ve received claims from across the planet – indeed, even from space! This is why I’ve said the new edition is out of this world,” says Craig Glenday, Guinness Editor in Chief.
Of interest to readers of this platform, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates both get to flex their record-breaking muscles.
Saudi Arabia claims the title of “Largest LED Structure and Suspended Ornament” courtesy of the Noor Riyadh Festival, as well as other weird and wonderful titles, including the “Largest Lego Formula 1 Car”, as well as perhaps more prestigious honors, such as “Largest Mirrored Building”, “Largest Clock Face”, “Tallest Lighthouse” and the “Largest Geodesic Dome”.
Not to be outdone, the UAE has claimed several humanitarian record-breaking titles, including the “Longest Video Livestream” (by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and pan Arab influencer Hassan Suleiman), the “Largest Donation for Medical Treatment”, and the “Most Awareness Ribbons Made in One Hour”.
On the tech front, the UAE also claims several prestigious firsts, including “First 3D-Printed Laboratory”, while the world-renowned Burj Khalifa hangs on to its title of “World’s Tallest Building”.