Instagram’s feed isn’t in a chronological order, so it becomes difficult to know if you’ve caught up with the latest images and stories shared by your friends. This of course leads to a never-ending scrolling session that can ultimately take up a lot of time. To help with that, Instagram is testing a new feature that will notify users, as soon as they are up-to date with all the recent posts.
As reported by TechCrunch, once a user has seen all the posts from their friends, shared in the last 48 hours, the app will display a mid-feed banner saying, “You’re all caught up, you’ve seen all new posts from the past 48 hours”. This feature will not only assure users that they have seen everything they need to, but will also help them cut down the usage of the app to some extent.
The new feature will also help reduce the backlash Instagram has gotten for sticking to its algorithmic feed, instead of replacing it with a chronological one. Although the feature was confirmed by Instagram, it did not share any additional information as to when it plans on rolling it out.
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A week ago, it was reported that Instagram is also working on a new feature, which gives users insight on how much time they spend on the app. Both new features seem to be a move towards the growing concern around technology. Similarly, Facebook and Google have also been adding features that help users address their screen addiction and cut down the usage of their devices.