INSTAGRAM is preparing a major change to its infamous grip that could give you more power over your profile.
The photo sharing app is apparently testing a new option that lets users customise the order of posts.
At the moment, everything is shown in chronological order, so your most recent posts appear first.
But according to a feature leaker, that could be about to change, in what would be a significant shift for Instagram in its 11 year history.
Screenshots reveal that the Meta-owned platform is exploring an ‘edit grid’ tool.
This would allow people to choose the order in which their posts appear.
It’s not clear at this stage whether Instagram is planning to make the feature available to everyone.
But given app bosses have already confirmed they are bringing back the chronological feed, it’s not impossible.
In a grilling from US lawmakers, boss Adam Mosseri revealed the feature has been in development for months and that they’re aiming to launch it early next year.
Instagram originally showed snaps chronologically in the main feed when it launched in 2010 but years later decided to use algorithms instead.
The algorithms work out what they think you’ll like most and pops it at the top of your feed, based on how you interact with other stuff in the app.
Meanwhile, techies are also testing profile statuses, to let people know what you’re up to.
So it seems Instagram is open to a range of big changes in order to keep users happy.
The app is part of Mark Zuckerberg’s tech empire, which recently changed its company name from Facebook to Meta.
It’s all part of the billionaire’s masterplan to create a next-gen “metaverse” internet, a potentially infinite virtual world.
The firm recently announced plans to hire an additional 10,000 staff to work on the metaverse.
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