As news of Instagram’s planned changes roils through social media, the uproar from angry users continues to grow.
The popular photo-sharing app announced recently that it plans to implement a new algorithm to its site that will give higher priority to posts it believes people will care most about, instead of always showing the most recent posts first. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, says adopting the more Facebook-like algorithm will help declutter people’s feeds. But many users like their Instagram feeds the way they are.
The Internet is abuzz with rumors that the new system goes into effect tomorrow, but Instagram tells CBS News those rumors are not true.
“There are still weeks, or even months, of testing to come before we roll this out more broadly. Currently the test groups are very small. We will let the community know before any changes are made,” a spokesman said via email.
Nevertheless, many users, including singer-songwriter John Mayer, have taken to Instagram to express their ire about the proposed changes. Mayer stated that the chronological feed is necessary to help artists stay relevant on the platform and questioned how an algorithm could better predict his ever-changing tastes and interests.
This one’s for the artists and designers I’ve found on Instagram and come to “know” via my feed. @craig.gleason @tittybats @wizardskull @corpsetits @tina_lugo13 @pizza.wulf @soeymilk @stayhomeclubofficial @jaugurdesign #keepinstagramweird #instagram @instagram
A photo posted by johnmayer (@johnmayer) on Mar 17, 2016 at 11:03am PDT
Kendall Jenner echoed that sentiment in a tweet, urging Instagram: “Don’t fix something that isn’t broken.”
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) March 28, 2016
Meanwhile, many Instagram users are promoting a workaround for the algorithm: turn on push notifications.
Instagram users are posting pictures featuring the hastag #turnmeon, asking followers to turn on push notifications so that they will receive an alert every time the person posts an update to the site.
By now you’ve seen countless posts of bloggers, brands, and businesses asking you to turn on notifications for their post. Notifications are annoying and I probably won’t turn on my notifications, so it would be pretty hypocritical of me to ask you to do the same. So if you like my posts and want to see them when I post, then turn on the notifications. But if you don’t want want the constant reminders, don’t turn on the notifications. You won’t hurt my feelings. #turnmeon #instagramischanging
A photo posted by Lindsey (@followtheruels) on Mar 28, 2016 at 10:24am PDT
I know I know you don’t need to say anything .. Instagram is changing and Bla Bla Bla .. I think this is a good period for all of us to think about how bad we made Instagram and socials with so many bad comments and free hate for everyone, and most important this is a chance to think about what’s important, friends family and love.. but don’t get me wrong, I still want to see your stories my friends, so if you want to see mine “turn me on” and comment Done, and I’ll check out your pages and turn yours on as well! 💪🏻❤I know theres a lot of love out there! Lets rock this world! #Love #Life #TurnMeOn #SpreadTheLove
A photo posted by Mariano Di Vaio (@marianodivaio) on Mar 28, 2016 at 6:28am PDT
Halo.. Mulai besok Instagram ada perubahan timeline. Jadi jangan lupa TURN ON NOTIFICATION INSTAGRAM nya @zima.beauty.center , untuk tetap update postingan2 dari @zima.beauty.center . caranya : 1. Buka / Klik akun instagram @zima.beauty.center 2. Klik titik 3 di pojok kanan atas akun instagram @zima.beauty.center 3. Pilih TURN ON NOTIFICATION / AKTIFKAN PEMBERITAHUAN KIRIMAN 4. Selesai makasii ^_^ #turnuson #turnmeon #turnonnotification #aktifkanpemberitahuankiriman #aktifkanpemberitahuan #notifikasikiriman
A photo posted by THAILAND SKINCARE ORI MURAH (@zima.beauty.center) on Mar 28, 2016 at 8:59am PDT