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Technology Instagram is removing its 'Following' activity tab

22:35  07 october  2019
22:35  07 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Moving forward, the app is removing its " Following " tab , reports Buzzfeed News. If you' re unfamiliar with the feature, it displays new likes It also shows any new accounts they may have added to their feed. It's accessible through the heart tab , which is the same part of Instagram 's interface where you

Instagram is discontinuing its Following Activity tab , a feature that let people easily see which posts their friends were liking. The tab will be removed with an update that will begin rolling out on Monday, an Instagram spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.

Starting this week, Instagram will sunset one of its more infamous -- though lesser-known -- features. Moving forward, the app is removing its "Following" tab, reports Buzzfeed News. If you're unfamiliar with the feature, it displays new likes and comments from people you follow. It also shows any new accounts they may have added to their feed. It's accessible through the heart tab, which is the same part of Instagram's interface where you see likes and new followers for your account.

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For better worse, a lot of people found out a bit too much about their friends' interests through the following tab. On the one hand, you could see all the great doggos your friends follow. On the other hand, you could see all the Instagram models they like as well. It was not a good scene.

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" Instagram launched its “ Following ” tab as an early feature back in 2011, long before its Explore tab debuted. “People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing. So you have a case where it’s not serving Instagram will be removing the following tab for all users over the course of this week.

The Following Activity tab is an Instagram feature that has been around since 2011, according to BuzzFeed News. It was introduced to the app as a way That same day, the company told BuzzFeed News that it 's removing the feature altogether in an effort to make the app as easy-to-use as possible.

Instagram's Vishal Shah told Buzzfeed News the company is removing the feature because it wasn't getting a lot of use. "People didn't always know that their activity is surfacing," Shah told the website. "So you have a case where it's not serving the use case you built if for, but it's also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up." He went on to add, "Simplicity was the driving factor."

Instagram first added "Following" back in 2011. However, as a way to discover new accounts and photos, the app's "Discover" tab does a much better job of surfacing interesting content.

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