Snapchat, the popular photo story sharing platform, totally redesigned its app. Well, this wasn't taken very well by the user-base resulting in a major outcry in disgust. The app made also made some under-the-hood changes with the update, but it seems the company might pull out at least one change.
One of the most criticized change was the way Snapchat presented the Stories. Instead of showing the Stories in the order they were posted, the app used an algorithm that showed Stories based on user's interest. However, few users are now able to see the Stories in a more chronological order.
This change might be for the better of frequent Snapchats users since reverse-chronological order makes it difficult to find Stories from friends that do not post as frequently as other people. This will definitely be a welcomed change by the users.
While Snapchat tries to win its users back, its arch-rival Instagram is working on a feature that was introduced by Snapchat back in 2015. This won't be the first time Instagram will have something inspired by Snapchat. The new feature will allow Instagram users to create a custom tag using an emoji pattern. This tag can also be generated from an AR-based selfie or a simple page with several color options.
Once the feature is rolled out globally, users will be able to follow other users just by scanning that person's Nametag using app's camera. The process doesn't involve typing or request to follow a person. This will be a useful feature for people trying to build an audience.
Instagram also uses an algorithm that doesn't allow for a chronological timeline. The app's timeline algorithm sorts the feed according to what the app thinks the user would like to see instead of the more logical chronological timeline as before. After, much criticism, Instagram will now show posts in order. Although it still won't be in a chronological order, it would still be better than the current timeline.
Besides, Instagram also announced that its app will have a 'New Posts' button that lets the user manually refresh the feed. This will prevent the automatic refresh of the feed that results in missing out on many updates. Users will now be able to manually refresh the feed without the app doing it for them.