Instagram to ditch chronological user feed for ‘interest’ based one

admin   •   March 17, 2016   •   2273

Instagram is shown displayed on an Apple ipad in Encinitas, California August 14, 2013. REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE

Instagram is shown displayed on an Apple ipad in Encinitas, California August 14, 2013.
REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE

Facebook Inc’s picture-sharing app Instagram said it is reshuffling feeds to display curated content that users would ‘care’ about first.

The sequence of posts would be based on the likelihood of interest in the content, the user’s relationship with the person or timeliness of the post, Instagram said in a blog post.

On an average, users miss 70 percent of their feeds, Instagram added.

Instagram is the latest addition to the growing list of social media platforms reorganizing user feed to draw better attention from users.

Twitter Inc, in February, jumped on the feed customization bandwagon and let go of uniformly displaying tweets in reverse chronological order.

Facebook’s feed also displays content in a similar algorithmic fashion based upon user interests.

The widely used photo-sharing app’s decision to move away from its time-based feed could rid it of one prime feature – showing real-time content.

Technology blogger Techcrunch argues that users would have to worry about making their posts good enough to be chosen by the algorithm or their posts could be de-prioritized.

Instagram said the change in the feed for users would roll out in the coming months.

(Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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Facebook overhauls messaging as it pivots to privacy

Robie de Guzman   •   May 1, 2019

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a series of changes to the firm’s portfolio of social platforms, including Instagram and Whatsapp.

The new designs and features for its apps are a direct response to widespread criticism of how the firm protects user data.

Zuckerberg said the company plans to put privacy first.

He acknowledged that there was much to do to rebuild trust.

In a speech to developers, Zuckerberg described the firm’s new focus on privacy as “a major shift” in how the company is run.

“As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever, so that’s why I believe that the future is private. This is the next chapter for our services,” Zuckerberg said.

Some of the more visible changes to those who use the firm’s products will include:

Messages sent via messenger will be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning Facebook itself won’t see the contents, and the platform will be fully integrated with Whatsapp.

Instagram is trialing a “private like counts” feature which would hide the “likes” a post attracts from viewers, but not the account owner.

A whatsapp secure payment service trialled in India is set to be rolled out to other countries later this year.

“It’s going to take time, I’m sure we are going to keep unearthing old issues for a while, so it may feel like we are not making progress at first but I think that we have shown time and time again as a company that we can do what it takes to evolve and build the products that people want,” Zuckerberg said.

Other Facebook executives introduced changes within the Messenger and Instagram apps aimed at helping businesses connect with customers, including appointment booking and enhanced shopping features, as well as a tool to lure customers into direct conversations with companies via ads. (REUTERS)

Facebook explains outage on Twitter

Marje Pelayo   •   March 14, 2019

Social network giant Facebook turned to Twitter to explain why its apps experienced outages around the world on Wednesday (March 13).

The outages affected people in different parts of the world as other platforms owned by the tech giant also went down including WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram,

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” Facebook tweeted.

Facebook denounced, however, that the outages were due to attacks by hackers specifically the distributed denial-of-service (DDos).

“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack,” it said in another tweet. – Marje Pelayo

New York bar serves up gold-dusted chicken wings

admin   •   June 12, 2018

Golden Chicken Wings on plate. Image grab from Reuters video

A New York restaurateur hopes to strike gold with foodies by elevating the chicken wing by dressing it up in the shimmering precious metal.

Two Manhattan locations of “The Ainstworth” are now selling 24-karat gold dusted chicken wings, which adds “the right touch” to the beloved bar food staple, said owner Brian Mazza.

“I felt like gold would be great to pop on Instagram and gold is you know in. A lot of people are wearing gold now,” he said.

Despite its extravagant exterior, the preparation of the wings is rather conventional, involving brining, frying and tossing it in a honey-chipotle sauce.

“After that process then our chef has the magic touch and then puts the gold on,” Mazza explained.

An Instagram-worthy snap of the glittery wings doesn’t come cheap. The bar sells 10 wings for $45 (USD), 20 wings for $90 at its Chelsea and East Village Locations. For deep-pocketed guests, the bar also offers a special package for $1,000, which will get you 50 wings plus a bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac owned by Jay-Z. — Reuters

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