Gruber comments on the WSJ article Instagram Is Turning Into Facebook, and That’s Bad:
I really do enjoy using Instagram less these days, and it’s precisely for the reasons why I never signed up for Facebook. My biggest complaint is the algorithmic timeline — I truly miss the old timeline where I just saw photos from the people I follow in the order in which they were posted.
When it comes to social networks, my love for Instagram rivaled my love for early-era Twitter. Like Twitter, that love has slowly declined over that last year or so, though for different reasons. The algorithm-based feed being the #1 reason when it comes to Instagram. I followed enough people (but not too many) to make my feed lively, interesting, and real-time feeling. Now, between the algorithm, the ads, the hashtag and follower suggestions, and other elements interspersed with my (non-linear) follower’s photos, it feels super disjointed and much less enjoyable.
BUT, these feelings have also re-ignited my love of blogging, which got me back to using a feed reader, and that all tied in with the launch of micro.blog – so I can’t complain too much.