Instagram Stories Feed Order 2017: Who Shows Up & Why:
The Instagram stories feed order 2017 is a hot topic as Instagram's story feature has only become more popular since its release last year.
While Instagram and Facebook's metrics for determining content order are still a closely guarded secret, there are ways of telling how Instagram is sorting users and content for you.
How Is Instagram's Stories Feed Order Determined?
Instagram uses user activity data from you and those who frequent your account to organize how your personal feed is presented.
Based on several tests, online sources (the Reddit community being the most vocal on the topic), it would seem to suggest that the order of who has viewed your Instagram story boils down to:
1.) Your user activity with other accounts
2.) Other user activity with your account
3.) AND, overall popularity of an Instagram account and story.
Based on several tests, online sources and insight into Instagram's public algorithm data it would seem to suggest that whoever visits your profile the most (not necessarily who likes, comments, or tags you in posts), would also rank higher in story feed priority and under your story viewer lists.
Back in March of 2017 Tech Crunch reported that Instagram would be switching its feed from chronological to best posts first similar to Facebook's algorithm.
Instagram also publically announced back in 2016 that rather than list content and user history in strictly reverse chronological order, it now prioritizes content and other lists “based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post.”
Basically, Instagram mainly sorts the order of story viewers based on the activity of that user with your account. So, even if you have no interaction with a user on Instagram but they still frequently view your profile that user can show up surprisingly at the top of your Instagram story viewers.
Also, if you have more unanswered Instagram questions you can always go directly to the source for answers by going to Instagram's Help Center.
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