algorithmic feed

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algorithmic feed (AKA algorithm-driven feed or just algorithm feed) is a more correct term for the "algorithmic timeline" lie, and an increasingly common feature on social media silos such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, where they show only some posts from your followings, as well as show some posts only hours or days after they were posted, thus not in chronological order.

How to turn off

So far only Twitter has an option for turning off the algorithmic feed and switching back to a chronological feed.

you can just toggle off the "Show me the best tweets" option in the settings menu if you don't want to see it at all.

More at:

One can also use a Twitter search query for filter:follows -filter:replies and click the "Latest" tab to get a non-algorithmic Twitter timeline somewhat similar to their original incarnation.

2018-09-17 The Verge reported that Twitter will soon let you switch between chronological and ranked feeds and included a link to a viral Tweet about muting a variety of terms to be able to manually modify one's Twitter timeline. Some of these terms include:

  • suggest_recap
  • suggest_who_to_follow
  • suggest_activity
  • suggest_activity_tweet
  • suggest_recycled_tweet_inline
  • suggest_recycled_tweet
  • suggest_grouped_tweet_hashtag

Silo Examples

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Facebook "has had some form of an algorithmic News Feed since 2011."[1]

See Facebook Algorithm


Twitter started switching to an algorithmic feed in 2016 February.


Instagram has supported an algorithmic followings feed since 2016 when it was announced and a few months later rolled out to most users, presumably subsequently all users.

See Also

    • "I really dislike the unpredictability of “algorithmic” feeds like Facebook’s newsfeed and Instagram’s. It’s stressful, and here’s why:

      * if I open Instagram and scroll past something without seeing who posted it, it’s really hard to find that post again" @hondanhon March 16, 2018
    • "- What do we want ?
      - A chronological instagram feed !
      - When do we want it ?
      - 2 hours ago !
      - 18 hours ago !
      - Sponsored post !
      - 43 minutes ago !
      - 2 hours ago !
      - Sponsored post !
      - 15 minutes ago !
      - Account suggestion !
      - 1 hour ago !
      - 15 hours ago !
      - Sponsored post !" @Bluecookie March 15, 2018
  • 2018-03-21
    • "These two trends overlap at the level of the algorithms that shape our digital content consumption. Opaque social media algorithms get to decide, to an ever-increasing extent, which articles we read, who we keep in touch with, whose opinions we read, whose feedback we get" @fchollet March 21, 2018
  • 2018-03-21
    • "Integrated over many years of exposure, the algorithmic curation of the information we consume gives the systems in charge considerable power over our lives, over who we become. By moving our lives to the digital realm, we become vulnerable to that which rules it -- AI algorithms" @fchollet March 21, 2018
  • 2018-03-22 The Verge: If Facebook controls your mind, so do a lot of other tech companies
    … François Chollet, an artificial intelligence researcher at Google…

    … Chollet argues that Facebook is capable of “mass population control”… because our lives are increasingly lived online, and that gives Facebook massive power to guide what we see.
  • 2018-04-02 Benedict Evans: The death of the newsfeed
    This is the logic that led Facebook inexorably to the ‘algorithmic feed’ ... though, this approach has two problems. First, getting that sample ‘right’ is very hard, and beset by all sorts of conceptual challenges. But second, even if it’s a sucessful [sic] sample, it’s still a sample.
  • chronological feed