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Instagram Update: Chronological Order Replaced with 'Caught Up' Test Feature

One of the glorious original features of Instagram was that users could close the app at night. open it back up the next morning and scroll all the way back to the last post they had viewed the night before. It was easy to keep up with—and it was easy for users to ensure they hadn't missed any posts.

All of that changed when Instagram dumped the chronological order feature in March of 2016. Instagram thought it would be good to show users “the moments you care about first,” but instead, the move garnered some serious backlash from users. With almost every update the app has made since ditching chronological order, users have simply asked for one thing: the return of chronological order.

But Instagram may be making a change that, while it doesn’t reinstitute chronological order, tells users when they’ve caught up with the posts they may have missed, Tech Crunch reported. Some lucky Instagram users were chosen to be the guinea pigs for the new update. A few have even tweeted photos of the new feature in their timelines.

With the feature, when users scroll for some time, a message appears in their feed that notifies them that they are caught up, Tech Crunch reported. “You’ve seen all new posts from the past 48 hours,” a screenshot of the message reads.

Not only does the new addition give users a reason to stop scrolling, it also helps to reassure they’ve seen everything they wanted to and haven’t missed any important posts in their feed.

The CEO of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, tweeted that the company is “building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram.” Instagram, however, has not released a blog post about the new feature and could not comment about it to Newsweek. It remained unclear when, or if, the new feature might roll out to users as a whole.

old instagram The Instagram logo is displayed on a tablet on December 20, 2012 in Paris. Instagram is exploring new features to help show users when they've viewed all of the posts on their feeds. Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images

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