How does the popular feed work?

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Popular - how it works? Are there any pictures of the last hours, days? how much I have to have "like this" to be Popular? Does it depend on the number of people that I am follow ? or they follow me?
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Posted 8 years ago

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Photos that have been liked the most number of times the most recently will appear in the popular feed. The photos in this feed are updated constantly.
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That works for popular, but to get "popular" you have to have lots of people following you and to get lots of people following you, you have to follow hundreds of other people or be a mini social celebrity. It would be really great if there was a browse by latest or something similar, I think dribbble does this nicely. I also get a little tired of seeing the same peoples photos in the popular feed.
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Hey Seth, we're constantly working to make the popular feed better. We hope to have better ways of discovering new users/content in future versions. Thanks for your feedback.
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Calophi

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I agree, would love to see a live stream of recent photos being updated.
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Sarah Kelly Lloyd

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Imma check out this Dribble your talkin about....might move there if it has a better format
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Alf Brand

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Would love more time based popular segments, like popular right now, most popular today, most popular this week, etc. I also think an "upcoming" feed would help some of the lesser followed users get their photos discovered.
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"Photos that have been liked the most number of times the most recently will appear in the popular feed" ... Josh is this still valid or something is changed in the algorithm?
Thank you for your greak work with instagram!
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yes, lately it seems that this is not the algorithm.... there are pictures on the popular tab with only 5 likes...
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Shameless plug:

If you're looking for new followers, to increase your Likes over any given period of time, there's a "follow me" thread at the Instagram group on Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/instagram/