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Feedback for the updated Strava feed

We are excited to share with you a project that we've been working on for the past year - a new way to experience the Strava feed.

The feedback you've been sharing with us about better ways to sort and filter the feed has not gone unnoticed. The feed fuels the power of our community and is where athletes inspire and interact with each other. We discovered that on average Strava athletes miss almost 60% of the content in their feed every day. Strava's new feed presents a non-chronological ordering of activities based on characteristics we think are most valuable to you. 

Here's how it works:

When you refresh your feed, any content you haven't seen before will be at the top of the feed, above activities you've already seen. The order in which these new items appear is based on a learning algorithm that uses your past behavior to gauge whether you'll find content interesting. Comment a lot on your sister's activities? Her items will be ranked highly for you. Your friend just ran their best time for a 10K? That will get promoted as well. The algorithm will continue to evolve over time, learning as you use it. We won't hide any activities from you - they'll all be in your feed, just in a different order designed to ensure you don't miss the items that matter most to you. You can read more on our blog.

We will be slowly releasing the new feed over the coming weeks, along with close monitoring of performance and your feedback. You are welcome to add to the discussion below or contact us directly by submitting a ticket. 

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  • When you join Strava on the desktop/PC version (not the app), you set your settings and your profile. It asks if you are a "cyclist" or a "runner". I'm a "runner" and I notice most of the people with the issue of the new setting are "cyclist". I still have the chronological setting. I wonder if they only rolled this feature out to cyclist and not runners?  I have wondered this for more than a month and have been hesitant to say anything in the fears that if I wrote this, they would then go in and mess up my feed like they have yours.
    Anyway, all of this is to say, I wonder if you cyclists went in to your profile settings and switched to "runner" if that would fix your feed.

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  • The updated Strava feed has been released to our entire community. Strava's new feed will present a non-chronological ordering of activities based on what we think is most interesting to you. More information can be found in our knowledge base

    We used the findings from this research to fuel discussions on how the feed experience should evolve to be more personalized for every athlete. Creating the most personal and useful feed experience for every Strava athlete is a never-ending goal, and we want to be sure the improvements we make are rooted in research.

    To better communicate your feedback to the Strava team, we've created a survey to track your experiences. We’d love to hear what you think about these changes and we will be listening carefully to our community’s reactions. Thanks! 

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  • Well what do you know, after all this bitching about how algo driven feed for moronic Strava finally makes it optional.

    It should have been optional from the beginning.

    Who imposes a particular feed format on an entire group? Especially when it's a silly thing intending on making your see certain things.

    One thing I'm finally glad to be rid of, algo feed is stupid.

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  • LOUD NOISES. However, I also agree with OP.

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  • We've been following the comments posted here as we continue to work on the new feed. In order to gather a bit more information, we've also designed a survey that you are welcome to take to help our engineers understand how the new feed is or isn't working for you. Thanks for your participation: https://goo.gl/forms/QRDKxi7rmoz95pa43

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  • Great work continuing to develop and add new features.  +1 from me on adding an option to toggle between chronological/featured activities on the feed.

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  • Hey all, thanks for sharing your feedback so far. This new feed is only turned on for a small part our membership, so if you are in that select group at the moment I hope you've spent some time getting to know how the new feed works.

    For example, if you are someone who likes to check their Strava feed multiple times a day, your feed will be closer to chronological as we only reorder the items that are new since the last time you viewed your feed. If you are someone that only checks the feed once every few days, we hope to quickly catch you up on the most interesting activities first. The algorithm will learn about what you find most interesting as you interact with the feed.

    This concept of an algorithmic feed is not unique to Strava as many of you have experienced something similar on another program. But, we've done our best to design the feed to honor Strava's unique qualities. The concept may sound familiar, but our implementation aims to hold true to our community, and improve the Strava experience for you.

    We are monitoring your comments and will regroup to see how this feature is doing before we proceed.

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  • Why can't the route on the map run slower, so you can see in a bit more detail, the route taken.

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  • John and Andrew, and others. Sorry it took me so long to respond. See the pinned comment on page 1. 

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  • Great improvment..good job Guys.

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  • Great idea, can we toggle between chronological and "epic" modes like facebook? Also can you add a way of uploading photos to Strava through the strava website? I'm "disadvantaged" by having Windows Phone and unable to add my pics to a ride :(

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  • I was thinking something like this would be nice, as I often upload big, impressive rides a few days after the event - and feel a bit deflated at the lack of Kudos.

    Is it just me, or is there no way to turn off seeing Zwift "rides" and commutes in my feed? That would also be nice.

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  • Very welcome improvement! Sometimes is impossible to check my local friends activities because is too down.

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