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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  • Not a fan.

    I've pretty much stopped using Facebook when they implemented this silliness. Not even using any of the official Twitter apps anymore either (using a 3rd party app that shows chronological tweets instead).

    I live in CA but follow a lot of people in Europe, when I scroll through my feed I want to see them all clumped together and not sprinkled in between the rides form my friends here in CA.

    One can't really complain about Facebook and Twitter services because they are free, however I'm a paid customer of Strava, so I expect you guys to do the right thing and keep including a chronological order for your paying customers.

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  • What a shame, Strava started out so great and has just been becoming more and more like Facebook with every update. I wouldn't be surprised if soon we'll get bombarded with adverts and have to pay to promote our activities.

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  • Agree with many above. Chronological order really must be an option. Also be really helpful if KOM or 2-10 position is listed with a little icon in the ride bar rather than 34 cups that could just be a load of 3 rd fastest times.

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  • Please give us the ability to view the feed either chronologically or in the new way.

    I'm not a fan of feeds that aren't chronological, I never know what I've seen and what I've missed.

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  • Not a fan and an unwelcome update:

    • I spend more time trying to find an activity that I want to see
    • Activities from people I maybe don't care about as much seem to find their way to the to the top. The algorithm is wonky.
    • At a minimum if you want to move to algorithm-based sorting, offer a choice of how to sort or assign 'priority' athletes I want to see first

    I hate this in FB, Instagram and now Strava.  Don't follow that path! Give users an option of how they want to view and sort their feed.

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  • I'd like the option to have it chronological. It's been driving me nuts that it's not and I thought it was a bug and hoping it would be fixed with the next app update. I am missing stuff because I get to an activity I've already "kudosed" or commented on and assume I'm up to where I was last time I looked. How does an activity get into your feed if noone sees it in the first place? Activities would become popular because your algorithms have decided to show them on feeds. Not because they really are. Unless I'm completely missing the point. I've had the same issue/conplaint with FB and Instagram. At least FB still has an option to view newest posts. What if I am interested in something I've discussed with a friend but noone else is? Will I have to check each friend's personal feed? Please, please have the feed order as personal choice.

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  • I applaud the efforts to change up my Strava feed. I would like to see less (to no) virtual/Zwift/trainer rides; I don't care if someone joins a Strava challenge; and I'd rather not sift through a bunch of commutes. It's not that I don't value those activities, but they clog my feed and make acknowledging others extraordinary achievements difficult. Can you create a feature to turn off certain items I. The activity feed?

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  • Please keep the chronological option, don't become like Facebook and Twitter!

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  • You people are seriously working on losing another premium subscriber. Why do you get to decide what I think is important? How do you know that the little old man living down the street riding 10 miles (and the conversation it generates) is less important to me than a gear head friend riding 100 miles? Stop fixing what ain't broken and give us stuff we've been asking about for years, like private messaging and the ability to start our week on Sundays...

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  • You say " missing the so-called “kudos window” - oh please, must Strava too pander to all the narcissists?   I echo all the posts wishing to keep the chronological order of activities as an option. The option to filter out all the challenges folks have joined too would un-clutter my feed too.

    Feed inspiration, not egoism. 

    There's sill lots of missing sport options, you've so many more static activities (Stair Stepper, Eliptical, Weight training, Virtual Ride etc) and still no Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Volleyball etc.  

    Strava is missing the ball in many ways. 

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  • Please don't decide for me what is more interesting. It sounds really messy. Do most Strava users follow that many athletes that this will actually make any sense? I have no problem scrolling down until reaching activities I have seen before. Seeing which of my friends were active today, yesterday, and so on makes a lot of sense for a social training log. 

    In this way you would show me a prominent athlete with lots of kudos & comments over, say, my best friend who just ran one of her rare and minimally logged runs - which I never never want to miss so I can give her kudos and a comment. 

    I can see that I will be scrolling up and down but never be quite sure I don't miss my good friend's activity. Perhaps I'll unfollow the more profiled athletes, just to clean my feed up.  

    I'm also very uninterested in challenges etc. showing up in the feed, especially the ones I join myself that are auto-posted. So +1 to a filter feature for that. 

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  • If this becomes like Facebook, you're going to lose me. I can use chron order and I check often enough that when I get to a certain point, I don't need to scroll further down. On FB, I often miss things I would like to see because some dumb algorithm has decided I don't want/need to see it. I would like the option to filter out trainer rides, idiotic Zwift pictures (Really? The back of an avatar? No thanks.), and challenge enrollments. 

    There are a lot more enhancements I'd rather have than this one. My guess is you're responding to people who follow EVERYONE, but only really want to see their friends. That's their problem. Why force this on everyone else?

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  • I hate it. Please give an option.

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  • I would also like to keep feeds in a chronological order or at least have this option, also it would be helpful to be able to omit challlenges. I use Zwift as I'm still recovering from a badly broken wrist and have found this very helpful and appreciate being able to view friends Zwift rides.

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  • I much prefer the old-style chronological feed.  This should still be an option.  As a Premium member, I don't want to pay for a service that forces you into social-media style curated content/ordering.  I will decide what is important to me!  

    Whilst I'm at it, I also hate the 'Suggested Athletes' that now appears in the feed.  It's not so bad on the web version, but on the iOS app, it takes up far too much room.  This sort of thing should be part of the Profile screen.  

    I will be thinking twice before renewing my premium membership next time...

     

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  • Agree this needs to be optional. Also having the ability to filter the feed would be great, I especially find the notice of people going clubs useless. 

    Given all the other enhancements asked for (especially the one to allow the week to start on other then a Monday) that have gone unimplemented or even addressed I would think Strava's resources could be better spent. 

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  • Give me the option to keep my feed chronological. Do not default to this - make sure there is choice.

    Otherwise, you have gone the way of facebook and will lose me if not others.

     

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  • Just because it's 2017 doesn't mean everything has to have a goddamn algorithm attached to it. Just let the feed do its job, chronologically. No one wants this.

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  • No.  I want my posts in chronological order, not whatever order you think I want.  If you must implement it, please have an option to leave things chronological.

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  • One of the main reasons I miss my friends activities is that my feed is spammed with challenge notifcations each month. Lots of people asking for that to be turned off or at least selectable yet nothing has been done. I hate having any sort of social media feed as Most Popular first. Lots of people asking for default activity names to revert back to the original Time and Location rather than Morning ride. Why keep forcing things on people without an option to turn it on or off.

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  • This would be simply terrible. It would not be an improvement and not a feature that would support paying for premium. ....Please allow the choice of feed including chronological order.

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  • Please don't do this.  This sort of self promoting algorithm C**P is why I hate Facebook so much.  I want to see all the mundane things the people I am following do.  I don't want to just see a highlights real of the biggest self promoters.

    Please leave it as chronological timeline and let people search and discover the fantastic achievements.   That is what makes it special. Not because your algorithm threw it under their nose. 

    Also what happened to "commuting counts", I assume smaller distance regular commutes will be just sent to the bottom.......

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  • And ironically, this comments section can be sorted by date or number of votes!

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  • Facebook, Instagram and now Strava. Booo! Carry on being followed, don't become a follower!

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  • I agree with so many others. I prefer chronological. Please make this optional.

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  • May we please have the option of keeping the chronological order? I find the idea of someone else deciding what I find important to be simply abhorrent.

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  • Make this optional please.

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  • How about adding actual new features like supporting power meters for running, real swimming activities, addressing totally unrealistic cr's without me having to flag obvious bike rides, ensuring my run matches my watch for time and diatance, etc rather than wasting time and dev energy rearranging the feed and destroying it?

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  • Chiming in: Please make this an *option* so we can still see things chronologically

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  • Leave it alone or make sure I have the option to keep it chronological. It looks like I am in agreement with most of the rest of the posts. We'll see if the feedback you requested means anything. I'm a big boy, I don't need Strava making decisions on what I want to see. Premium member.

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