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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  • NO NO NO!! Chronological HAS to be kept as the default. I also HATE the stupid Facebook way of doing things.

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  • The switch to an Algorithm based timeline is the same thing that drove me to stop using twitter's own app and Instagram almost completely. Don't do this.

    The end result of this action is that you will highlight a pro athlete's activities over those of my friends because they have more kudos. Strava isn't twitter or Facebook. 

    I follow very few people and always see their activities. This is an answer in search of a question.  

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  • Please have an option to set so I can look at my feed the way I want, which is in chronological order. I see many other comments here asking for the same thing. Though I do like the social aspect of Strava, Strava is not Facebook! And Facebook has the option to order your page by most recent or top stories. Please don't force this on everyone without options! 

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  • No. No. No. I DON'T WANT THIS TYPE OF FEED.    This is specifically what I dislike about Facebook.  I would prefer activities in chronological order.  Some people aren't interested in having a million people following them and want to keep a low profile while chronicling their workouts.  Some people don't necessarily need the "kudos" to boost their confidence. Perhaps they just want to see for "themselves" if they are improving and are not looking for attention. No offence to the athletes who are "for" this change but, Strava, please be considerate of all the athletes who do not want this and at least make this an optional setting. 

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  • If only I could upload pictures to my epic rides from a browser...

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  • PLEASE provide the option for a chronological feed. Instagram made this same change, for the same reasons you have provided, and I find I am more likely now than before to miss a post. I remember where I left off and would like to be able to start from that point.

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  • Nooooo - please do not do this - I loath it on Facebook & Instagram.

    This is not my idea of the 'Premium' subscription I pay for.

    Filters and options yes, but keep chronological as an option.

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  • nooooooo! please don't do this. i hate hate hate when social media platforms do this. 110% NOT A FAN.

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  • I don't have the words to express how much I hate this.

     

    I had a feeling it would come, because all the social networks seem intent on doing this even though 90% of the users dislike it. I assume it's so you can later charge money so people/companies can boost their position on the feeds.

     

    I absolutely loved Instagram, it got me into running, but I had to quit altogether once it started to jumble up my feed. It meant I lost touch with the friends I'd made on there but the timeline was just so awful I couldn't handle it anymore. It was putting posts from days ago, from people I didn't know, at the top, missing the posts my friends just made. I had no way of actually knowing what I'd missed because I couldn't scroll back through the timeline in order. Posts that told a chronological story became impossible to decipher. I started to use Strava more and became hooked on that instead. Now you're telling me you're going the way of Instagram.

     

    Your algorithm will not know what posts I want to see, and in what order. I guarantee. If it did it would just show me the newest posts, in the correct order.

     

    Even if you give us the option, then how do I know my posts are even showing up on anyones feed? What's the point of posting? What's the point of reading posts if I don't know what is being hidden from me?

     

    Kill me now.

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  • Extremely disappointed in Strava. People and users do not want to be shown or told what they will likely like most. We want it straight up and in chronological order. NO BS and this "improvement" is just that. I think better filters and giving us our own control over our feed would work better for us and help us get what we would like out of Strava.

    If this must happen, please just leave us the option to leave it in chronological order. More options, the better.

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  • Please, please could you make it so that average speed shows up on the feed without having to click into each activity and scroll to the speed data?

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  • Strava: you are breaking our hearts. We love you because you are NOT facebook. This is not "content". Ugh.

    And how do you know that we are missing 60%? Because we don't give kudos to all the challenge updates? Because we ignore 2 mile bike rides? Sounds like some slick fast-talking facebook/instagram/twitter/etc dropout managed to con your development team into wasting a lot of resources.

    All the junk from "challenges" "announcements" and "suggested athletes" is what clutters the feed. I _never_ kudo that junk, but it's right at the top. Algorithms. Why not fix the things we've been asking for for years instead of having an identity crisis and try to use algorithms on us? You already have the ability to filter a feed by clubs: expand that, don't waste your resources. What about the whole issue with wrongly flagged segments? Get your "algorithms" working on that.

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  • We are here mainly for sports not for social media. Please improve those features not Social Media ones. Like options to remove non-GPS activities, challenges etc. And leave us an option to have chronological order. If Strava goes too much into SoMe direction there will be another "strava" for real athletes.

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  • Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and now Strava? I expected more from the folks at Strava. Lead, don't follow. Just because the social media behemoths think their precious algorithms know what's best for me in spite of my objections, doesn't mean you have to follow their lead. Chronological order has worked well for years. Why is it suddenly an "improvement" to have your robots decide what's important to me? Next stop...promoted and "sponsored" activities, courtesy of the highest bidders. Lead, Strava. Don't follow!

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  • Like it as an option in theory, HATE it in practice.  Why not make it an option (make sure that choice sticks permanently unlike Facebook) and see what your users prefer?  No reason not to.  Suggested implementation: Add an option under the dropdown for Chronological [default], Top Stories/Random, My Activities, Spam (challenges, zwift, manual entries, etc.).

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  • No!! This is a terrible change. Please give us the option to view our feed chronologically!!!

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  • Nooo! Do not make the same mistake that Facebook and Twitter did. So glad, Twitter still has alternate clients. Please make this change optional at best.

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  • Please don't do this without allowing chronological feed as a permanent preference. I disdain algorithms deciding priority. They are rarely accurate and it takes control away from the user.

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  • It'd be a good idea to have a section every now and then for newcomers to tell us how to upload pictures, for instance. And also, some links to interesting pages thatpublish info to  help us  become better athletes.

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  • Please keep it chronological or at least give us an option to do so. It's Strava, not Facebook.

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  • Please bring back chronological. Default would be preferred, or at least a setting.
    This algorithm seems to be obsessed over people I don't particular care about. Oh great, that semi pro prob got 50 kudos and rode another long ride in the dirt. Great. Where's Joe and his 5 mile shredder that he just finished an hour ago? Oh, next page. Just like on Facebook, this algorithm is off.

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  • I would also prefer the option to default my feed to chronological order. I am not a fan of this feature being added unless we have an alternative. I know change is as good as a holiday but change for the sake of change is unnecessary. It's already becoming cumbersome with these "suggested friends" and then changing the kudos button to the wrong side of the screen making one handed operation difficult to impossible.

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  • Please keep chronological as an option, this new sorting sounds awful as i enjoy browsing through the day to see what the people I follow have done. With a new order I'll have no idea if I have gone back through all of the activities or whether I am just seeing the ones you want me to see.

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  • This is exactly why I don't use instagram anymore. If strava research truly shows the majority want it this way, fine, let it default to this sort method for each user. But build in a permanent option to have the feed be in chronological order for the rest of us!!

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  • Did you really ask many users if they wanted this feature? Really? I'd say judging by the comments from users here, not... It should be obvious to anyone who uses Facebook etc. that these sort of changes rarely go down well but on free services you just sort of have to put up with them. Hoever lots of people actually pay to use Strava so to see it going down this route is very disappointing. Please make the chronological option update as quickly as possible. You know you've essentially got most of the users on a hook as Strava is the biggest platform of its kind but please don't treat us like fish.

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  • This is an absolutely terrible idea and clearly nobody wants this stupid feature. If you are going to go ahead with this then please add the option to list activities chronologically.

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  • Solution is easy: an option in settings.  Some people want an algorithm sorting things for them, they can select that.  Others want chronological, they can select that. There's no excuse for not giving the option for a chronological newsfeed.   Those of us who have a limited number of people we are following have no issues at all staying on top of the feed.  Don't mess with the order.  

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  • Echoing what the majority have said. Sure, provide this as an option, it looks like some people might be okay with it. But leave us an option to see a proper chronological feed.

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  • I'd like to add my voice to those who'd like the option of keeping the old chronological feed behaviour.

    In terms of addressing "clutter" in someone's feed, I'd like to be able to select, for each person that I follow, the types of activities that appear in my feed. In other words, if I'm a cyclist, I might not care about a particular friend's running exploits, but I'd like to see what they do on their bicycle. It shouldn't be too hard to implement this, and the default setting could be "all activity types".

    Thanks!

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  • NO what crazy person gave you feedback that his would be a "great" idea. Have you only spoken to Facebook and Instagram engineers?
    Give users the options of how THEY want to see posts displayed. I pay you to use this service and could quite happily take my money elsewhere if you stick with this terrible methodology.

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