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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Comments

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  • Official comment

    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.

  • Exactly what I have not been asking for. I want the ability to hide things like Zwift and other not real rides, not for you to shuffle time for me. Please give us the option to still have things show up chronologically. I have been using Strava for years, but I can find another tool.

    Edit: I just realized my Premium is up for renewal this month. It is time to reconsider paying for this service. 

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

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  • Ok, you can do whatever you want, just give us an option to show activities in chronological order.

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  • I've tried to put up with this, but I'm finding it really annoying. I accept some people may prefer it, and that's fine, but to force it on everybody without making it optional is extremely frustrating.

    Please add an option to show the feed in chronological order.

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  • Echoing rchromatic's comment. I like seeing posts in a chronological order, and would like an option to show them that way.

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  • This is where many social media services are heading and I hate it. By all means have it as an option but as above let me choose to keep the chronological order where I know I can find stuff and not just see what the system thinks I want to see.

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  • As already stated "Exactly what I have not been asking for". Please give us the option to sort in chronological order, and allow us to set the default in our settings. I hate this feature on all the other social media apps.

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  • Chronological Order - Nothing Else!

    Get all the Challenges and Badges and related monthly junk out of the activity feed.

    Every month new challenge spam and then challenge spam updates and then challenge spam completes and hey its another month and time for fresh challenge spam.

    Just add two flags:  1. do not publish my challenges.  2. do not show me anyone else's challenges.

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  • Yes, chrono order option is a must have. Don't always need predigested feed.

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  • Please leave the option to view chronologically.  I have FaceBook for social media — and they already make it a pain in the neck to see what I want -vs- what they think I want.  On Strava I just want to scroll through my friend's runs, and do it in order.

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  • Agree with the above here... Give us an option to hide Zwift and "Indoor" workouts with no GPS data, that alone would make it easier to see the more fun stuff....

    And while you're at it, allow us to mark swims as "Races" already!!!!

  • 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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  • silly unwanted feature, have option to switch to this view if you must, but keep the standard view as default. This is a bad decision, Facebook made the same mistake, and made it poorer for it. What about the stuff I miss because you've put other stuff in front/above it.

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  • Oh please ... no more phony bells and whistles from Strava. I'm sure there is no stopping this unasked for "improvement" so please just give us an easy option to default to a chronological feed. No offense to you Elle, you are outstanding, but this takes away control from the end user and in my case end payer as a Premium member.

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  • Not a fan of the new ordering in the feed.  Can you add an option to have the old linear order in the feed?

     

  • Agree with rchromatic. We should have options in how to sort/display the feed. Chronological is an important tool -- to find out where friends are that you just rode with (e.g., did they make it home?), or to help identify friends who might be interested in riding now since they didn't appear to ride with a group immediately beforehand, etc. Don't take this away, please.

  • I'm not a fan of this, chronological order is better. A more useful update would be the ability to hide non-activities such as when people join challenges or create routes.

  • Funny... Facebook, Twitter also did the same thing without anybody asking for it. And the same as with them it looks like your first release of this feed doesn't have the option to turn it off. Why? It is not that difficult to add an on/off switch.

  • Whatever you do, leave me the option to keep the feed in chronological order. 

  • Don't be a Facebook & instagram!

  • We want the ability to show our rides but to also pen private training notes. This should be a simple fix. Your changes are fluff. Do something real.

  • No. Do not want. Please please please provide an option for chronological. PLEASE!

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

  • I'll add another comment to please make this optional. Allow us to turn off this feature.

  • Ugh - Terrible decision.

  • Oh for gods sake. I hate facebooks top stories thing. Have to change it back to chronological every single time I go on it. Dont decide for me what I should see. Just leave it like it is. Or at least give me an option to (permanently) but it back that way please!

  • Not what we asked for. You can't possibly figure out what I want to see; not based on kudos, or PR's for certain. This is what the (now eliminated) emails did: A neat summary at the end of the day without all the noise. One step back... I've been a bit worried about the direction of strava over the past half year or so. Feeling miffed that I just renewed for a year.

    I've stopped using the app to check feed because of this, but in Firefox I can override your css to eliminate the garbage (monthly "challenges", and promotions) you put at the top of the feed. Haven't figured out how to thwart the algorithm yet, without switching to chrome with a plugin. May have to do that.

  • 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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  • Not for nothing, but after the whole "white screen" debacle I'm at a loss for why you all are determined to make major changes without including preference settings.  How hard is it to include an "off" button?

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