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Remove "Suggested Follows" from the feed

Please take "Suggested Athletes" out of the Activity Feed.

This was irritating even when it lived on the right hand side of the screen.  Suggesting local 'pros' who I've never heard of before.  Now suggesting people like my old fraternity brother's daughter and others that I'd never want to connect with, etc. but taking up valuable space in the Activity feed every time I visit the page.

Please please please remove.  It's like an advertisement that has nothing to do with my workouts or those of my community.

Or at least remove for premium users.

Thanks

Mike

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  • Official comment

    Removing Suggested Follows from the feed is not an option at this time.

    We will continue to monitor feedback and to make improvements to this feature.

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  • I'm in total agreement.  Especially insofar as the app is concerned.  With the suggested athletes taking up the full width of the screen, scrolling down to see older activities means it's far too easy to accidentally tap "follow" on a member you did not intend to.  I speak from personal experience!  

    Furthermore, and this is slightly o.t, I don't think it's proper the system permits you to follow someone without first viewing their profile.  Needs to be a 2-step process... view then follow.  

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  • totally agree.  stop sending my name and info out to others, too.  if i wanted to join a matchmaker site i'd do that.  i clicked on the "total privacy" button for a reason.  

    strava would be better off working on its weaknesses:  maps, editing, cut and paste, autocorrect, customer service, gps signal strength, interface with WhatsApp, interface with iPhone health, duplicate entries, etc. 

     

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  • Please could you at least provide the option to switch "suggested ahtletes" off.

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  • This is irritating.  I don't want to have extra crap in my "Activity" feed.  Help out a premium user!  

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  • I agree. It's annoying. I've been a paying member for years and not once have I ever followed someone strava suggested.

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  • HI Micky.  I have an iPhone and set the Strava "privacy-o-meter" to "high."  This didn't stop the suggestions.  Strava's not using my contacts, but they are trolling my followers/following list to find people in common.  

     

    Hey I just found out from Strava Customer Service that the "This Year" on the user homepage is for Premium members only and only if you have a yearly goal. WTF?  "This Week" is free.  Oh, I could get This Year distance on my iPhone Health app, but Strava still has not figured out how to eliminate the duplicated data sent to this app.  

     

    I believe this is called "circling the drain."  

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  • Can't disable it as far as I can tell on IOS.  I keep hitting X beside suggested athletes and they keep coming in.  It bothers me every time I open Strava now.  I primarily keep a strata Premium membership to support a service I like not for the extra features. I've turned off the auto-renew on my subscription so can re-evaluate when it comes up in August.  I don't want to use a support a services that's bugging me...

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  • Like the others in this post I find the Suggested Athletes on the Android app a constant annoyance.  It serves no purpose for me, I already know who I want to follow.  Why on earth isn't there an option to just turn this irritation off.  Any form of constant badgering like this can only lose Strava users, please let us turn it off.

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  • Guess what I just did? I just deleted another 23 suggested athletes from my feed… Thanks Strava! Oh, guess what else? I didn't want any of them.

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  • Adding my voice to this also, please let us opt out of this feature.  I'm premium and I hate the hundreds of suggestions constantly showing up in my timeline.

    It's even worse that Strava will use your private contacts to also make suggestions if you enable the "Beacon" feature.  Presumably you're granting access to your contacts for that feature but then they go and crawl those connections for their marketing purposes.

    Don't become Facebook / Twitter / Instagram please.

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  • Agree with all of the above.  Its very annoying.

    Strava please make this function optional.  Preferably with default OFF.

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  • This feature is one of the most annoying things I have ever come across. If I want to follow an athlete, I will decide myself who that will be. I use strava as a training tool. Please do not turn strava into yet another pointless social networking site. This is not what I joined strava for.

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  • I agree. Please remove, strava. I've declined many suggested athletes and now I keep getting even more obscure suggestions. Really annoying

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  • Putting my name on this petition...it can't be that difficult to put an opt-out toggle in the settings for the activity feed.  I would remove the Suggested Athletes and any other ad looking thing in a heartbeat.  Really annoying when viewing from the app on my android.  It takes up nearly the whole screen!

    Also, would be nice to prevent the "new feature" ads from taking up space in the feed if I've already set them up (like Beacon).

    This should be implemented for everyone...especially the premium members.

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  • I have created a support ticket 3 months ago and nothing has been changed. They said that you can get rid of it when you remove access to address book and facebook, but it doesn't work for me. I really give up, because I don't have a feeling that they want to have satisfied users and they care about their premium users. This is the reason why I have canceled my subscription after 5 years...

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  • I'm not sure what the scoop is but am rarely seeing suggestions at this point.  Seems they have tweaked the feature to tone it way down.  Or, perhaps, they have turned the feature OFF.?. ...so I'm going to turn my subscription auto-renewal back ON.

     

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  • No Zak P, it is still there. And what is most annoying when you first log on (on a PC) is that the activity feed doesn't automatically display but the "suggested athletes" do. STRAVA - please provide an option to switch this feature off if we want to. This is not Facebook or Twitter or Linkedin.

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  • I'm a premium member of Strava and 'suggested athletes' in my feed is neither wanted nor appreciated. Strava please desist from this activity! If I want to follow an athlete (ONLY people I know) I will search for them myself.

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  • Hear hear! Please remove this Instagram style nonsense. Also, if the suggestions were any good it might help improve my feed. But none of the people in the suggestions I even remotely know. Now, I know that you want to increase the interaction with your app, but make the app better instead of just more connections with people we don't know.

    Please remove it or give us the option to hide it.

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  • Reading this and other threads like it has made me less inclined to use Strava in the long term, and definitely has disinclined me to ever pay for it. Frankly I care almost not at all about the social aspects of this app, and if their development is geared toward driving this folderol I can't see myself as a long-term user.

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  • Premium user here as well. Please allow me to turn this off. I don't actually mind ad type items in the feed as they are transient and don't demand action. The problem with the suggested athlete feed is for those with a zero inbox mentality (ie OCD) is the fact that the suggestions will NEVER be fully cleared. It is maddening!

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  • Update. I'm getting more suggestions for people I don't know and don't want to see in my feed. Please give us the option to turn this annoying 'feature' off. This new direction for Strava has knocked me out of the raving fan camp.

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  • We've received your feedback about the Suggested Follows module in the feed, thanks for sharing it with us. This is a new feature we're experimenting with and development is still in progress to assess and fine-tune how it works.

    Although there is no way to remove this item from your feed currently, your comments have been received and will help us shape this feature going forward.

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  • I would also appreciate the ability to turn this off.

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  • I agree, the "suggested athletes" causes unwanted clutter in the iOS app feed. Please include an option to hide it from the feed.

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  • Is anyone from Strava monitoring this thread?
    It would be simple to let users toggle it off but in pretty sure that they know once toggled off you will never want it back in again...
    Strava please take note that your users (and paying customers) do not want this function; where else do paying customers not have a say in what they are paying for!!?

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  • I’m yet another Premium user that does not want “suggested athletes” as a compulsory item in my feed. The social side of Strava works for me on my terms with my friends. I neither need or want a feature set I can’t control (and is also useless), and I’m beginning to get pissed off with Facebook style follow requests from people I don’t know or care about. Do not mistake my comment on the feature being useless, for a suggestion that I’d like it as a non switchable feature if it was useful. Please make it switchable for premium. Like others, I will seriously consider my options (of which there are several) come time to renew if this continues.

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  • We're still testing with this feature, and we absolutely plan to factor in your feedback about removing this feed item for the final version. Thanks for your patience. 

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  • ...the problem is this has been on the feed for ages.
    You can't tell us that this hasn't gone through some beta testing or can't be switched off.
    At least give us a time frame for any changes - as people have said they are considering leaving Strava if you continue to go down the road of Facebook/Instagram bombarding us with stuff we don't want.
    We joined as athletes recording our activities, not school kids trying to get as many friends as they can...

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