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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  • I thought more about this and will write my second (and last) post on this thread.

    This is the defining moment for Strava.  I think they only have a few choices.

    1.  Do what's right for their core users (and that is painfully obvious in this case, and in most cases with controversial features), and give people the ability to choose how they view their feed, whether they can upload photos from a desktop, etc.  i.e. move away from policies that were clearly done for business reasons, in opposition to customer preferences

    2.  Adopt the ways of other social media platforms and treat people like digestible, manipulable bits of data that exist only to be monetized

    3.  Morph into something different from the original intent--e.g. a data mapping service provider

    All of the core users want option 1.  But option 1 is a labor of love, not a profitable business.  Thus the bait-and-switch tactics, the cheery upbeat messages from Elle telling us that we really love Big Brother, the refusal to give in...because Strava has to figure out how to make money.  And it's only a matter of time before most of the utility of Strava is engulfed by Apple and/or Google and/or Facebook.  Who needs a separate app when Facebook does it all anyway?

    So, as ridiculous as it sounds, Strava seems to be going in on option 2.  Like LinkedIn, they are going to try to put on the air of an actual social network, and if they can keep it going, and maybe growing, then...most likely they are angling to be bought out by one of the big three who will try to incorporate Strava into their own operations.

    For hardcore users, I think the writing is on the wall.  Probably the best option would be to all decide to move over to another existing platform that is more user-friendly, or, to be more ambitious, we could create an open-source/open-access platform, possibly put together from some of the third-party apps that work through the Strava API, e.g. Stravistix, to create an activity-based network that truly responds to the wishes of its users.

    I salute Strava for creating what they have created, and in a certain sense I hope that the investors and employees get their payoff for a job well done over the first few years of Strava's existence.  But I suspect a big change is a-coming.

     

     

     

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  • No No No No No No!

    I don't want this. If you are going to mess up my nice chronological feed, at least give us an option to turn this setting OFF!

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  • Please please please either turn the feed back to chronological or allow an option in settings so I can chose. I don't want to see my friends last 10 rides because they've just uploaded, nor do I want anyone to have to look at my stupid commutes that I upload in bulk. Can't tell what my friends did today, and what they did last week. Awful idea in my view, sorry.

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  • Give me the option of chronological, this is ridiculous!! It's a sports app not social media bull sh1t

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  • I prefer to have the option to see things in chronological order.  I agree.  Make this optional.  I do NOT like it at all.  Also, I would like to be able to get rid of the people you think I may want to follow so I don't have to see them overtime.

     

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  • Great job, Strava. You completely screwed up a good thing. This change is the stupidest decision ever. I am getting sick and tired of software coders telling their users what features they want when they don't have the slightest clue. If you wanted to make this idiotic change for the minority of users that like it you should have at least given the rest of us who are very satisfied with viewing our Activity Feed in chronological order the option to do so. At least when Facebook felt they had a better idea what we want to see than we do, they at least allowed us to switch back to viewing posts in order. Please return the chronological order option so that the feed can be useful once again in seeing where my friends are riding. 

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  • NO NO NO NO NO NO. Don't do it and if you do for gods sake leave us the option to choose. I was thinking i might go premium one day as I use Strava more and more but If you do this I certainly won't. As others have said this is not Facebook? Don't ruin it.

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  • Agree with most of the negative sentiment here.  I'd like to have chronological order back.  My friends circle isn't so big that I can't manage it, and the new feed order isn't making sense to me.

    Another option would be to use notifications to let us know when something you (the Strava algorithm) think is interesting happened that we haven't seen.  We could click on the notification and be taken to that activity.  That would keep us informed of late posts, "epic" posts, workouts with a bunch of PRs, etc. without interfering with the feed.

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  • Oh dear, I have not started receiving my feed like this yet, but I hope it is a long time before I do. I already look at all of my friends posts, because I care about the person, and not necessarily the distance or route, I prefer knowing when they ran/exercised without having to look at the date and time. Now I will be in danger of missing some of my friends more recent posts in favour of someone who has a lot of followers or just did a bigger run and collected more kudos.
    This smacks of a way for Strava to get more revenue by targeting more advertising, or placing adverts alongside popular posts. ( or something more complicated that I cannot fathom or control)

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  • Honor this comment: This is a terrible F**ing idea.

    How the f*** am I supposed to find sh*t when you keep moving it around?? Can't find my rides, can't find my friend's rides, can't figure out when shit happened because you move shit all around and I think it's a different ride than it is.

    Strava is for sharing fucking WORKOUTS, not goddamn web memes. There's no reason in bloody hell to rearrange it from the order it happens.

    I mean, seriously, why the hell would you make this the unalterable default without even asking people. That's just goddamn rude.

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  • Just dropped my monthly Premium membership. When doing this there is a place to enter the reason for dropping, I urge all of you to do the same and tell them why you are doing it. 

    All of the comments left here and in the other social media feeds are having no effect. Looking through all the other feature requests that go back years, the vast majority never get any response from Strava, even to say forget it.

    The only thing they will understand is a mass exodus of premium users.  I doubt any of this will have an effect but the way things stand now the site and the response from support makes paying for this ridiculous. 

    I'll switch over to ridewithgps and see how their premium service is. 

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  • Please for the love of God turn it off. Put the rides in chronological order. I can take it from there. Thank you.

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  • Please don't ! If you feel you must, please make it an option. 

    This is the facebook mistake and the reason I stopped using facebook. 

    If my feed will be messed up, I will rethink my pro subscribtion. 

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  • Echoing what's already need said above, please give us an option to switch back. I'm not finding this new feature helpful at all. Really want to switch back!

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  • Please turn this feature off or give the option to customize it. I don't think this is an improvement. It's not very user friendly. Please don't change things because you think you have to make changes. Sometimes it's better to keep things the way they are.

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  • Boo! Roll out your new feature as the option with the default being cronological order. Then you'll really see how many riders actually want to be spoon fed their content. Leave my feed alone, though. I don't want you determining which of my friend's rides are good ones....sometimes the best rides are the slow short ones with our kids.

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  • Besides being annoying and unwanted, this really is NOT USABLE at all for multisport events.  My randomly sorted feed is littered with transitions all out of order and related to the event.  People completing their run before swimming, etc.  Please listen to your users and roll this back.

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  • The new random feed order is really really annoying.  No recognition from Strava that there's an issue + another advert for the new feed order in my activity feed = pro subscription cancelled.  

    I love Strava & what you guys have done but please listen to your customers and give us back our chronological feed....

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  • I just found my feed all jumbled up for the first time, cancelling my premium membership immediately.

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  • Bad STRAVA, Bad!  Now put it back where it was.  Worst decision ever....

    I agree, what would be cutting edge, way helpful, and PREMIUM would be more options for us users to sort the activity feed how we want:  start time, end time, post time or, if you must have it, the Borg setting (for a computer generated mind controlling feed that tells me what I think is important).  

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  • You'll never please all users all of the time, particularly when you impose functionality upon them. Hence, rather than impose any given sort and/or filter please (please) implement the ability for users to set individual sort/filter preferences in their user profile. Frankly baffles me that this was overlooked pre-rollout.

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  • Chronological Strava. Reading the feedback it looks like you got this catastrophically wrong. Please don't pursue it.

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  • ugh. absolutely hate it. i love how all these apps assume to know what we want. at least give us the options. otherwise i'll probably delete my account. 

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  • All these comments are in CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!

     

    LOL

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  • I believe this works for many social media networks, like Facebook and Instagram, because people are more likely to have much larger networks on this platform, therefore making it easier for items to get lost in the clutter.

    However, for the niche that the running community is amongst our daily social circles, our following count is drastically lower than you would find on Facebook or Instagram. We follow the small portion of our friends who are runners, compared to following all of our friends on other platforms.
    With this in mind, it is a lot less effort for us to scroll through our feed. I've already missed a couple of great activities that my friends have done.

    I appreciate you continuing to innovate, Strava, but for the 40% of us who don't miss any activities, we would also appreciate a feature that allows us to toggle back to chronological order.

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  • Chronological option please.

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  • Terrible idea - my feed is now cluttered and virtually worthless. Please either make this optional or revert to the chronological feed.

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  • Chrono order option is a must have.

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  • Let me join the chorus of people asking for my chrono option back. I just don't have enough people in my feed for this to be of any value, so the sorting is arbitrary and meaningless. I'm seeing things like three activities in a row from the same person. Make. It. Stop.

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  • Very sorry but not what I want at all.  If the feeds are in chronological order I can be sure I have seen them all.

    If my friend who is very ill rides 10km that is much more important to me than other friends 100km.  Strava has no data on the nature of our friendships.

     

    Please allow us to have chronological at least as an option

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