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Instagram finds new ad space at the end of your feed with launch of ‘Suggested Posts’ feature

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Instagram has found a new place to display ads: at the end of your Feed. The Facebook-owned app in 2018 introduced a feature that will alert users when they’ve scrolled through all the new content in their Instagram Feed, with a notice reading “You’re All Caught Up” that appears on the screen. Now, Instagram says it will use this space to suggest new, organic posts for users to view as well as ads.

The original idea behind the “You’re All Caught Up” notice was to help curtail overuse of Instagram’s addictive, social app. At the time, the feature was one of several Facebook had implemented to provide insights into screen-time usage, having arrived alongside dashboards that would help people see how much time they they’ve spent in Facebook and Instagram’s apps, daily reminders when you hit your total time for the day, and tools for silencing notifications. 

The changes were part of a larger movement in tech that questioned if social apps had been built to become too addictive, which could have negative consequences on users’ mental health. Around this time, Google and Apple released their own screen time management tools, and YouTube rolled out features to track time spent watching videos and reminders that encouraged users to take a break.

In more recent months, the growth of the addictive, Chinese-owned social video app TikTok in the U.S. combined with a global pandemic has seen many people backtracking on their earlier self-imposted screen time limits. This, in turn, may have pushed Instagram to roll back its own efforts in screen time management, too.

A chief rival to Facebook’s social dominance, TikTok has already been slammed for being too addictive, thanks to its advanced algorithms quickly learn what sort of content holds users’ attention then uses that information to personalize users’ feeds. With its short-form content and quick-fire interface, TikTok users are finding themselves spending an increasing amount of time in the app. According to data from 2019, the average U.S. TikTok user opened the app 8 times per day, and spent 46 minutes, on average, viewing its content. Newer reports says this number has increased to 52 minutes per day, and one recent study found that younger users may be spending as much as 80 minutes per day in the app. It’s no surprise, then, that Instagram may now be reconsidering its decision to push users to stop scrolling and leave its app.

“Our goal is to make it clear when you’re all caught up so you can decide how you want to best use your time,” says Instagram Director of Product, Robby Stein. “We see people continuing to seek out more posts they’re interested in after catching up with their feeds, so we wanted to learn from that and make it easier to go a little deeper for those who choose to do so.”

The company also adds that people who follow a larger number accounts may never reach the end of their Feed to begin with, and don’t see the “You’re All Caught Up” message.

The “Suggested Posts” feature gives Instagram a new surface where it can display ads which will appear alongside the suggested content from accounts you don’t follow, but Instagram thinks you might like. For advertisers, that means more chances for people to see their pitch.

This increased ad space is the more significant impact, from a business perspective. But Instagram’s decision to dial back its digital well-being efforts could have longer-term impacts to its app and the larger screen time movement in general. Already, many parents have ditched their children’s screen time limits amid coronavirus lockdowns, and many adults are finding themselves online more often these days, as well. Some experts even argue that online networking has increased value in our socially-distanced world. These new attitudes could lead to Instagram’s “Suggested Posts” feature being launched with little to no backlash.

Instagram says the feature is rolling out now, globally.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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