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With more than 400 million monthly users and a growing number of advertisers, Instagram is adding an algorithm that reorders pictures and videos in users' feeds based on their interests. It's a move marketers say was inevitable, as the photo-sharing app builds out its ad business and takes a page from sister company Facebook's playbook, even if it irks Instagram's core users.
"Maybe it's dramatic to call it the death of organic social, but increasingly, we're telling our clients, 'If you're not going to put money behind promoting your content, organic engagement is a real tough thing to produce sustainably," said Kyle Bunch, managing director of social at R/GA.