On October 19th, we will be turning off the Activity feature. Please note this is not the Friend/Buddy feed that shows you what your friends are listening to on the right-hand side of the app. It was a feature that showed you what the users or artists you follow were sharing on Spotify.
After some extensive testing, we noticed this feature had very low engagement. Therefore we've made the decision to remove it in full as of today (October 19th). This will allow us to focus our efforts on improving the features we know you're highly engaged with, alongside working on exciting new features that are in the pipeline!
Please share any feedback you have here in the Community. We're listening, and we will pass it all on to the team.
Great. Now could tell to the desktop team that people on computer also want daily mix, videos and podcast? This is the first time ever an mobile application have more functions than the desktop one. And is getting worse.
@Rorey Thanks for notifiying us. I was one of the few people who did look at the activity feed a few times a week to see what my friends or record labels would recommend, or what kind of playlists they made. I found it quite handy. I hope this feature will come back (in another form).
That's very disappointing! What is the point of even sharing music if I basically have no way to see updates from friends and people / bands I follow? No desktop notification bell and now this is gone too -- it seems like many features that made this product unique are slowly vanishing. It's harder and harder to see shared music, can't see who's following my playlists (don't even get notified about that anymore), lyrics are still gone, etc., all in the name of "low user engagement". Maybe the activity tab had low engagement because your notifications were inconsistent.
I can't wait for the day where Spotify is just one big button that plays whatever music their machine learning routines decides to play for us. The button will have incredible user engagement.
ps: I STILL miss starring tracks. It's just not the same as adding to your collection.
We’re always looking for new ways to improve Spotify including the social products. We’ll post here in the community as soon as we have something to share. You can also keep an eye on the Spotify blog for regular product updates.
:-( I really miss that function!! ...Now, I finally hope that you bring back the names of our Playlists-Follower etc....also still missing your messages, when somone new is following me or some of my playlists. Please, Spoty, I love you very much and I do many advertising for you :-)...but don't take away step by step all fine or social things, ok?!? Keep on rocking & thank you ♥
Seems like you people at Spotify enjoy to screw everything up, removing features such as the notification bell or the activity feed, changing the layout of an already well-working layout for the desktop program. You obviously never listen to the Spotify community so why bother messing with things?If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
What I still don't undertand is the object of the follow button after removing the notification? Why should you follow an artist or a playlist if you want to get notifications from him. I mean isn't that the basic feature of each social networt? Getting notifications about topics you are interested in? Even the old internet forums 15 years ago had notification features for subscribed topics? I don't get it...