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Plug-ins let Strava users restore chronological timeline on Chrome and Firefox

Browser extensions developed following outcry over social network's latest update...

Strava users now have a way of restoring the chronological feed on the social network for athletes – assuming they use the Chrome or Firefox browsers to access it.

Earlier this month, Strava unveiled its latest update that ordered posts and notifications based on an algorithm similar to those employed by Facebook or Instagram.

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When the new feature was launched, Strava CEO James Quarles said: “Strava is an active community of people who are passionate about their sports.

“We want to create more ways for the community to share their interests and expertise. Posts and the new feed make Strava the best place to tell a story about someone you met on the trails, ask a question about new gear or to seek kindred spirits to help achieve your goals.”

Now, two separate Chrome extensions, or plug-ins, allow users of the browser to set their feed in chronological order, as it was before.

One is called Stravini, while the other comes from VeloViewer.

Both can also be added to Firefox by following the instructions here.

The plug-ins won’t help those who access Strava via smartphone apps, however.

After the changes were announced earlier this month, Colin Browne from Durban, South Africa, launched an online petition calling on Strava to either reinstate the chronological feed or at least give users the option of viewing it.

At the time of writing, the petition, which is hosted on Change.org, has been signed by more than 4,000 people.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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