Automatically share photos you like directly to Facebook with the latest Instagram update
If you're a big user of both Facebook and Instagram, you may be interested -- or horrified -- to learn that the latest Instagram update gives you the option to automatically share photos that are liked in Instagram directly to your Facebook feed. Facebook acquired Instagram almost 3 months ago, so tighter integration between the two social networks wasn't unexpected. However, the shotgun-like way it's being handled could be more than a little unwelcome.
That's right, in addition to the other millions of things that your friends do and like that you don't really care about seeing on your news feed, now you get to see all the photos that they like on Instagram as well. The good news is that the sharing feature is opt-in, so hopefully most of your friends won't actually discover it and choose to enable it.
What I find even more bothersome than the existence of this new sharing likes to Facebook feature is the fact that I don't have an option for my photos to not be shared to Facebook when someone likes it. They are my photos, after all, and perhaps there are some of them that I wish to exist only in the Instagram world. I actually do this at times -- post a photo to Instagram that I intentionally choose not to share to Facebook or Twitter. That's why the ability to share a photo to Twitter requires a deliberate action. Now if I specifically choose not to share a photo outside of Instagram, and a few people like it, Facebook people like one of my Instagram photos, it will be potentially shared with over 1000 people I don't know. Awesome.
In addition to the option to have your Instagram likes shared to Facebook, Instagram has also updated the profile tab, added the ability to search for users and tags in the Explore tab, improved commenting, some visual enhancements, and speed optimizations.
One of the most notable changes that wasn't explicitly stated in the release notes is that if you hold down on the camera tab, Instagram will jump right into your Camera Roll. But don't get too excited, this is a lot cooler than it sounds. Unfortunately, you get placed at the top of your Camera Roll (oldest first). So it turns out that it's still faster for me to access my Camera the original way since I have over 1000 photos I must scroll through to get to my most recently photos.
Enough about what I think about this Instagram update. What are your thoughts on the new Facebook integration? Are you excited at the potential of seeing more great photos in your news feed, or, on the contrary, are you concerned about seeing a flood of photos that you don't want to see?
Please sound off in the comments below!
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Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.
Up to now I wasn't too bothered by FB taking over Instagram, but I'd hate for them to roll out their obsession of conning/forcing people to share their lives publicly to Instagram as well. I recently downloaded the FB Messenger app since the regular FB is so buggy and slow, but decided that I didn't like it and deleted it. Despite only having been signed in for a couple of minutes and never having posted anything with it, my friends-only FB now has a publicly visible "Recent Activity" notice that I'm using the app with no option to remove it. I'll never d/l another FB branded app again.
Facebook is getting tiresome with their crappy mobile app and all of these features that are more annoying than cool and useful. They should be focusing on making the Facebook app faster and more stable.
I have decided NOT to share my likes, so as not to trample on anyone else's choices about privacy. Thanks for making that point in the article.
I hate Facebook more and more, yet use it to communicate with students and parents in my program and feel trapped into it, to some extent.
"By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content not shared publicly ("private") will not be distributed outside the Instagram Services."
Within Leanna's post, it is still to be seen how Instragram deals with photos on private accounts, but I'd hope they wouldn't allow those to be shared.
So if you do have a problem with your publicly displayed photos being shared on the internet, either make your account private, or build your own infrastructure and put your photos behind a password protected page.
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