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Instagram kills Twitter integration deader

Instagram, the Facebook owned social photo network, that previously cut off support for Twitter's media-rich card feature has now cut off all support for any all forms of embedded images. Twitter confirmed the change in an update to their original post:

Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. As a result, photos are no longer appearing in Tweets or user photo galleries.While tweeting links to Instagram photos is still possible, you can no longer view the photos on Twitter, as was previously the case.

The result is that Twitter users will no longer have any idea what they're going to see when they tap or click on an Instagram link.

So for Instagram to win, Twitter users have to lose?

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

15 Comments
  • Time to ditch Instagram
  • Never used it. It's the new FaceBook IMO.
  • honestly i enjoy instagram more. I like looking at people's pictures. Facebook on the other hand? well i simply don't want to hear what all these people are doing? I don't even log on cause seeing posts annoys me. Makes me think. Shut up already, nobody gives a damn about that really bad inspirational quote you just put up which is a veiled way of saying, "i hate my boyfriend who dumped me."
  • I won't be following those Instagram links. Sad that this kind of junk happens in this age of interconnectedness.
  • Typical anytime Facebook buys something it goes down hill
  • pfft. I stopped using both services ages ago.
  • Never used Insta. Stopped using FB in 2008.
  • A couple things. The lack of integration does indeed suck but enough of an interesting and seemingly finite crowd are using Instagram the application, now, that's it's the way to go. I still post pictures through to my blog that will post to twitter. Same with Facebook. Pretty easy to get around, but of course not nearly as much in discretionary posting options. Bring me the new Instagram.
  • Hmm. I knew there was some reason why I never bothered to create an Instagram account.
  • The only reason I was using instagram was the ability to post pictures to both twitter and Facebook. Looks like I'll have to find an alternative.
  • What's the point? Why should I have to visit the instagram website or launch the app to view a photo?
  • Facebook is constantly making really strange business moves. They spend all of this money to buy Instagram and one of the first official things they do with it is make it less accessible and user friendly - it is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. I just started using Instagram and love the connections and pictures I have found and I just hope FB does not do more to ruin its effectiveness.
  • IFTTT has a work-around.
  • So in the 1/2 dozen articles I have read about this, including this one, is there some reason why no one is mentioning that this only affects the OFFICIAL twitter site and clients?? The millions of us that use 3rd party twitter clients aren't affected (at least yet). Is this some deep dark secret or something?
  • I agree with you mate. I can view all instagram pictures when using SocialScope app easy.. Only the official Twitter app does not show them. Thats on a BlackBerry btw.. Screw instagram. Once twitter pics and frames are sorted they will feel the payback. Update: just saw that twitter have updated and released their apps with filters now inclusive. Unsurprisingly, instagram have just updated their app too. The battle continues..