Monday, December 10, 2012

No more viewing of Instagram photos on Twitter, as Twitter Cards integration disabled

She's dead, Jim. The connection between Instagram and Twitter, that is, at least in terms of photos.

Instagram completely disabled support for Twitter's new Cards technology on Sunday, following an earlier move last week that left photos still appearing in user's Twitter stream, but looking unoptimized, off-center, or just plain wonky. The new move eliminates them totally.

Naturally users can still post links to their Instagram photos on Twitter. However, they will no longer be able to view the photos directly from within the Twitter stream -- either on Twitter's website or in mobile apps. Instead, users will see a white space where the image should be, and a link to the image on Instagram's site.

Twitter noted the move in a blog post on Sunday afternoon:
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.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said last week, while explaining the change at the Le Web conference, that one of the main drivers for disabling Twitter card integration was that Instagram wants its users to view their photos on its own Web site and not on Twitter. Instagram recently revamped its website and its user experience on the site.

Of course, the move also makes sense since Instagram is now owned by Facebook, as a result of the social networking giant's acquisition of the image sharing service in April. Of note is that after the acquistion the company said that it would continue to support other social networks, but that apparently doesn't mean "fully."



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