When Facebook purchased Instagram earlier this year, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom promised the popular photo-sharing app wouldn’t favor one social media platform over the other. He lied.
As of today Instagram has disabled Twitter integration, forcing users to click links directing back to the newly launched Instagram.com. This means you will no longer see photos posted from Twitter in your timeline, instead you’ll only see the link.
Via USA Today:
Instagram disabled its Twitter-cards integration on Wednesday — the panels that Twitter uses to display images within a Twitter stream.
Twitter said in a post on its website that users are experiencing difficulties viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. Photos are displayed “using a pre-cards experience,” and that when you click on Instagram links within Tweets, the photos appear cropped or off-center.
The New York Times and others report that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom confirmed that the company has removed the option to send pictures to Twitter and that Instagram plans to cut off the ability to embed pictures on Twitter.
Speaking at the LeWeb technology conference, Systrom said he wants better integration between the Instagram app and the Instagram website:
“We wanted to make sure we direct users to where the content lives originally, so they get the full Instagram experience,” Instagram CEO Kevin System said, “It’s just about where do you go to interact with that image? We want that to be on Instagram.com because it has a better user experience currently.”
Instagram, which is now owned by Facebook, rolled out web pages for its users last month. When someone clicks on an Instagram link in a photo, they will now be directed to the user’s Instagram web page to view the photo.
Photo posting to Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr will not be affected by these changes.
Are we the only ones bothered by this? This seems totally unfair.