Instagram disables Twitter photo integration: What does it mean for users?

instagram-twitter-photo-problem-cropped-error-twitter.jpgNotice an issue with your Instagram photos appearing on Twitter on Wednesday (Dec. 5)? It's not a glitch, and it's not an issue with Twitter revoking access like it has with other apps like LinkedIn.  

"Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter," the social networking site posts in a status update. "This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience. So, when users click on Tweets with an Instagram link, photos appear cropped."

Now rather than appearing inline with a tweet in mobile apps, the images are appearing cut off. And according to Instagram via CNN, the images won't exist at all on Twitter going forward.

Instagram founder Kevin Systrom says in a statement to CNN, "A handful of months ago, we supported Twitter cards because we had a minimal web presence. We've since launched several improvements to our website that allow users to directly engage with Instagram content through likes, comments, hashtags, and now we believe the best experience is for us to link back to where the content lives."  

Systrom adds that Facebook's acquisition of Instagram had little to do with the move. But Facebook and Twitter have been a little Hatfield-McCoy for awhile now -- Facebook, after all, acquired Instagram in part because it knew Twitter was looking to do the same thing. And then Twitter revoked Instagram's ability to locate users' Twitter followers.  

Good news for users, though: You can still tweet links to your photos from Instagram's app, and they'll still show up just fine. So pretty much, it'll just mean an extra click to view photos. But still, it was just so much prettier when the photos showed up with a tweet.
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