Say bye to finding Twitter friends on Instagram

By on July 27, 2012
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Twitter cuts off API access.

If you update to the latest version of Instagram (2.5.1), released on July 26, you will notice that you can’t search for your Twitter friends anymore. Instead, you will get a message that says, “Unable to Find Friends. Twitter no longer allows its users to access this information in Instagram via the Twitter API. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

While The “Tweet Photo” feature is still available, the option which allowed users to follow the same people they follow on Twitter on Instagram has been cut off.

Reasons for Twitter blocking API access to Instagram for this particular feature have not been made known, but many speculate that the cut off could be due to the sheer size of Instagram.  80 million users have shared 4 billion photos so far, as reported by Instagram yesterday on its blog. Others are taking the more cynical view of this being a way for Twitter to take a potshot at rival Facebook which now owns the popular photo-sharing app.

Or it may simply be that Twitter is taking more control over its own platform. As recently as a month ago, Twitter disabled the feature that let LinkedIn users publish tweets to their profiles in a similar manner.

Could selective API access be the way of things to come for Twitter which has, in the past, encouraged developers to use its platform freely?


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

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