Instagram puts a lid on Twitter support

By on December 6, 2012
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This is why your hipster pictures are all wonky.

Is your Instagram picture behaving all glitchy on Twitter? Well, it’s more than a glitch and there’s not much you can do about it. Because Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app, has disabled a feature called ‘Twitter cards’, which allows Twitter to properly display media content like pictures and video, embedded and viewed within a Twitter message.

Without Twitter card support, your Instagram photographs will show up as linked images, the quality of which leaves much to be desired. Users have complained that pictures are appearing weirdly cropped.

In a status update on its website, Twitter said, “Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration and, as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience.”

So, now users will have to go to Instagram’s own website to view their pictures. Chief Executive of Instagram, Kevin Systrom said this about withdrawing support for Twitter cards – “We believe the best experience is for us to link back to where the content lives.”

Before you chalk this up as another feud in time for the festive season, you might remember that rivalry between the two social media giants has been steadily growing ever since Facebook outbid Twitter to nab Instagram in April. In July, Twitter blocked Instagram from using its data to help new Instagram users find friends. And now in December, Instagram cuts off Twitter support. Oh ye mighty internet giants and your squabbles – you do entertain us, but has anyone asked users what they really want?


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

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