Instagram no longer allowing photos to be displayed properly via Twitter

Posted on Dec 5 2012 - 2:30pm by Mike Wewerka

Me, me, me… mine, mine, mine. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like all of these social media apps/networks, that once all worked together harmoniously have now have begun to act like toddlers fighting over the cool trike on the playground. The latest comes from Instagram, arguably the most popular photo sharing service on mobile (and now web) devices, who have blocked photos uploaded to their service from appearing “correctly” via Twitter apps. Users who happen to upload a photo from Instagram to Twitter, are experiencing some odd issues, like their images being cropped wrong or just not showing up right.

Because of the issue, users began to flood the inbox at Instagram and Twitter, complaining about all the unusual occurrences when uploading their images, but Instagram was already well aware… they intended for this to happen. Twitter however came clean and say that Instagram has changed the way their photos interact with Twitter, basically saying that they’ve [Instagram] decide to no longer use Twitter Cards (which is basically a quick summary of content on their network), so images won’t appear as normal.

“Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. Issues include cropped images. 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.”

-Twitter response

So why all of a sudden would Instagram chose to restrict access to their user’s photos on Twitter? Simple, Instagram is growing and branching out. The service, which is now home to over 30 million users, has begun to strengthen its portfolio, from creating a more power app, to the more recent release of Web Profiles, which allows users to view their friends and followers photos on the web, as well as their own.

Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO, released a statement regarding the change:

“A handful of months ago, we supported Twitter cards because we had a minimal Web presence. We’ve since launched several improvements to our Web site 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. We will continue to evaluate how to improve the experience with Twitter and Instagram photos,” Systrom said.

So much for “business as usual” since their sale to Facebook. Don’t be surprised when Instagram starts to allow its 30 million users the ability to send out “Grams” of written text, very similar to Twitter’s “tweets.” It’s only a matter of time. In the meanwhile, try not to get annoyed when your awesome filter drowned photos don’t post right when uploading to Twitter.