Instagram has stopped Twitter from showing photos taken using its service as ‘cards’, making them appear cropped. Rather than a technical problem, it may be the result of a ‘tit-for-tat’ struggle between the two internet giants.
On 5 December, Twitter explained the issue as follows: “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.”
Instagram’s chief executive Kevin Systrom, speaking at the LeWeb conference in Paris (and quoted by The Guardian), said that “we will always be integrated with Twitter in a way that you can tweet out from Instagram to Twitter”, but he added that changes were being made to the way the two services interact.
Systrom reportedly denied that the changes were a reaction to Twitter recently blocking access by Instagram users to the Twitter social graph (a way of finding your contacts on the service) or that it was anything to do with Instagram being taken over by Facebook in April 2012.
Twitter has also blocked other large-scale services such as LinkedIn and Tumblr from accessing its API (application programming interface) and the social graph.
In August this year Instagram overtook Twitter in terms of daily mobile users in the US. Until now Instagram photos and Twitter updates could be interconnected in a simple way. However, Instagram’s owners at Facebook may not be happy about users drifting away to a competing social network, especially as Instagram is looking beyond mobile apps by developing its web interface and having a closer integration with Facebook.
Twitter itself is also rumoured to be at work on adding Instagram-style photo filters to its photo management features. If that’s the case, the rivalry between the two services will only escalate.
Via The Guardian