As of Sunday, Instagram photos no longer display on Twitter as cards but as links to a photo’s Instagram URL. Viewing Instagram photos now involve an extra click and images that were previously shared on Twitter via Instagram no longer appear on a user’s profile.
In response to Instagram’s actions, Twitter has released an updated app that allows users to edit and refine photos with a filter. Images shared via the Twitter app will now appear as cards in tweet streams and Instagram photos will continue to appear as links.
If you were a hardcore Instagram user that also shared images on Twitter, you’ll also notice that those images no longer appear on your Twitter profile.
Overall, the impact of these updates mean:
- The best way to share photos on Twitter is to use Twitter’s app
- Content publishers now need extra time to jump from one app to the other to share a single photo
- If a publisher continues to share Instagram photos on Twitter, he/she should include a clear description of the photo to entice followers to click
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