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December 11, 2012

Instagram Feuding with Twitter?

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

For the most part, social networking sites seem to have an uneasy truce that allows them to work within one another, while at the same time competing against one another for users. When it comes to Instagram and Twitter (News - Alert), that agreement isn’t much of one at all. 

Instagram has pulled support from Twitter, which means people who were taking pictures with the Instagram application were not seeing their photos show up in their feeds.

This particular change does not mean both networks have completely severed ties. Users are still able to tweet their many dozens of photos they took during the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Instead of having the photos show up in the Twitter feed, they’ll be able to Tweet a link to their photos. 

Instagram made the rather curt announcement that it had made the changes with a short company statement. "Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter," the microblogging service reported in a status update posted online Sunday evening. "As a result, photos are no longer appearing in tweets or user photo galleries."

It appears that the way that photos are showing up in Twitter is the main reason Instagram is pulling support. Over the last few weeks, Instagram had reports of users complaining about the way photos were looking in their feeds. Obviously when you’re talking about a company whose reputation hinges on aesthetics, cutting the perceived weak link is an easy decision. 

Others believe Twitter’s plan to include a “photo filter” to its next mobile application update might be behind the chilly treatment. Should Twitter launch the photo filter, the platform would become a direct competitor to Instagram.

Uneasy truces rarely exist when between two companies who are so obviously competing for the same group of people.

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Edited by Braden Becker
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