MICRO BLOGGING WEB SITE Twitter has removed the "Find friends on Twitter" feature from the photo sharing app Instagram.
Users who update their Instagram apps today and try to use the function will instead be greeted by a message that reads, "Unable to Find Friends. Twitter no longer allows its users to access this information in Instagram via the Twitter API. We apologize for any inconvenience."
A spokesperson for Twitter told The INQUIRER, "We understand that there's great value associated with Twitter's follow graph data, and we can confirm that it is no longer available within Instagram."
The change has left many wondering if Facebook's acquisition of Instagram has anything to do with it. Either that, or Twitter has decided it wants more control over the user experience on its web site.
However, Instagram announced Thursday that it has passed the 80 million users mark. It could be that Twitter thinks Instagram is now a competitor and can fend for itself.
Twitter made a similar move with professional social network Linkedin earlier this month when it cut its ties.
The two social networks had partnered in 2009 in a deal that meant users could synchronise their Linkedin accounts with Twitter so that tweets appeared on their Linkedin profiles automatically. However, Linkedin recently acknowledged that the two firms will no longer work together due to Twitter's revamped API. µ