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Instagram shuts off Twitter image preview support

Nothing to do with Facebook, says CEO
Wed Dec 05 2012, 15:38

HIPSTER PHOTO SHARING APP Instagram announced today that it will no longer support Twitter cards, which means users will no longer be able to preview Instagram images on the microblogging social network.

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom confirmed the news at the Le Web'12 conference in Paris on Wednesday, saying the move has been made to benefit the company's recently launched web profiles.

"We think it's a better user experience, currently," Systrom added, explaining that Instagram's web profiles do a better job of displaying pictures than Twitter.

"I think this is an evolution of who we are and where we want links to our content to go.

"We will always be integrated with Twitter with regards to tweeting a link to your Instagram photo."

We know what you're thinking, and so did we. But Systrom claims this shift has nothing to do with Facebook's acquisition of Instagram.

"This is nothing to do with Facebook putting a policy on Instagram, nor is it anything to do with Facebook's acquisition [of Instagram]. It's simply us doing the correct thing for our business right now," Systrom said.

Nor has the move got anything to do with Twitter having shunned Instagram back in July, Systrom added. This move from the microblogging website saw Twitter remove the "Friends on Twitter" feature from the photo sharing app.

Twitter told The INQUIRER at the time, ""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." µ


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