December 5, 2012
Twitter Clash With Instagram Leaves Users With Cropped Photos
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Today, Twitter has said that Instagram is no longer playing nicely with the way they display pictures, which could make these over-filtered images look worse than they already do.
“Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. Issues include cropped images,” reads a statement on Twitter´s Status page. “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.”
Twitter has recently been making moves to isolate themselves from their partners, recently turning off a friend finder feature, keeping Instagram users from finding friends on the social tweeter when they search the network's user list.
Today´s clash wasn´t started by Twitter, however, as Instagram´s CEO Kevin Systrom has acknowledged that it is his company that stopped playing nicely with the micro-blogging service.
Interestingly enough, Systrom is also saying he wants the Instagram app and web site to be the only place where users interact with the site.
“We want to direct users to where the content lives originally,” explained Systrom to All Things D at the LeWeb conference in Paris. “Where do you go to interact with [an Instagram] image? We want that to be instagram.com because that´s a better user experience.”
“We´ve decided that right now, what makes sense, is to direct our users to the Instagram Web site,” he added. “Obviously things change as a company evolves.”
The acquisition of Instagram by Facebook was finally settled this past September.
Instagram was originally set to walk away from the acquisition with their company intact and $1 billion richer. However, a bungled Facebook IPO and stocks which continue to perform below where they started brought this price closer to $741 million.
Instagram may decide to make their app and Web site the one place to interact with their service, but they obviously won´t be shutting out Facebook anytime soon. As it stands, some Instagram images are showing up as cropped when viewed at Twitter.com or other Twitter clients. In the near future, although Systrom hasn´t said exactly when, Instagram images will no longer be viewable on Twitter.
While this move certainly looks vindictive and childish, the New York Times and All Things D have both heard from inside sources that Twitter is planning on building their own filters to be used with Twitter´s own photo hosting service.
Jack Dorsey, a creator of Twitter and founder of Square, has also recently been posting black and white pictures to his Twitter feed. While this sounds benign, All Things D holds that these pictures are being taken and uploaded within the Twitter app without being manipulated in another app first.
It looks as if there will now be a photo battle between Instagram and Twitter amidst the larger Facebook and Twitter war.