If you’ve been on Twitter in the last few days, you’ve noticed that Instagram photos haven’t been showing up on your feed. Super annoying, right? Well, you might have to get used to it, as Twitter and Instagram have both confirmed that IG photos will no longer show up on the popular social media site.
Many believe that this is just another way that Instagram and Facebook (which bought IG for $8 billion back in April), is distancing itself from Twitter, since FB and Twitter are neck and neck as the Internet’s number one and number two social media sites. It was Instagram’s decision to stop displaying photos on Twitter feeds, as their chief executive, Kevin Systrom, said “We’ve decided that right now, what makes sense, is to direct our users to the Instagram website.”
In yet another interesting turn it’s being reported that Twitter, to compete with the photo-sharing app, will begin offering Instagram-like photo filters for users to put on their snapshots. Twitter senior designer Coleen Baik said in a blog post that users will “be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter.” Adding, “The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet.”
Though some have been complaining about the lack of Instagram automatically showing up, most predict it won’t have much affect on the way people use Twitter. Also, many think Twitter is doing this in order to become a one-stop shop social media site — just like Facebook. Seems like a lot of drama for sites where people post pictures of their food and write quippy status updates!
What do you think of this social media rivalry? Are you Team Facebook/Instagram? Or Team Twitter? Let us know in the comments!