Instagram is great for posting your content to other platforms. From Instagram to Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr, your posts come out looking great. But when you share your pictures to Twitter, that my friends, is a different story.
— Tyler Lawrence (@TyLawMMA) March 27, 2014
In December of 2012 Instagram changed the way their photos appear when tweeted through their application. Above is an example of what it looks like when you share your Instagram pictures to Twitter when uploading new images on Instagram.
Instead of the picture showing up, a hyperlink to the picture shows up in the tweet (see above) forcing users to view the image in a browser. While Instagram may feel like this helps them, it alters and hurts the user experience for their users and their followers on Twitter. Talk about some counter-programming, right?
The good news is that we can fix this problem using an IFTTT recipe. By enabling an IFTTT recipe I mentioned in a previous blog post, we can bypass the image being tweeted as a URL and allow it to upload as an image tweet (see below).
^Instagram image shown on Instagram
— Tyler Lawrence (@TyLawMMA) May 8, 2014
^Image Tweet shown on Twitter
So before you post your next Instagram picture and share it to Twitter, you need to setup this useful automation process. Let me share with you how to post Instagram photos to Twitter as picture tweets. You have two options:
1. Post Every Instagram Picture You Upload as a Native Twitter Picture
Every image you upload to Instagram will automatically be tweeted from your Twitter profile.
Note: There is a slight delay but it actually works in your advantage: If you post something to Instagram and then delete the text you inputted for the picture and re-enter new text quickly, the tweet will reflect the new text.
2. Post Only Instagram Pictures With A Specific Hashtag
Just tag your Instagram photo with #twitter (or a tag of your choice) and it will post to Twitter as native image with card. Below you will find a step-by-step process to help you setup this Instagram/Twitter IFTTT recipe.
Step-by-Step Automation Setup
Step 1 Click the “Use” button on the recipe above that you want to setup.
Step 2 Sign in with your IFTTT account. Create one if you don’t have one. It’s free.
Step 3 Activate your Instagram and Twitter channels before using this recipe.
Step 4 Click the “Use Recipe” button to activate the automation tool for your channels.
Depending upon the the option you chose above, your photo tweet will either automatically go out each time you post a picture to Instagram or when you use a specific hashtag. I share this with everyone I come in contact with that use Instagram to post to Twitter and I want you to share it with your followers too. They will thank you for it.
As always, if you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below and I will answer them.