Instagram users will no longer be able to find their friends on Twitter, as the micro-blogging site has blocked Instagram from that part of its Twitter connection.
Now when users log in, they’ll see the following message: “Twitter no longer allows its users to access this information in Instagram via the Twitter API. We apologize for any inconvenience.” But they will still be able to tweet photos from Instagram.
TechCrunch’ Alexia Tsotsis noted that other networks including Foursquare and Fancy were still using the “find friends” feature. She speculated that Instagram’s grand scale (80 million users and counting) likely made it the largest network in Twitter’s follow graph, and therefore a threat.
The company might be bracing itself for Instagram to fully integrate with Facebook, suggested AllThingsD’s Mike Isaac, which could very well happen once the company’s sale to Facebook is complete. Facebook did the same thing to Twitter in 2010, when the microblogging site encouraged users to follow their Facebook friends on Twitter.
Twitter didn’t have too much to say about that. The company told TheNextWeb: “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.”
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