Instagram Says Sayonara To Twitter

Ever since Twitter missed out on snagging Instagram, relations between the two tech companies have been strained. Twitter cut off Instagram’s “find friends from Twitter” feature, but Instagram found a work-around (of sorts) with @mention translations.

But now, it seems Instagram isn’t happy with that. And it isn’t happy with merely beating Twitter for the share of daily mobile users. Instagram is the one that wants out and they’ve taken steps to permanently severe cross-platform sharing in the future.

 The New York Times shares that today Instagram disabled the ability for Twitter to properly display Instagram photos. And there’s more to come.

Speaking at the LeWeb technology conference, Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s chief executive, confirmed that the company has removed the ability to send pictures to Twitter, and plans to completely cut off embedding pictures on the Twitter Web site.

“We’ve decided that right now, what makes sense, is to direct our users to the Instagram Web site,” Mr. Systrom said, noting that Instagram images will soon no longer be visible on Twitter. “Obviously things change as a company evolves.”

When will this happen? Who knows – but soon, no doubt.

And as noted on Social Times, regardless of which company you’re rooting for (if any), the real loser here is you (the user):

Dave Winer, a prominent developer, wrote on his blog, “It’s not black and white. Not ‘Twitter Bad’ or ‘Instagram Bad.’ IMHO the only thing that’s bad is the lack of diversity. These sites are growing too large, and we’re growing too dependent on them. And as often happens in tech, the users and open standards become an afterthought to the warfare between large companies. But the good news is that this kind of fighting is a sign of an implosion coming soon, and a new period of expansion and innovation.”

Will you miss this integration?

(Saying goodbye image from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.