Millions Of Hipsters Cry Out In Terror As Instagram Shuts Down Twitter Photo Integration

We’ve known for a little while that this was coming, but yesterday Instagram turned off all support for Twitter cards, confirmed a Facebook spokesperson to AllThingsD.

You can check for yourself – while Instagram links are still coming through, the images are no longer viewable inside Twitter (specifically, Twitter’s “cards”, which are tweets that expand to display rich media within the tweet). Instead, you have to click on the link, which will load up in a separate window.

Yep: your life just got twice as hard.

Twitter confirmed the termination Sunday with two announcements on its status blog:

Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. Issues include cropped images. 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.

Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. As a result, photos are no longer appearing in Tweets or user photo galleries.

While tweeting links to Instagram photos is still possible, you can no longer view the photos on Twitter, as was previously the case.

Of course, this is very much a first world problem – I mean, really, who cares, right? Well, Instagram folks who like sharing pictures on Twitter do, and many have been quick to criticise Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom for his short-sightedness.

And let’s not forget, Twitter started all this nonsense, after Instagram was cruelly snatched for their eager hands by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. And both companies have been attacked for putting their personal differences above that of the core user experience.

But does it *really* matter? Is not being able to view Instagram photos within a tweet really all that big of a deal? Could you simply start using another service – perhaps Twitter’s own upcoming photo filters – to share your snaps? Or is there something bigger at play here, with this ongoing feud just another example of Twitter’s inability to play nice with any third party? Hit the comments to let us know just how badly this has impacted your day.