Twitter Cuts Off Instagram: Is This Sour Grapes Or Will We Soon Face A Difficult Choice?

Are you fond of connecting with Twitter followers on Instagram? Well, unless you already synced up your accounts and followed everyone you wanted to, you’re out of luck.

Twitter no longer allows Instagram to access its API and pull in “friends from Twitter.”

The move does not bode well for apps seeking frictionless sharing with the platform in the future.

Coming at you just a month after it cut off LinkedIn (no longer allowing you to share tweets on the professional platform), Twitter has cut off Instagram’s API access as well.

Is this sour grapes over losing out on purchasing the popular photo-sharing app to Facebook?

TechCrunch ponders that the change “possibly came about over concerns about Instagram’s scale and its strain on data pulls,” so we guess that’s a possibility. Maybe.


Developers have been worried about Twitter’s future API plans ever since it released its vague and intimidating “consistent experience” guidance earlier this month. Is this a sign of things to come?

Forbes seems to think Twitter will cut off Facebook next. But that seems kind of suicidal, doesn’t it? If businesses have to choose between Twitter and Facebook (and they will as there’s only so much time for social media marketing in a day), smart money is probably on Facebook winning that contest. But what do you think?

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@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.