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Post a proper linked Instagram photo to Twitter, like a Gentleman

When you used to post Instagram photos to Twitter, it would automatically expand the photo in Twitter, to show your beautiful shot in all its glory. However, when Twitter launched its own photo sharing natively, it started blocking the auto-expanding of photos from Instagram, so pictures looked ugly as heck when shared from Instagram to Twitter. Here’s what I mean:

Sharing images the regular way (like I did above) leaves this text-based tweet, leaving users to guess what the picture is of, because neither Instagram nor Twitter wants to cede ground on letting users of both platforms see pictures from the others’ social network.

However, I’ve come up with a fix, and it involves a great service called IFTTT. If you’re not using it already, do yourself a favour and go sign up. Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is go to this link, and you’ll be able to post directly from Instagram to Twitter, with a full resolution version of the photo, while still maintaining a link back to Instagram in case people want to go check out your other photos. That looks like this:

As you can see, that’s way better, but you still get the link back to Instagram.

PS. If you’re using this recipe from IFTTT, you shouldn’t select the native Twitter sharing when posting in Instagram, or you’ll end up with a double post, one with the image, and one without. And nobody wants that.

Post a proper linked Instagram photo to Twitter, like a gentleman. by robattrell – IFTTT

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Damien bowls a strike! (January 26)

I missed a day. Well, I didn’t miss it, but I certainly didn’t post anything here about what I did. I don’t really feel bad about that, because I’ve been making so many things this year that I don’t feel the need (or sometimes, make the time) to write about all of my projects here.

Anyhow, on Monday, I went bowling with some of my friends. I really like taking a set of photos with my phone, because Google Photos (on iOS and Android) not only backs up photos, but lets you create amazing GIFs like the one above, from up to 50 photos.

If you don’t use Google Photos, you totally should, you can get unlimited photo and video backup, shared albums, and so much more. It’s amazing. And when I’m older, Damien bowling this perfect strike will be preserved in all its glory.

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I freaking love sunsets (January 23)

I’ve mentioned before that I like sunsets. When I have a day where I’m not really making anything, sometimes I just have to look up and see the beautiful colours a setting sun can give me. If you don’t like sky pictures, I’m sorry, because I do. These pictures were about 7 minutes apart, as the sun gets lower, the colours usually get better and better.

A photo posted by Rob Attrell (@robattrell) on Jan 23, 2016 at 2:02pm PST

A photo posted by Rob Attrell (@robattrell) on Jan 23, 2016 at 2:16pm PST