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:
My IKEA lamp is the same one NASA uses in the future! Go see the Martian! https://t.co/im4KSoakpU
— Rob Attrell (@RobAttrell) October 14, 2015
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:
Gah, sunsets! You rock my socks off! #sunset #winter #ottawa https://t.co/032IwTkNTW pic.twitter.com/SuUVbq1mDq
— Rob Attrell (@RobAttrell) February 22, 2016
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.