Instagram embedding on Twitter is no more: Twitter photo filters incoming

In an attempt to corner off Twitter-integration from any third-party applications, Twitter has now announced that photo integration from Instagram will no longer work, meaning tweets with images will not have an image embedded in the tweet, but rather a traditional link to the image. Furthermore, images will not appear in the user photo gallery either.

Additionally, users are reporting issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter by clicking links. One of these issues includes images being cropped. This is because Instagram disabling its Twitter card integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed as pre-cards.

With Twitter fighting to keep integration from other social networks to a minimal, what is it trying to achieve by disabling things like embedded images? We can answer that.

Twitter is apparently going to release a set of photo filters for its service this holiday season according to sources involved with Twitter’s development. This explains why we’ve been seeing Jack Dorsey post black and white pictures filtered images like the one pictured below:

Twitter is trying to expand its user base by reducing the number of 3rd party-applications that are integrated into Twitter that improve the experience. Twitter wants to cut off use for Instagram, so that people will be more inclined to use the traditional Photobucket-powered image uploader with the filters it will provide. As stated previously, it is rumored that Twitter's revamped photo service will be upon us by the end of 2012 so that users can begin using it during the most festive moments of the holiday, which makes sense.

It’s still a little early on to determine whether this will work out for the social networking company, or whether it’ll do more harm than good.

Source: Twitter via AllThingsD | Image via Jack Dorsey
 

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Seemed like there was this period where EVERYONE on my facebook feed was posting every little flower they took a picture of and force through a filter on instagram. The popularity of that has died down considerably. Thank god.

Oh nos! How will people share their sh*tty photos now? If I never see another lomo-esque self-portrait or cat pic, I won't cry.

wow such bad management from Twitter's part. Just ask google's trainreck of buzz, wave, and plus: forcing people to use a service by means of cloning a more popular one and them with a bundle doesn't pay off. All it does is scare people away.

neonspark said,
wow such bad management from Twitter's part. Just ask google's trainreck of buzz, wave, and plus: forcing people to use a service by means of cloning a more popular one and them with a bundle doesn't pay off. All it does is scare people away.

Didn't the primary twitter people come from Google? I think you have your answer of the equal level of suck.

Nashy said,
Good. The sooner this **** ****s off the better. I'd much rather see an original shot.

I don't think you get it. The filters are now provided by Twitter itself. So if anything that means youre going to see more **** than ever.

siah1214 said,

I don't think you get it. The filters are now provided by Twitter itself. So if anything that means youre going to see more **** than ever.

This upsets me.

PatrynXX said,
Instagram is more usable on Iphone anyway. utterly useless on an android.

no client on blackberry neither... i cant understand why people use that thing it was instagram that didnt want to use image preview anymore

PatrynXX said,
Instagram is more usable on Iphone anyway. utterly useless on an android.

Doesn't your iphone come with a way to take pictures anyway?

PatrynXX said,
Instagram is more usable on Iphone anyway. utterly useless on an android.

WTF are you on about? This has nothing to do with the article that was posted.

Dot Matrix said,
Wasn't Twitter the "Facebook killer" at one point? My, my...
I think the usage scenarios for Twitter and Facebook are quite different, however their creators seem to have forgotten that and they're becoming more and more similar. I don't like it.

Twitter tries to appeal and get businessy, problem is, people will start to find out how much Twitter sucks and they will move on eventually.

Twitter isn't exactly a service that's irreplaceable.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
Twitter tries to appeal and get businessy, problem is, people will start to find out how much Twitter sucks and they will move on eventually.

Twitter isn't exactly a service that's irreplaceable.

GS:mac

I actually really like Twitter for how open a conversation can get. I also like the character limit as it prevents a lot of useless and spammy posts that you'd normally get on other social networking feeds. I agree with the fact it's not irreplaceable, but it offers a different experience to Facebook and Google+, which I hardly use when compared to my usage on Twitter.

Zeikku said,
I actually really like Twitter for how open a conversation can get. I also like the character limit as it prevents a lot of useless and spammy posts that you'd normally get on other social networking feeds. I agree with the fact it's not irreplaceable, but it offers a different experience to Facebook and Google+, which I hardly use when compared to my usage on Twitter.

Not to make fun, but it's funny that you should say it "prevents a lot of useless/spammy posts" when there are so many accounts made just to make spammy posts.

Hell, each follower I get, I have issue judging whether it's an actual person, or spammer or spam bot. Between automated messages and people who will just remove you later after you follow them so they can boost their follower count... it's... crazy.

And Google+ needs to go back in for a redesign. That site is absolutely hideous to look at, and I'm one who's normally loved Google designs...

dead.cell said,

Not to make fun, but it's funny that you should say it "prevents a lot of useless/spammy posts" when there are so many accounts made just to make spammy posts.

Hell, each follower I get, I have issue judging whether it's an actual person, or spammer or spam bot. Between automated messages and people who will just remove you later after you follow them so they can boost their follower count... it's... crazy.

And Google+ needs to go back in for a redesign. That site is absolutely hideous to look at, and I'm one who's normally loved Google designs...

I agree on the spammer part, let alone that friends' posts on Facebook always seem a lot more insightful and talkative to me than "140 must type lik in sms days 2 save space.oh space gone bye#letsthrowsomehashtagsinhere"
or some peeps tweeting about their restroom need.

I disagree on the Google+ design.
It's extremely polished imho, way better than their prior design and their iOS app design blew me away and made me want to use it more and more!

GS:ios

dead.cell said,

Not to make fun, but it's funny that you should say it "prevents a lot of useless/spammy posts" when there are so many accounts made just to make spammy posts.

Hell, each follower I get, I have issue judging whether it's an actual person, or spammer or spam bot. Between automated messages and people who will just remove you later after you follow them so they can boost their follower count... it's... crazy.

And Google+ needs to go back in for a redesign. That site is absolutely hideous to look at, and I'm one who's normally loved Google designs...

Spammers exist everywhere. You can't eliminate them entirely. My point is that relevant users are more inclined to post relevant things due to the character limit. Tweets are straight to the point -- like the tweets from the staff here at Neowin. We're all pretty active on Twitter and have some real good discussions on occasions.

I never "typ lyk dis" on Twitter or have ever needed to. If I need to extend that character limit for any reason, I use Twitlonger.

I actually really like the Google + design, it's the better one between Twitter, Facebook and G+. However, I just don't have a real need for it. It seems like something I'd really enjoy if more people embraced it though, but that's a real long-shot. None of my friends care for it, so I don't see why I should just yet.

Zeikku said,
Spammers exist everywhere. You can't eliminate them entirely. My point is that relevant users are more inclined to post relevant things due to the character limit. Tweets are straight to the point -- like the tweets from the staff here at Neowin. We're all pretty active on Twitter and have some real good discussions on occasions.

I guess I can see your point. I take it by less spammy, you meant there's less... how do you put it... jargon to read through? Less wall-of-texts I guess you could say.

I dunno. It's a give and a take I suppose. My thing is that I probably won't read anything, regardless of how long the message is, from someone I know to be a jackass. You can measure quantities of BS all day long, but at the end of the day, it's still BS.

As for G+, I actually would love it if they didn't make it feel so boxed in. Makes me feel claustrophobic. That's literally my only gripe. I'm not a picky person, but it's really off putting for me.

dead.cell said,

Not to make fun, but it's funny that you should say it "prevents a lot of useless/spammy posts" when there are so many accounts made just to make spammy posts.

Hell, each follower I get, I have issue judging whether it's an actual person, or spammer or spam bot. Between automated messages and people who will just remove you later after you follow them so they can boost their follower count... it's... crazy.

And Google+ needs to go back in for a redesign. That site is absolutely hideous to look at, and I'm one who's normally loved Google designs...

Twitter Spam is there. An inexperienced person would think that (based on a Twitter search) the iPhone 5 has an untethered jailbreak available. So much spam to fight through to find accurate information these days.

I think that G+ is awesome though. Their website design is really great as are their Android and iOS apps. Twitter makes decent apps too.