Instance, the unofficial Instagram client on Windows Phone, experiencing strange issues [Update]

Those of you using Instance, the unofficial Instagram client for Windows Phone, have probably noticed that things aren't running as smoothly as they should since yesterday. Indeed Instance seems to be in some trouble.

The problems started when Instagram changed their keys that are used to authenticate, and Windows Phone users obviously got left out. However that problem was quickly fixed once Daniel Gary, the app’s developer, got wind of it.

However what’s been happening ever since is a lot stranger. Users are reporting uploading images to Instagram only to have them disappear a few seconds later. There’s no clear explanation why this is happening and Daniel Gary half-jokingly posted the tweet below.

Could this actually be the end of the line for Instance and other non-official Instagram clients on Windows Phone? We certainly hope not, but we've got our tin-foil hats ready just in case.

Update: An Instagram spokesperson has confirmed that this is happening due to a change in their API. The official reason reads "We recently made an update to the systems that we use to fight spam to help prevent future attacks and increase security". The change seems to be affecting all unofficial Instagram clients, not just Instance.

Via: WPCentral |Image courtesy of WPC

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