How to display Instagram photos directly on Twitter

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 11, 2012
Updated • Dec 11, 2012
Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

Make it three in a row (I'm talking about Twitter posts). So, Instagram apparently decided to pull photo tweets from Twitter, which basically means that you need to click through to the Instagram website instead to view the photo that you or someone else shared on the social networking site. I'm not entirely sure why the decision has been made, but one reason may have been the additional traffic the site would be getting when users started to click through to view the photos.

To make matters worse for Instagram, Twitter announced its own photo filtering feature for its mobile applications. The verdict is still out whether this will put a serious dent to Instagram's future on Twitter.

Still, what's very real is that you can't view posted Instagram photos on Twitter directly anymore, which to be frank, is not the best of user experiences.

The Google Chrome extension InstaTwit adds capabilities to view Instagram photos on Twitter back to the site. All you have to do is install the extension in your browser, everything else works automatically from here on out. To view an Instagram photo on Twitter simply click on the message to expand it which should reveal the photo in all of its glory to you right underneath the post.

twitter instagram photos

You can still use the link posted in the message pointing to the original photo on Instagram to go to the site to check it out there. You may want to do that if you want to read the comments posted on Instagram or browse the uploader's other photos on Instagram. A click on the photo on Twitter leads to the same page on Instagram.

InstaTwit is a handy extension for Chrome users who want to view Instagram photos right on Twitter. Doing so saves time, especially if the people you are following on Twitter happen to post a lot of photos to the site.


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