Do you post your Instagram photos to Twitter? If you do, you have probably noticed that the image does not show up. You only get the caption and a link to view the original image on Instagram. Your followers have to tap (or click) the link in order to see what you just posted. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a simple IFTTT recipe, you can have all your Instagram photos appear as a native images that are embedded in your Twitter feed for all to admire. Here’s how.
What is IFTTT?
If This Then That (IFTTT) is a service that lets you connect web-based accounts to automate one or more processes that may otherwise take you much longer to complete. These processes are called recipes. They are a list of instructions that, once activated, will run automatically in the background. There are recipes for all kinds of useful things, but the one we will look at today solves the problem of your Instagram photos not appearing in your Twitter feed. The recipe, and a link to add it to your own IFTTT account, is below.
How Does Instagram to Twitter Work?
When Instagram posts your latest update to Twitter it adds an instagram.com link to your Twitter feed. This gives a direct link to your image on Instagram, which is great, but no one on Twitter sees your image unless they follow the link. The IFTTT recipe above replaces the instagram.com link with a pic.twitter.com link – Twitter’s native image sharing service. It may sound like a small change, but it allows your Instagram images to appear as native images in your Twitter feed.
Once the IFTTT recipe is set up, ignore the post to Twitter button in the Instagram app. You don’t need it any more. All you need to do is post to Instagram, and let IFTTT do the rest. Check out the before and after shots below to see the difference.
Why Use IFTTT?
1. Not all your followers will follow you on all the social media platforms that you use. They may not use Instagram, and even if they do, they may not know that you use Instagram. Using the IFTTT recipe above will help reinforce another avenue that people have to follow you online.
2. Visual media is more appealing. Twitter can too often be a long stream of text orientated sharing, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can break up the monotony of a text-heavy feed with images, and if you use the right ones, you will get noticed more easily among the noise. Look at businesses and professionals that use Twitter well and you will see a visual feast of images that are designed to get your attention.
3. Why wouldn’t you do this?! It just looks better. You are sharing your Instagram photo to Twitter because you want others to see it. Make it easy on your followers and give them the chance to see it without clicking through to another site.
Any Disadvantages to IFTTT?
There must be a catch, right? No, not really. You may experience a short delay, (less than a minute), between posting from Instagram and the tweet appearing on Twitter, but it is nothing you will likely notice. You are of course still limited to the characters that will appear in a tweet, and occasionally IFTTT recipes fail to trigger or just need a refresh to jump start the automation process. This does not happen very often, but it does happen.
So, remember. Friends don’t let friends auto-post to their Instagram updates to Twitter. They show them how to use this IFTTT recipe instead! 🙂