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I love Instagram; I think it’s the best social media platform, especially for Architects. However Instagram definitely has some bugs to it.
Figuring out how to get Twitter and Instagram to talk nicely was kind of a chore for me. I struggled with this issue for a long time before I found a solution.
The problem I had was that when I posted my awesome pictures and shared them to Twitter, Twitter disregarded the picture and just provided a link to the picture. This was basically useless.
Let me give you an example of what I am talking about:
Here we are in Instagram. If you click the share to Twitter button, your picture is going to look like this.
It takes your picture and turns it into a stupid text link. Ugh…
Facebook doesn’t have this problem. If you click the Facebook button, it will drop your Instagram pics onto your Facebook wall very nicely.
My Twitter followers attention spans aren’t long enough for me to hope they click the links to get my Instagram pics. No offense, but those links are useless.
My Twitter attention span is about 2 seconds-maximum. If a tweet doesn’t capture my attention in less than 2 seconds, I’m done. Do I click external text links to look at Instagram pictures on Twitter??? No, of course not, and neither do you!
IFTT will fix it
Let me introduce you to a little friend of mine called “If this then that” or IFTTT.
IFTTT is a pretty simple concept. If “this thing happens” then “that thing happens”.
IFTTT syncs all of your apps and little web applications, making them communicate nicely with each other. It sets up little computer scripts, which it refers to as recipes. I was able to find a recipe that solved my little Instagram to Twitter dilemma.
Here is what it looks like with the IFTTT recipe looks in the Twitter feed.
It’s not perfect (it cropped off the top and bottom of the picture) but it is 100 times better, then a stupid link. If you click the tweet, the whole image appears. Twitter is only going to show a window of your image in the feed that is 440 x 220 pixels and centered. I’m OK with that.
Here’s a link to the recipe “Post your Instagram pictures as native Twitter pictures”
Now, I don’t bother with any of the social media buttons in the Instagram app. I just let IFTTT handle my Instagram with these automated recipes.
Here are a few things to consider before you go nuts on IFTTT
- If you have an important hashtag, make sure you post it in the first 150 characters otherwise it will get lost in your tweet.
- IFTT recipes only run every few hours, so the pictures will not appear until the recipe runs. If you want, you can log on to the website and manually run the recipe to make sure it is working properly.
- Be careful of any recipes that send you an email or a notification. IFTTT could drive you crazy with all the notifications.
- Be careful when syncing your phone to it. I setup a recipe to upload any picture I took to Dropbox and it drained all my data in 2 days. If that’s something you need, then do it with the native Dropbox app. It will only do uploads when your phone is connected to wifi.
IFTTT can be really powerful if you use it appropriately. Check out some of the other recipes they have. There are a million possibilities. I also use the following non-Instagram IFTTT recipes.
Download reddit/wallpaper to Dropbox ….to a folder that is set as my desktop backgrounds.
I used to have a lot more but I ended up deleting a lot of them. They were firing at me in all directions and I got overwhelmed.
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