December 5, 2012

Hell hath no fury like a social media application scorned, an old adage proved true yet again this week when Twitter began acting much like we all do online, subtly undermining and passive-aggressively fucking with its peers. Twitter, who has been engaged in a pissing match with Instagram since it was acquired by Facebook, explained the changes thusly:

“Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. Issues include cropped images. This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience. So, when users click on Tweets with an Instagram link, photos appear cropped.”

Remember when Instagram blocked the ability to find friends using Twitter? Harsh move. Not chill at all.

I don’t know what any of that means, but it sounds bitchy. As the New York Times points out:

For now, Instagram photos appear incorrectly on Twitter, sometimes showing up cropped or off center. It is unclear if Instagram will completely disable the ability for Twitter to show pictures on its Web site.

Photo sharing continues to be a volatile battleground for social networking services, and given the potential advertising dollars at stake, the tensions will likely continue to grow.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t escalate too much further. We all remember what happened in the infamous MakeOutClub/LiveJournal tragedy of 2002. None of us are prepared to live through that again.

Follow Luke O’Neil on Twitter but probably don’t click in his Instagrams for a while I guess?

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