Instagram, Twitter War Commences

by , Dec 5, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Increasing tensions between Twitter and Instagram, Facebook’s photo sharing service has disabled the ability for Twitter users to properly display Instagram photos.

“Welcome to the Photo Wars,” The New York Times’ Bits blog writes on the news.

Addressing the move at a conference this week, Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s founder and CEO, said Instagram wants to take control of its content, TechCrunch reports.

“Instagram's CEO wants people to use the new Web client on because he thinks it is a better user experience,” writes The Verge.

“Over time, Instagram images will no longer display inline on and will require users to click links to view images on the Instagram website,” according to The Next Web.

“The move was likely done by Instagram as part of a growing battle between [Instagram’s] parent company Facebook and rival Twitter, both of which are fighting to gain dominance in the photo-sharing space,” reasons VentureBeat.

“This is a huge departure from how things used to be, with the two services working hand in hand,” notes Business Insider.

“Things have been … tense between [Twitter] and Instagram, especially after Facebook acquired Instagram earlier this year,” GigaOm writes. “In July, Twitter blocked Instagram users from being able to find Twitter friends through the photo-sharing service.”


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