Do you remember how great it used to look when you could post your Instagram photos into your Twitter timeline?
Then, Twitter went and changed the process, leaving followers to see only an Instagram link, perhaps because Instagram was acquired by rival Facebook.
Well, I recently started using “If this, then that” at ifttt.com, a free service that allows users to create simple “recipes” to automate the re-sharing of content across networks and platforms.
Now, when I post to Instagram, Twitter reposts the photo to pic.twitter.com, and it looks like this on Twitter:
The steps are so simple and intuitive that you really don’t need to read them here, but just to reaffirm:
1) Set up your free account at ifttt.com.
2) Click “Create a recipe.”
3) Click on “If this.”
4) Click on the Instagram icon.
5) Click on “Any new photo by you,” (or one of the alternative choices if you prefer.)
6) Click “Create trigger.” Log into your Instagram account if prompted.
7) Click on “Then that.”
8) Click on the Twitter icon.
9) Click in “Post a tweet with image.” Log into your Twitter account if prompted.
10) Leave the default “Action Fields” and click “Create Action.”
Then, just post a photo on Instagram, check your Twitter profile a little bit later and do a victory dance when you see how great it looks.
- Reposting to Twitter is sometimes delayed. It seems to take about 15 minutes on average. So, this isn’t the best process for breaking news coverage.
- Don’t click on the Twitter sharing button inside the Instagram mobile app anymore. That will still post the link and caption to your twitter profile, and then IFTTT will post to Twitter again with the photo. That can look a little messy and maybe confuse or annoy your Twitter followers.