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A fellow Instagram user asked me why my Twitter posts from Instagram looked different. That is, my Instagram photo was viewable in the tweet itself. In December 2012, Instagram turned off Twitter Cards Integration, the ability to view Instagram photos directly in tweets.

The Instagram (IG) app can be configured to share to multiple social channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. However, there is little to no options for your post. That’s where IFTTT (If This Then That) comes in. IFTTT (a free service) is¬†basically¬†a web service that, after creating an account, allows you to connect to a multitude of web services (channels) like Dropbox and Facebook. From there, you create or use already created actions (recipes). When an event occurs (This), a resulting action takes place (That). I know, crazy and nebulous, right?!

IFTTT allows me to post my Instagram shot to Twitter with Twitter Card intact, photo viewable in the tweet. (Here comes the bonus offer pitch:) My IG tweets also contain the original Instagram URL for the full IG web profile experience.

My main social channel is Instagram but I maintain a presence on many other platforms. To maximize my reach across Social Media land, I use IFTTT. In a nutshell, here’s my current photo/Instagram/social workflow:

  1. shoot photo
  2. edit photo
  3. post to Instagram
  4. IFTTT automatically posts (with options) to: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and WordPress

These ‘recipes’ only apply to my Instagram activity. Check out IFTTT and the video below for more information.

6 Comments

  1. Timothy Girard
    May 5, 2013

    It took me a while, but I did get around to reading this blog post. Thanks, Dude! Now I understand. So, do you post all of your IG photos to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and WordPress, or do you selectively choose which photos go where?

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    • dan lum
      May 5, 2013

      Thanks for checking it out, Tim! I ‘turned off’ the Tumblr push because I want to maintain it as DSLR only moving forward. So, yes, one IG photo post gets pushed to Twitter, FB and Flickr. The post goes to WordPress when I add a special hashtag.

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      • Timothy Girard
        June 9, 2013

        It looks like you changed your mind about using Tumblr for DSLR photos. I’ve seen a lot of IG posts on your Tumblr lately. What prompted the change?

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        • dan lum
          June 9, 2013

          Yup. Flickr and its announcement of 1TB of storage has been a game changer for me. The plan now is to post to Flickr at full resolution and have it push to Tumblr. With Yahoo’s Tumblr acquisition, will wait to see what changes are made to the Yahoo ecosystem.

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  2. Chuck Rose
    May 22, 2013

    It took me awhile longer -thanks again for doing this Dan. I think I’ve figured it out, but not sure I have all the options correct

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    • dan lum
      May 26, 2013

      Glad to be of help, Chuck. Let me know if you have questions. It continues to be a great tool to cover more social media ground, with less work.

      Reply

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