updated 03:53 pm EST, Wed December 5, 2012
Instagram CEO says Twitter integration will stay
Instagram removed its service's compatibility with Twitter's Twitter card feature today, highlighting the tension that has grown between the two networks since Instagram was purchased by Facebook earlier this year. An update from Twitter earlier today pointed out that Twitter users were having problems viewing Instagram photos on Twitter due to Instagram having disabled its Twitter card integration. The change means that Instagram photos appear now appear cropped until they are viewed in Instagram's web portal. Meanwhile, Instagram's CEO maintains that the company still has a close relationship with Twitter.
The Verge reports that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said today that Instagram "will always be integrated with Twitter in a way that you can tweet out from Instagram to Twitter." Removing Twitter card support, though, was "the correct thing for our business to do at this time," and "isn't actually a consequence of us getting acquired" by Facebook.
Systrom continued, "we have a really good relationship with Twitter."
Since Facebook's acquisition of the photo sharing service, the competition between Instagram and Twitter has continued to ramp up. In September, figures emerged from comScore showing that Instagram had surpassed Twitter in terms of daily active mobile users.