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Make Instagram and Twitter Play Nice

Let’s take a break from our  regularly  scheduled programming. If there is one thing that I’m all about, it’s about solving all the world’s problems. One of those crazy, out-of-whack problems recently is how Instragram (owned by Facebook) and Twitter are being jerks to each other. In fact, they’ve gotten so stubborn with each other that recently Instagram stopped allowing Twitter to embed images inside the Twitter stream. This has left us with the serious problem of having to click Instagram links within someone’s twitter feed instead of just seeing their image automatically.


Then along comes “If THIS then THAT” and  IFTTT provided the help that all of civilization has been waiting for. IFTTT is the greatest Internet thing around right now. I personally use it to make starred emails in Gmail go to Evernote, backup all my Instagram images into Dropbox, and send me a text each morning with the weather. It’s wonderful. Like a hot coffee in the morning kind of wonderful.

Here is the Twitter/Instagram workaround.

Step #1: Open an IFTTT account and tie in your Twitter and Instagram apps.

Step #2: Use this  recipe  below. If you click the image, it will take you to the actual recipe.

Instagram IFTTT recipe

Step #3. Then when you update Instagram, unselect the “share with Twitter” button and enjoy the automation of:

Before—–>>>>>TO THIS —–>>>>After.

You’re welcome. And if you don’t understand you can just go to IFTTT and read up on all the awesomeness that awaits you! And seriously… I know this isn’t a real-world problem. #firstworldproblems



Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Greg · February 21, 2013

    I’m not sure how I would have gone another day without knowing this, my friend. Us old guys are challenged this way you know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ;-)

  2. Matt McKee · February 21, 2013

    Great post my friend. Great post!!