Tech Talk: Twitter and Instagram Battle It Out over Photos

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December 6, 2012 ‐ By Kimberly Maul

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In the photo-sharing fight on social media, Twitter and Instagram are at odds. Twitter is becoming more insular with its features and restricting what outside developers and applications can do on the site. And it’s trying to build out its own photo-sharing tools in an attempt to compete with uber-popular Instagram, which is now owned by Facebook.

Instagram, for its part, pulled its integration with Twitter on Wednesday, making it harder for users to share their Instagrammed photos on the micro-blogging site. Currently, Instagram photos appear cropped or otherwise incorrect on Twitter. Eventually, users will still be able post an Instagram photo to Twitter, but when someone clicks on the link, they will be taken to an Instagram-hosted site rather than seeing the image through Twitter.

Tech insiders are complaining online, saying that both sides are at fault and that the overall losers in this situation are the users. Are you losing out?

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