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Instagram post previews work on Twitter after almost a decade

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Today, Instagram proudly announced that you can now see previews of Instagram posts on Twitter. These will automatically be made into a card format once you enter any Instagram link into any tweet.

This sounds like a nice figure to have, of course, but you may wonder why it was not there in the first place for so long, and we wonder who they refer to in Instagram’s official tweet which had the caption ‘they said it would never happen’.

Well, it turns out that this functionality actually did exist, a long time back, until Facebook bought Instagram almost a decade ago. Following that move, Twitter blocked Instagram from using its API to allow people to find Twitter friends on Instagram, and then Instagram retaliated by preventing Twitter from embedding Instagram posts into tweets when users shared an Instagram link.

Social media giants are really that petty, what changed today? Well, Meta appears to have recently embarked on a quest to somehow improve its notoriously bad public image.

That started with Facebook rebranding itself to Meta, and then yesterday was followed up by the announcement that auto face tagging would be shut down. This is just another step in the same strategy, we assume although arguably a much smaller one.

Source: mspoweruser

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