Twitter’s official app is being used by many users, but they haven’t had the opportunity to see Instagram photos since 2012. Support for “cards,” which allowed photos in the Twitter timeline, was abruptly removed by Instagram at that time. Since then, to view that content, users have been required to click a link or use a third-party Twitter client.
Twitter appeals to users
Even after several years, the platform is still being used for sharing Instagram photos by some influential and famous people. These photos reach millions of their fans through Twitter, but the micro-blogging site wants to change the process now. Therefore, the company made an attempt to encourage its users to post photos directly from the Twitter app. In a reminder sent to its most popular verified users, the company said posting images directly will allow their followers to get a better user experience, as the photos will be accessible on the web and also on mobile devices in the Timeline view right away, according to Mashable.
It’s not that Twitter is trying to prohibit users from using Instagram. Rather, it is trying to make them more aware of how they can make their tweets more interesting by posting photos rather than just text. Also Twitter is making regular updates and refinements to its mobile apps to upload photos in a faster and easier manner. Besides that, users are allowed the option of using filters and adding effects to their photos.
Is Instagram better than Twitter?
It is not easy to break the old habit of high-profile personalities, so how effective this little request from Twitter will be remains to be seen. Also Instagram poses a significant threat to the micro-blogging site considering the pace at which it is growing. Recently the photo-sharing app surpassed Twitter in terms of active users.
Last month Instagram surpassed 300 million active users, gaining a lead over Twitter’s 284 million active users. The statistic might not mean much to Twitter executives, but big personalities from varying fields such as actors, sports stars, musicians and others who have a big number of followers, will definitely go for a better platform that could give them a bigger audience.