Instagram to Twitter Shortcut: Easily Tweet Instagram Photos with IFTTT

Twitter and Instagram broke up in December. No longer could we easily post photos to Twitter via the Instagram app.  But now there is an easy way to bring back the love between Instagram and Twitter – this post shows you how to have your Instagram images show up instantly on your Twitter Feed and in the slideshow of images in the Media Gallery.   

Instagram to Twitter - Shortcut

In December, 2012, Instagram removed support for “Twitter Cards”.  This initially left Twitter users with just a cropped version of the original, beautiful Instagram image.  It seemed to be a new way of forcing Twitter users to click through to the web version of instagram in order to see the full image. It also meant that images no longer automatically posted to the Media Gallery on Twitter – a change from the easy integration that we were all so used to.  

Fortunately, along came  an easy workaround for the “issues” between Instagram and Twitter – It’s called If This Then That (or ITTT for those of you familiar with it!).

The workaround is super simple to set up and will mean that you can go on enjoying simple, clean integration between Instragram and Twitter, and:

  • have your image show up right within the newsfeed using the view/hide function
  • your image shows up in the media gallery so now you can scroll through images easily
IFTTT Screenshot - Twitter
An image shared directly from Instagram offers no option to “View photo” within Twitter – sharing via IFTTT does!
How to set up Instagram to Twitter feed using IFTTT
And the image is back where it is meant to be – posting to the Twitter newsfeed with ease!

Let’s keep this post short and useful. Here are two posts from Dave Kerpen at Likeable Media and Techcrunch explaining the workaround.  It involves setting up a “recipe” on the site If This Then That, which automatically posts your instagram image to Twitter, allowing Twitter followers to see it within the newsfeed and posts it to the image gallery.

If you have not yet signed up for a IFTTT account, then check out the posts above and do the following easy steps to get the recipe/workaround sorted.

  • set up your IFTTT account.  
  • Connect your Instagram and Twitter accounts (give permission)
  • Create the recipe – as simple as copying this one (or follow the links in the posts above).
  • set up your “tag” – the standard tag that you will enter into each instagram image to trigger the recipe.  I chose to use #twitter as it is something I will remember – but you can make it shorter (ie #tw) or use whatever tag you want!

Voila!  You are set up. Start adding your tag to your instagram photos and it will post to Twitter like this (as a native image with a card – ie your followers will be able to open the photo from within Instagram and see it in all of its awesome filtered glory)!  

Just One Thing Before You Go:  

Be mindful of the length of your posts – if you are going to share them across to Twitter like this, you have about 96 characters before your description is “cut off”. Keep it short and keep it tidy for best effect!

Oh and just one more thing – make sure that you click the share to Twitter button when you finalise your Instagram Photo – this also posts a separate tweet that has the Instagram link (if you only want to post to Twitter and not share your Instagram link then leave this step out).  You will just have the post with the Twitpic in it and there will not be a separate tweet with a link to the actual Instagram post.

Sorted.  

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, a Top 10 Social Media Blog Winner in 2015 & 2016, and winner of the 2014 Best Australian Blogs Competition (Business Category). Donna helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to get more traffic, shares and sales in their business. She is a contributor to Entrepreneur Online and Social Media Examiner and has been featured in Forbes, NBC, Yahoo, the Huffington Pos, Entrepreneur and Problogger.
  • Lacy Boggs

    Great tip! I love IFTTT””it’s programming for non-programmers. 🙂

    • Absolutely Lacy – what a great summary of IFTTT – ha ha. It’s a great little tool!

  • I love, love, love IFTTT. I’m even going to be doing several posts on it on my blog. I use it as part of my productivity system 🙂 Great for automatically creating notes in Evernote based on Gmail and GCal!

  • Hi Donna,

    Thanks for this – I must say I never was one for sharing much on the image front, keeping tweets pretty much to text and links. I have, however, made extensive use of IFTT for a variety of things, and have been known to lose the occasional afternoon sampling the ‘recipes’.

    Thanks for sharing this trick – I can go from no images to being fully integrated in no time 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!

    • That’s great Dee – ha ha totally get the “losing the occasional afternoon’ thing. I find that Instagram is a great way to share content as well as personal images and having this workaround does help to get the images back on to the Twitter feed – it also shows them up in the Media Gallery which had stopped. Did you notice that videos that you share now show up in the Media Gallery which is really cool!

  • Thank you for this tip and detailed post! I love using instagram and twitter so I’ll definitely check out IFTTT

    • That’s great Chivon! For sure, it is a great way to do two things at once! Have fun with it!

  • Angela Hemming

    Velly intellesting. You’re always on top of things, Donna. Thanks!

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  • Gaurav

    @gauravjayyn on instagram

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  • Koala

    @palomangela on IG 🙂 this was very helpful!

    • Cheers! Would love to follow you but that handle is not showing up on Instagram. Is it correct?

  • Joanie

    @webfairyjo on twitter and Instagram. Thanks for your advice about IFTTT. I must try 🙂

    • Great Joanie – hope you save some time with it!

  • mdog_manchester

    Boooo this won’t work for me… Is it now obselete? Is there another way? 🙂

    • Sorry, I’m not sure why – mine was still working when I used it recently – I will check again next time I share!

  • Joao Candeias

    Hi Donna, it just works if i use the hashtag on the begging of the text. I want to put like your, on the end of the text, any idea? Thank you for this great tip. @jpcandeias

    • Hi, maybe the recipe or set up has changed – as this is an old post, but it is still working for me. Sorry,I am not sure – but I usually add it to the end of my tweet.

  • flx

    @fizzlix

  • Del Sneddon

    Hi Donna, I use Twitter every day, but rarely do I post to Instagram. From what I can see, the recipes online are about posting to Twitter from Instagram, but does it work the other way around? i.e. Post to Instagram from my Twitter app (Tweetbot) – much in the same way that the #fb tag posts to my Facebook page…

    • No it doesn’t unfortunately – Instagram hasn’t opened up their API and personally I think that is a good thing – all the tools like Tweetbot are waiting till they open it up for that to happen, but not yet… (I would also recommend avoiding posting tweets to Facebook – it’s widely considered not great practice – always try to post natively or at least if it is a cross post that it suits the platform).

      • very knowledgeable! I will follow you on twitter now!

  • theGFDC

    @thegfdc

  • Rodrigo

    Very useful i was sad because the images wasnt show. Thanks please follow us @ganymedemyth

  • Liz Oie

    Oiejewelry

  • Into The Clearing

    Thanks Donna. As a newbie to both Twitter and Instagram (I know poor form hu!) this was a big help. Social media for me is a double edged sword as a wedding photographer people need to see my work but my philosophy is one that sees wedding photos as very personal moments for my couples. A dilema for sure! @intotheclearingweddings

    • Awesome – there’s never a bad time to start! Yes wedding moments can be private but you can always ask each couple and maybe share one special image – I think most couples are keen for that…. some of the behind the scenes stuff people love too…

  • Instagram: karvakg, thanx for the follow 🙂

  • Pixelgreat

    Relly useful, as a newbie I was wondering why my Instagram pics weren’t automatically showing up in Twitter. Will try it out now!

    • Cheers – this is an old post but glad it still helps.

  • Jamie Learmonth

    For anyone struggling with IFTTT, Reach7’s publishing service provide mirroring from Instagram -> Twitter with original photo posted. It automatically trim’s the posts so you don’t have to.

  • Nancy R. Fortune

    I set up the IFTTT account and went through the steps of linking my Facebook and Twitter accounts but what I’m trying to do is set up my Facebook Business Page to my Twitter account. Right now when I post on my FB page it shares automatically to my Twitter but the images and videos are only showing up as a hyperlink. The IFTTT is only finding my personal FB page not my business page. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Nancy – this post is about setting up Instagram to Twitter. I do not actually recommend you share your Facebook to Twitter as, like you say, Iit just adds a hyperlink back to Facebook and most Twitter users won’t bother to click to Facebook, so sorry I can’t provide any helpful advice on that one!

      • Nancy R. Fortune

        Thank you for getting back to me. If I figure it out I’ll let you know.

        • No worries, though maybe I wasn’t clear… there is nothing really to work out – you have worked out how to do a FB> Twitter connection, but if you link from Facebook to Twitter you will always get the Facebook URL and not an image or video.

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  • sumobaba

    @themetdining

  • Ibn Battuta

    I am in need of some help, I am starting to plan and set up my own Vlog channel, I have created a Youtube channel, twitter, instagram and a Facebook page in the same channel name across all accounts like a brand. The trouble i am facing is when I post an image to instagram and tell instagram to post it to both twitter and Facebook page, it does that BUT in twitter i get duplicates from Facebook and instagram of the same post.. its confusing me, i hope that makes sense..

    • Hey Ibn – sorry I missed this. Maybe you have it set up to post from Facebook to Twitter? I don’t usually recommend you do that but it may be something in your settings that is doing it!

  • LOCAL STEW U

    independencefuniefarm on instagram! Loved this article, but when I set mine up and use my created hashtag from instagram it does not have a “view photo” link. Am I doing something wrong – seems pretty easy! Or, did Twitter make another adjustment?

    • hey, sorry I am not sure what is happening – this is a really old post and I might actually update and repost it as so many people find it lately … but I have not heard of any problems like that and have had people use it recently. I’ll swing back if I hear otherwise. It should just show the image in the twitter newsfeed….

  • Kate Whelley McCabe

    This is great, except for that I have to press the “check now” button to run the recipe manually every time. Not going to happen. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hi Kate – I am sorry I am not sure what is going wrong. This post is 3 years old but people are still using the recipes with IFTTT very effectively so I would suggested that you contact their support and ask them as they would be able to help you.

  • ah! nice tips.
    alas i found this recently
    thanks!
    IG: snydez

  • Ann

    Interestingly, I just discovered IFTTT from another blog, and found it very useful for scenarios like what you wrote in the post.

  • Hi .. thanks Mate!
    Its works!!

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