Social Media Tip: Publish your Instagram posts as native Twitter photos

For those of you who use both Instagram (IG) and Twitter, there’s a better way to push your IG photos to tweets than using the Twitter button on the IG app! Everyone I’ve shared this tip with has loved it, so I thought I’d take a moment to share it here on my blog for more to discover.

Instead of having your Instagram post appear as a link on Twitter by selecting the twitter button each time you publish a post on the IG app (example):

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You can use IFTTT to set up a recipe that automatically will publish your IG photos as native Twitter photos (example):

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Now your IG generated tweets are more interesting for your followers to view, since they have a visual element. And they still include a link to the original IG post.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Visit IFTTT and sign up.
  2. After you sign in, visit this recipe page, and turn the recipe on. You’ll be prompted to connect your IG and Twitter profiles.

That’s it! You only have to set this up once. Now every IG post you share will automatically publish as a native twitter photo. No need to select the Twitter button any more, once this recipe is set up.

Update: If you want to push only SOME of your IGs to Twitter, but not all, you can set up an IFTTT recipe that will only push to twitter when you include hashtag #Twitter in the caption of the instagram post. Lifehacker has the scoop, here.

Have a social media related question for me? Just ask!

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Tweet: How to publish your Instagram photos as native Twitter photos and why you should. http://bit.ly/1Mi2DGN via @keridwyn

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