Roommates, Twitter has yet to give users that edit button update, but they did recently simplify the process of sharing content from their platform to Instagram. This means no more screenshots—at least for those of us using the iOS version of the app. Twitter has added an icon underneath all tweets that allows users to easily share tweets to Instagram Stories.
According to The Verge, once loaded into Stories, tweets “can be resized, re-positioned, and adorned with [Instagram’s] standard selection of text, stickers, music, and annotations.” However, the feature reportedly works best with text or picture-based tweets. If a tweet contains a video, sharing it to Instagram Stories will transform it into a still image.
This isn’t Twitter’s first time finding ways to integrate with other social platforms. Last December, the app debuted a similar update which allowed iOS users to share tweets to Snapchat as a sticker. Each sticker linked back to the original tweet. They began testing the Instagram Stories version within the same time frame of the Snapchat feature release.
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Even though Twitter is making moves to be easily accessible across social sites, Instagram doesn’t seem to be on the same wavelength. The Verge reported that sharing Instagram links to Twitter pop up as standard URLs. This differs from platforms like Facebook, which typically display preview cards when links are posted. Instagram reportedly had the preview card ability on Twitter at one point, but that stopped in 2012.
For now, Twitter is only sharing this new update with iOS users, as no plans have been announced to roll out the feature for Android users. This applies to both the Snapchat and Instagram Stories integration.
While some of us may be celebrating this update, users in Nigeria might never see it. As recently reported, the African country banned the platform for allegedly deleting a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened people.
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War,” the now-deleted tweet said. “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
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