How To Use IFTTT to Send Your Instagram Photos to Twitter

How To Use IFTTT to Send Your Instagram Photos to Twitter

By: Shelly Kramer
December 11, 2012

ifttt recipe to share instagram photos to twitterWe wrote yesterday about Instagram shutting down Twitter access and lots of people were sad. Or pissed off. I know I take photos on Instagram all the time and share them—both on Facebook and Twitter—so it got me to wondering whether or not my IG behavior would change as a result.

Then along came Abdullah Al-Hakim, one of my favorite bloggy friends and all around super smart guy. Have I mentioned lately that I love smart people? And when they read the V3 blog and leave comments that help me get smarter, I love them even more (hint, hint). And Abdullah can always be counted on for great conversation, salient thoughts and equally as often, a laugh or two.

But I digress…back to Instagram shutting off photo sharing to Twitter. Abdallah commented on that post and pointed us to a recipe created for IFTTT (a fantastic platform that we’ve written about that you should most definitely check out) that allows you to share your photos directly from Instagram to Twitter. Think of it as a loophole—a brilliant, timely loophole—that will help keep your Instagram to Twitter sharing habits intact.

The IFTTT recipe is below. I’m not sure if it works yet—I just connected it and we’re checking it out. Give it a try and let us know if it works for you.

IFTTT Recipe: Share Instagram Photos to Twitter

One quick note? You’ll need to have an IFTTT account that’s connected to your Instagram and Twitter accounts to activate the recipe, so be sure those components are set up before you get started. Plus, when you do activate the recipe, you’ll be able to edit your settings, such as the information you want to tweet when you share a photo (caption, date taken, image URL, etc.).

Big thanks to @abdallahalhakim for the tip!

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  • I don’t know how I missed this blog especially when it has nice mentions about me – Thanks!! Since we are on the topic of me 🙂 do you have an update on the article I submitted to you a few weeks ago. Let me know.

  • ShellyKramer

    LOL!!! Who knows .. maybe I lost it (I am a massive loser sometimes) .. but I’ll go look. Right now!!!

  • ShellyKramer

    ps Abdallah, just did a quick check of my email and didn’t find it. Will you please resend? Thank you!!!

  • It is not a problem. I just re-sent you the email again with the attachement. Losing emails is not hard these days. One of the reasons I do use Gmail is their superior search capabilities but is still not always easy 🙂

  • ShellyKramer

    Got it! TY! (and I’m a huge gmail fan for that very reason!)

  • What do you think about the new TOS from Instagram Shelly?

  • ShellyKramer

    Not happy, Mahei. Not happy at all. You?

  • same same as you Shelly. I don’t think it was that unexpected for them to tow in line with Facebook policies combined with the expected backlash.

    Big difference to them moving the goal posts and Facebook doing it.