Many people use Instagram to share moments and memories with friends and like minded people across the world. There is an option in the app to share the content to your Facebook or Twitter profile. I’m not a big user of Facebook, but I do use Twitter sometimes. I tried out that little switch once and wasn’t impressed with what I saw.
NEWS: In all of my tests here the photo from Instagram never made it to Twitter. Which is pretty poor. No errors, and I don’t know why. I’m sure it’s supposed to work. Why else would they have it in the app at all? But it didn’t for me. Your mileage may vary!
But that’s not good enough for me, and maybe not for you either.
There’s a better way! Let’s explore that here and I’ll walk you through setting it up. It hinges on a service called IFFFT (If This Then That). It’s a service on the internet which aims to hook together other services on the internet and to create workflows or integrations between apps but aren’t possible out of the box with the apps.
Let’s see how to get started with it by getting our fabulous Instagram photos posted to Twitter in a much nicer way.
The first thing to do is sign up for an IFTTT account. That’s a pretty straightforward process and you can sign up with an ordinary email address or use your Google or Facebook credentials.
Once you’ve signed in the next step is to connect to the Instagram and Twitter services. One way to do that is to go to the My Applets button at the top of the screen, and choose ‘Services’:
You can then search for Instagram, and set up that connection:
And you can search for Twitter and setup that connection:
Now those services are accessible to any of the applets in IFTTT that can make use of them. So now you simply choose an applet. You can search for things like:
Browsing the results you should see one from Instagram themselves, which looks like this:
And, as you can image you click on ‘turn on’.
It’s a good idea to review the settings for these applets. I’ve not found a way to do that before you turn it on, unfortunately. However if you look for the applet that you just turned on in your list of applets, you’ll now be able to see the ‘configure’ button:
It now comes to testing. You can, in this case, wait up to an hour, or you can take a photo on Instagram, wait a few minutes and then click on ‘Check now’:
This applet by default sends you a notification email when it runs:
I normally leave this on for testing, and then turn it off afterwards – who wants more emails?!
Some applets have quite a few options that can be configured, but in this applet there aren’t.
If you do a ‘Check now’ or if you wait, you should get an email notification that it ran, and you can see that it ran by viewing the IFTTT activity log. Of course you can also see the result in your tweets:
The link that is included in the tweet redirects you through IFTTT to the post actually on Instagram.