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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How to Bypass Instagram\'s Twitter Barrier

As I reported earlier on Wednesday, Instagram will block Instagram photos from appearing on Twitter's Web site. This means that when people post a photo from Instagram to Twitter, only a link will be displayed rather than the actual image. To see an Instagram picture in its filtered glory, people will have to leave Twitter and go to Instagram's Web site.

As is typical with these decisions, the people who use these services are the ones that inevitably lose out.

Although not optimal, here are couple of tricks to get around the Instagram blockade.

In Instagram, if you go to the top right of the application, you can click the gear icon, which will take you to the settings area. Scroll down to the bottom and under the Save to Library section, turn on Filtered Photos. This will save your edited Instagram images to the photo library of your phone.< /p>

Another option is a little more laborious. Although Instagram is not playing well with Twitter, it will still allow you to embed your photo on Tumblr, Flickr or Foursquare. If you choose to share your pictures there, go to the respective application and then re-share the picture directly to Twitter.

Either way, these are frustrating two-step solutions to a problem that seems to be created by two companies bickering over clicks. Yet as is always the case, there are ways around the barricades.