Continue Sharing Instagram Pics On Twitter With This IFTTT Recipe

After sharing a few ways to post Instagram photos to Twitter after they disconnect, one commenter, Eric Schatz, asked if there was a reason why an IFTT trigger wouldn’t work.

We didn’t know if IFTTT was cutting off access to Twitter entirely (a la Instagram) since the company sent its users an email explaining that they would no longer be able to tap into the Twitter API, so all recipes that included Twitter would stop functioning after September 27th. Maybe it still will – who knows?

But as of now, you can use IFTTT to send stuff TO Twitter. You just can’t go the other way. Happy day.

 What does IFTTT do, specifically?

So it allows you to create “if this/then that” scenarios on different channels. “If this” being the “trigger;” and “then that” being the “action.”

For example, you can say “If I get tagged in a photo on Facebook,  post a tweet with that image on Twitter.” In that example, being tagged is the trigger, Facebook is the channel and posting a tweet is the action. And putting all of those “ingredients” together forms a “recipe.” Yum.

And you can do different things on different Channels. There are currently 58 different Channels available:


You can make personal recipes (for just you), but there are also public recipes – like this one allowing you to bypass Instagram turning off Twitter cards:



To use the “recipe” you’ll need to join IFTTT, but that’s a pretty painless process. And once you get in there and see how easy it is to use, you’ll be cursing us for sending you there (because you’ll spend way too much time playing around with it).

Will you be using this (or any other) method to share your Instagram photos on Twitter? Or will you be making a decision between the two once Twitter’s new photo sharing capabilities go live?

(Cooking image from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.
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