Twitter has removed its ‘Find friends on Twitter’ option from Instagram.
The micro-blogging house has cut its friends search connection with photo-sharing app Instagram, and has advised its users that starting today; those who update their Instagram photo-sharing apps and attempt to click on the casted out feature will be redirected to a note that reads, “Unable to Find Friends. Twitter no longer allows its users to access this information in Instagram via the Twitter API. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Twitter’s spokesperson explains, “We understand that there’s great value associated with Twitter’s follow graph data, and we can confirm that it is no longer available within Instagram.”
Rumors have developed that Facebook’s procurement of Instagram may have influenced Twitter’s decision, though the fact still remains that this step from the micro-blogging giant may just be part of its improvement to have a better control over its website’s user experience.
Another theory states that Twitter may already be considering Instagram as its competitor and thinks that the photo-sharing app can now stand on its own, following its announcement on Thursday of passing the mark for 80 million users.
Earlier this month, Twitter ended its connections with professional social network LinkedIn, who agreed the separation and reasoned out Twitter’s restored API. It was in 2009 when both social networks entered a partnership that allowed users to display their tweets automatically in their LinkedIn account profiles.
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