I spotted this infographic about the Twitter vs. Instagram wars and thought about it – I hate clicking through on the Instagram links on Twitter. I love looking at them inline on Facebook or on Instagram itself.
It wasn’t always this way – Instagram and Twitter used to be friends, and Instagram images would show up inline on Twitter. Then when Facebook bought Instagram, suddenly Twitter and Instagram couldn’t be friends anymore. Facebook wanted to funnel more traffic to its own properties, and so it dropped support for Twitter, forcing people to click through to Instagram. Take a look at the info in the graphic – more people on engaging on Facebook and Instagram. Less on Twitter.
Facebook won. The user lost.
When a company is blatantly user-unfriendly, such as Bank of America adding a debit card fee, or when Verizon decides to add a $2 “convenience fee” for online bill payments, the user backlash is palpable. So much so, that BoA decided to reverse the idea.
While this move isn’t a monetary issues, it’s certainly a mindshare issue. I realize that as much as I hate to admit it, Facebook has a lot of my mind – I’m on Instagram quite a bit these days. I still share Instagram photos to my Twitter feed, but it’s more a robotic act than anything else.
What’s your flow?
I end up posting to Instagram, then sharing it from there to Facebook and Twitter (which results in me having to remove a duplicate post from Facebook as my Twitter feed flows automatically into Facebook, but I do this instantly). While I wish I could share it in a nice format in Twitter, I don’t end up taking the extra time for embedding photos directly into Twitter, and I don’t want to have to create another archive of photos there.
What do you do? Do you not use one of the services? Do you do something else entirely? Do you Flickr?
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