If you’ve spent any time on Twitter, you’ve probably seen a lot of posts linking to Instagram or Facebook. You’ve probably also seen native images, or images that do show up right in your feed. And you’re probably aware that native images get much more interaction than posts that link to other social media platforms. Whether you’re feeding in your posts from Instagram or Facebook, there is a simple way to have the photos show natively, increasing the likelihood of interaction and growth.
To do this, all you’ll need is an account on the social media platforms you are using. For the purpose of this post and demonstration, we’ll talk about feeding Instagram posts into Twitter. If you do this, make sure your Facebook posts are NOT also feeding into Twitter, as the posts will double up. What we will be doing is setting it up so you can post on Instagram and it feeds to both Twitter and Facebook naturally.
Set Up IFTTT
Before starting with this process, log in to the correct Twitter and Instagram accounts on your computer. Visit www.Twitter.com and www.Instagram.com and log in to the appropriate accounts. This is important, as you don’t want the posts going to the wrong account or coming from the wrong account.
IFTTT (If This, Then That) is an incredibly powerful free tool. It can be used for many things, but today we’ll just talk about the topic at hand. Go to www.IFTTT.com and create an account. Once you have an account created and confirmed, search for applets. Use the search term “twitter” and find the applet titled “Tweet your Instagrams as native photos on Twitter.” If you’re logged in, you may just click here to find the correct applet.
It will ask you to connect your Instagram and Twitter accounts, which should be pretty easy and self-explanatory if you’re already logged in on your computer. Once the correct accounts are connected, you should be brought back to IFTT where you can make sure the applet is turned on (see image to the left). You can click the “Check Now” button to test the applet and make sure it is running. If it works, you’re good here! Your Instagram posts will now go directly to Twitter.
Connecting Instagram to Facebook
Now that your Instagram posts are going directly to Twitter, it’s time to make sure the rest of the process is running smoothly. You can connect Instagram through Facebook via IFTTT, but we recommend not doing so. Instagram has a pretty seamless integration with Facebook, so you can do it inside the Instagram app. Go to your account on your mobile device and visit your own profile. Click the gear icon in the top right indicating the settings, and navigate down to “Linked Accounts.” Click on the Facebook button and make sure the right Facebook page is selected.
Disconnecting Facebook and Twitter
This final step is important. You don’t want your feeds full of repetition and various forms of the same post. This should be relatively easy. Go to www.Facebook.com/Twitter and make sure your page isn’t linked to a Twitter account. If you’re linked, click into it and make sure your posts are not being shared to Twitter.
Below you can see a video walkthrough of this process. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to use the live chat feature or form below to ask! We’re happy to help you get this done!
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