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Instagram @mentions automatically convert to Twitter usernames

Instagram to automatically convert Instagram mentions to Twitter mentions where possible

| Internet & Websites News | Posted: Oct 19, 2012 7:32 pm

Instagram allows you to tag other users in a method similar to that of Twitter. Instagram also lets you link your two accounts together, so that it will automatically post your new Instagram pictures to Twitter. Unfortunately, a user's Twitter and Instagram name may not be the same, so when you tag someone on Instagram, the wrong person gets mentioned on Twitter.


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Well, Instagram is fixing that problem. Now, when you @mention someone on Instagram and you have those photos automatically shared to Twitter, Instagram will automatically translate those mentions if a Twitter and Instagram name differ. It will do this based upon a couple of rules, which you can see below:


If the @mentioned user has connected Instagram to Twitter:

  • The user's Instagram username will appear in the photo caption
  • The user's Twitter username will appear in the tweet


If the @mentioned user has not connected Instagram to Twitter:

  • The user's Instagram username will appear in the photo caption
  • The @ sign will be removed from the username when shared to Twitter


For @mentions that do not match any Instagram usernames, the @ sign will remain when shared to Twitter.


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