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Instagram @mentions automatically convert to Twitter usernames

Instagram to automatically convert Instagram mentions to Twitter mentions where possible

Trace Hagan | Oct 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm CDT (1 min, 0 secs time to read)

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.

Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 11:29 am CDT

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Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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