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Instagram to Limit Use on Twitter

Twitter has decided to take away the ability to share the pictures on Twitter cards, but Instagram is not worried.

Instagram announced Thursday that they have decided to limit the application's features in Twitter on Dec. 5, nearly a year after they were bought by Facebook. 

When the two companies first merged, Zuckerberg said that he wanted to grow Instagram independently while also integrating it into Facebook. However. Instagram has decided to disable their Twitter Cards on the second most popular social network, upsetting users.

While users can still upload Instagram pictures to Twitter, the images may be out of proportion, and Twitter users will be forced to visit the Instagram site in order to see un-cropped versions of the photos.

According to CNET, it is still unknown if this is a change encouraged by Facebook or solely the decision of Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom.  Either way, it is clear that Instagram wants to direct users to their own site, perhaps to better control their advertising money.

Twitter, however, is not taking a back seat while Instagram directs users to its site. Rumors report that the social networking site is developing its own feature to filter photos. And last month Twitter integrated pictures into their search feature, allowing users to look through tweets for images.

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