Not long after Twitter announced Instagram pulled some of its photo-sharing abilities from the site, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom apologized on stage at the LeWeb conference for the issues associated with the change and said "we will always be integrated with Twitter."
A report from the Verge reveals Systrom was apologetic for the confusion it caused users and threw cold water on simmering rumors of growing tension between the two companies.
Earlier on Wednesday, Twitter said in a blog post users have been experiencing difficulties using Instagram on the platform. It noted Instagram is to blame for the issue for pulling the ability for the site to showcase photos properly in relation to Twitter cards, the new feature that attaches media content to tweets with links in the timeline. Although Instagram photos are still appearing on Twitter, images are shown in a cropped view.
"We are currently working on building the best experience for Instagram users," Systrom told Mashable in a statement. "A handful of months ago, we supported Twitter cards because we had a minimal web presence. We've since launched several improvements to our website that allow users to directly engage with Instagram content through likes, comments, hashtags and now we believe the best experience is for us to link back to where the content lives."
He added that the effort is still a work in process: "We will continue to evaluate how to improve the experience with Twitter and Instagram photos. As has been the case, Instagram users will continue to be able to share to Twitter as they originally did before the Twitter Cards implementation."
On stage in Paris, he called the Twitter card change "really confusing" and the issues surrounding it "isn't actually a consequence of us getting acquired."
"We will always be integrated with Twitter in a way that you can tweet out from Instagram to Twitter," he added.
Instagram aims to introduce users to the web-version of Instagram because of a more seamless experience and "not many people know what Twitter card is."
--Courtesy of mashable.com