Bye, Felicia: Instagram drops Foursquare, Swarm, and Flickr cross-posting support

Bye, Felicia: Instagram drops Foursquare, Swarm, and Flickr cross-posting support
For a week or so, Instagram has been lacking the options to instantly share your posts on either Foursquare, Swarm (Foursquare's check-in app), or Flickr. Currently, Instagram users can only cross-post to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

This change got officially acknowledged by Foursquare's Swarm's Twitter account, which prompted users to let Instagram know they want their check-ins back. No specific reason for the non-existent support was given by Foursquare, leaving us with speculation only.

Meanwhile, a Flickr employee explained in the image-sharing network's forums that one of the possible reasons for the dropped support might be a year-old unfixed bug that prevented Instagram from communicating with Flickr correctly. The opposite exercise—cross-posting Flickr posts to Instagram—is seemingly working a-ok, with images appearing in the proper resolution and the original quality. There seems to be a workaround that involves popular automation app IFTTT, which can be explored in-depth here.

Have you been using these cross-posting options on Instagram? Are you sad to see them go?

source: Flickr, @SwarmApp via TNW



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder if Ice Cube patented that phrase, and get a paid for its use.

2. TeriusRose

Posts: 108; Member since: May 12, 2017

I mostly care about foursquare support being removed. That sucks.

3. rawmustard

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 16, 2007

The thing was that Swarm check-ins never worked correctly once Instagram stopped using Foursquare's location database. I'm sure that it was ordered by Facebook to use its location database, and thus any cross-posting to Foursquare/Swarm dropped significantly.

4. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

...the culture appropriation is strong

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