Instagram stopped allowing photo previews in Twitter streams back in December 2012. It’s very sad and causes extra clicking, which especially sucks if you’re using a smartphone because it’s slow and you’ll be forced to switch apps:
One workaround is to use a Tumblr account. It’s easy!
- Set up Tumblr to tweet each time there’s a new post. (Here’s a how-to from wikihow.)
- When you post your photo on Instagram, make sure that Tumblr is also selected.
- Make sure that Twitter is not selected (otherwise you will double-tweet your Instagram pic).
That’s it! Instagram will post to Tumblr. Tumblr will tweet. And Twitter will show a preview of the Tumblr post (of your Instagram photo). Like this:
Special thanks to electro-glam rockers Naked Highway for double-tweeting Instagram/Tumblr pics, which made me realize that this was possible!