How To: Translate an Instagram Username to a Twitter @mention



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Instagram TwitterInstagram announced today that they have added a pretty useful feature. Now, when you @mention an Instagram user in a photo caption and the user has a different connected Twitter username, the Twitter name is used when the photo is tweeted out.

Confusing? Ya, I thought it would be. Here is how Instagram explained the feature a bit more succinctly:

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

This is a seemingly minor change, but clearly a helpful one for anyone that tweets their photos regularly.

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