Twitter has decided to stand up for what it believes in.
What does it believe in, you may ask?
Twitter is tired of Instagram using screenshots of tweets in order to boost Instagram likes. A screen grab of a funny tweet typically looks funnier and acts as a standalone joke rather than getting lost in the never ending timeline that is Twitter. And, while this may seem petty to some, Twitter has taken to Instagram to give them a taste of their own medicine.
A twitter user with the account name of @Miagrassia28 tweeted:
“instagram is literally just screenshots of tweets and i think @Twitter should call them out” [sic]
It turns out that Twitter liked that idea very much. They reached out to @Miagrassia28 and asked for her permission to use post a screenshot of her tweet and post it on their Instagram account. Since then, they have continued to post random screenshots of tweets in an effort to bring attention to the situation in a funny way.
On the contrary, the reason why screenshots of tweets get more attention on Instagram is the same with visual gags from Tumblr. There’s so much content like it on Tumblr’s website as is, so people might scroll right past it, missing something good. It stands out more when it goes to a platform such as Instagram, thus receiving more likes, comments, shares, etc.
As explained by “twenty-three year old writer, musician, editor, mental health activist, and weirdly viral Internet comedian” Cori Amato Hartwig, receiving thousands of likes on an Instagram post does not mean you’ll receive that many on a Twitter post, even if you have the same amount of followers. Hartwig expects to receive about 20 to 30 likes on post on Twitter. She expects a couple thousand on Instagram. So, while those of us with a conservative amount of followers might expect the number to similar, it’s obviously not.
Whether or not you agree with the way Twitter has decided to handle this situation, people noticed. Can we expect more drama like this in the near future? Probably so. Stay tuned for the next Twitter-Instagram feud!