UPDATE: Well, it was good while it lasted. As expected, Twitter has now blocked “Find Friends” in all versions of Instagram.
Stop! Don’t move. And whatever you do, don’t update Instagram just yet. The latest version of the popular photo-sharing app, released July 26 for both iPhone and Android, no longer allows users to find friends through Twitter. As Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch first reported, this is because Twitter has blocked Instagram’s access to its API, which makes it impossible to find your Twitter friends on Instagram.
Twitter, which has gone on a veritable rampage against third-party use of its API recently, later confirmed that its “follow graph data” is “no longer available within Instagram.”
Luckily, if you have Instagram v2.5 (or earlier) for iPhone, or v1.1.7 (or earlier) for Android, it still is! If you regularly update your apps, or have automatic updates turned on, and are not sure what version you have, the easiest way to find out if you have v2.5/v1.1.7 is, of course, to see if you can access “Find Friends” through Twitter. To do this, click the profile icon in the bottom-right corner of the app screen. From there, click the gear icon in the top-right corner. Click “Find Friends,” then “Twitter Friends.” If it works, you’re good! If not, then either a) you already updated to v2.5.1/v1.1.8, or b) Twitter has discovered this work-around and blocked that, too.
If you have automatic app updates turned on, you are out of luck — you almost certainly already have the new, Twitter-less version of Instagram.
For those of you with an older version of Instagram, our suggestion is to use the “Find Friends” through Twitter feature ASAP, and follow everyone you want to follow now. Becuase this option could, at any moment, disappear. Also, you may want to update the app now, or at some point down the road, which would automatically eliminate the feature.
We could speculate as to why Twitter has blocked Instagram, but for regular users that kind of thing is really irrelevant. Either it works, or it doesn’t. ‘Nuff said.
Disclaimer: We got this to work consistently, but please let us know if it’s not working for you.
And here’s some proof that it’s still working for us this morning, on both iPhone and Android: