|image: The Next Web|
Whether it is really an ambitious attempt to compete with Twitter or just Facebook's influence moving the service away from the platform, the two are no longer seamlessly linked. Although there are a few ways to get around this (the useful IFTTT work around which automatically posts your Instagram image as a Twitter image or the Chrome extension InstaTwit which put the image back on Twitter but only works for those with it installed) Twitter has hit back today with filters of their own.
You can now add a filter to any image in the mobile Twitter app and get those nice image effects that Instagram offers without needing to use Instagram at all. The filters work very nicely in app too and don't look too bad (see below). However, the community and functions of Instagram is still exclusive to Instagram itself and can still only be accessed through it's native app.
|My reindeer image on Instagram and the new Twitter filter|