Pinterest adds in support for Twitter cards just as Instagram removes it

by tech on December 11, 2012

While Instagram was busy waging war with Twitter last week, removing support for Twitter cards just before Twitter launched its own Instagram competitor on Monday, Pinterest was making moves of its own, adding support for Twitter cards just as Instagram removed it. Plenty of media partners and services have support for Twitter cards, but Pinterest’s addition will only make that service more useful for its numerous fans and shows there’s still plenty of demand for Twitter integration.

Pinterest tends to be a little quieter than other social networks but has a passionate userbase, so not surprisingly the change was noted by Kelly Lieberman, a Pinterest user and social media manager, who noted this weekend that photos pinned on Pinterest and cross-posted to Twitter were showing up in-stream.

Update: A Pinterest spokeswoman has confirmed the addition of support for Twitter cards at the beginning of last week.

Enabling Twitter cards allows a service whose content is posted to Twitter to have that content appear in-stream, by tapping a tweet to expand and view photos, videos, or article previews. Instagram used to have this feature, until co-founder Kevin Systrom announced last week that the company would cut support, angering users who will now have one more tab open in their browsers to see photos.

Pinterest is a social network that allows users to post or “pin” images from across the web onto virtual pin boards, like and comment on other pins, and create private boards for sharing and curating information.

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