Your photos may not look the same as the originals

After all of the hubbub about Instagram photos no longer appearing in Twitter feeds, I have to note that if you choose to use Flickr as your online photo tool of choice and you share one of your photos on Facebook, your photo won’t look the same as the original. I am spending a little bit of time this morning looking at the new Flickr app for iPhones and iPads, and I couldn’t resist sharing a photo to Facebook. And, alas, the resulting photo on my timeline is squared off like an Instagram photo, even though the original is not square.

Although the photos from Flickr are square, at least you can rest assured that your photos will display in your timeline and the feeds of those who have friended you on Facebook. Silver linings.

As for the new Flickr app itself, the app seems to work pretty well. Like Instagram, it doesn’t take advantage of the larger screen space on the iPad, instead offering a tiny, iPhone-sized application in a sea of wasted screen space. But the app still looks good if you hit the 2X button and use it that way. And of course, the app offers a slew of filters and editing features to help you maximize your images before you share them either with the Flickr community or through Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. I will play with the app a little more in the coming days and weeks.

Additional links:

Seth Long, who I follow on Flickr, just posted a link to a good story from GigaOm about what the new Flickr could mean as an alternative to Instagram.

Instagram and Twitter scuffle means your photos display differently

You should be aware that beginning today, your Instagram photos won’t appear in your followers’ Twitter feeds in the same way. The two social media tools are in a battle that results in big changes for end users – the very people you are trying to reach with your photos and strategic communications.

I’ll offer tips and best practices for how your organization or business can work around this change as things shake out in the next few days, but in case you wonder what this is all about and you want to find out more, here are a few links to the news that explains what is happening:

You can also follow my Twitter feed for more tips related to this and other communication topics: www.twitter.com/robmcnairhuff