Facebook’s Walled Garden Is About to Affect Instagram Users on Flipboard

If you use the Flipboard app, then along with your other social feeds you’ve probably added your Instagram account to the service. I like seeing my Instagram posts in my daily Flipboard feed, but that access and access from other apps to Instagram ends on May 31st.

instagram is inside facebooks walled garden now

Look, I know that in the grand scheme of things this is just a tiny tragedy, but it seems like such a jerk move:

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to keep users within their own walled garden will soon result in the elimination of Instagram from all third party apps, including Flipboard. On June 1, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will stop allowing third parties to access the images in its feeds.

If you’d like to read the full post, look here.

There is a workaround, but it won’t be convenient for tablet Flipboard users, like me:

If you’d like to continue flipping Instagrams into your magazines you can do so by using our bookmarklet on the desktop Web or with “copy link” from within the Instagram app.

Alternatively, you can also add photos directly from your phone into Flipboard, as well as from Flickr and 500px. We’ve created a FAQ where you can find more detailed instructions on how to do this.

Ugh. If you don’t like this new policy, Flipboard suggests that you contact Instagram. Do we really think that it will make a difference, though? 😛

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