Instagram has reportedly altered their security measures one more time today as users are now reporting that posts are sticking via third-party Windows Phone app Instance. Indeed, we can confirm via our own account that the third party app is working, but there is a catch: images are posted as private and not public.
Why the sudden change? We have no idea, though possibly there was some bad PR that Instagram was facing with the earlier move, which is said to have not been deliberately targeting third party apps. Of course, this has been a wild saga over the last 24 hours and for all we know, Instagram may make some API changes yet again to re-start the problem. Your guess is as good as ours.
But at least for now, Windows Phone users can pretend that they’re part of the “it crowd” by using Instance and other third party apps. (Still want a backup? See our earlier post on two other methods that will work for the foreseeable future.)
To recap, Instagram changed their API for posting to their service in the last 24 hours. The measures were said to be security related to prevent spamming and other potential problems. According to Instagram’s PR, third party apps were not purposefully targeted, though it did have that side effect--any non-authorized app posting to Instagram would have their image deleted within 15 seconds. Windows Phone developers Rudy Huyn and Daniel Gary were trying to work on a fix, with Huyn reportedly figuring a work around via his PC. However, getting that fix into a Windows Phone app was going to be a challenge. Luckily, they may not have to do anything.