How to Get Instagram @ Mentions to Translate to the Right Twitter Account

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With the news today from the Instagram blog about translating “@ mentions” to Twitter, some might be wondering how they can ensure that their accounts are set up properly for this to happen.  For most reading this, you probably won’t have to do anything.  What needs to be set-up for this new feature to work is simply a linked Twitter account within the settings of your Instagram account.  The steps are included below, for both Android and iOS, with screen shots from the iPhone version of the app.  Previously, there were problems with “@ mentions” on Instagram not showing up or linking to the wrong Twitter account, causing confusion and problems for those who had Twitter user names that differed from their Instagram user name.  Now with this enhancement, and updating your Instagram account accordingly if it isn’t already, it’s solved a major headache for many.

To ensure that your account is linked you’re going to need to have your mobile device out.  Navigate to Instagram and go to the page with your profile on it (the last icon to the far right on the bottom of your screen).instagram settings icon tab

It’s farily similar across iOS and Andoid, but from here your going to want to choose “Options” if you’re on iOS, or the elipses that note further settings on Android (to the right of the magnifying glass). The screen will look very similar to what is below.

instagram ios options page

From here you’ll choose “Sharing Settings”.  Then choose the Twitter account option.

instagram ios share settings page

Note which accounts are set-up and which ones aren’t and make sure that the proper Twitter account is linked.  If it isn’t, go ahead and enter your Twitter credentials in the following form and save the settings.

instagram ios twitter login page

This now ensures that when someone mentions your Twitter handle in an Instagram message, it will link to the proper account regardless of whether your Instagram user name is the same as your Twitter user name.

About Geoff Simon

Geoff is owner/operator of Simon Search Marketing. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University in 2003. Geoff immediately secured employment as an account coordinator with Grey Direct West, (now G2 Direct & Digital) working for Bank of Americas online banking division. From there Geoff has worked in a search marketing capacity for companies including Intermark Group, Disney Interactive Media Group, and Toyota Dealers Association. During his time Geoff has worked on brands including Disney Family, Toyota, Lexus, National Geographic, Red Bull USA Events, That '70s Show and Carsey Werner.
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