Instagram scrapped support for the Foursquare Swarm check-in service and Flickr, representatives of both companies have confirmed. The official Twitter account of Foursquare Swarm said that the feature was removed at some point last week, indicating that the decision to remove the functionality was made solely by the Facebook-owned social media platform and encouraging users to provide Instagram with feedback if they'd like to see support for the Foursquare-powered service return to the app. Flickr's comment on the matter was somewhat more revealing, with one of the company's representatives saying that the latest turn of events was likely prompted by the fact that a certain Instagram bug prevented some users from sharing their photos on Flickr. Flickr's staffer Zee Jenkins said that the bug was documented for "almost a year," though Instagram didn't fix it before ultimately scrapping support for the image-hosting service early last week.
While Instagram doesn't support Flickr sharing anymore, Flickr users can still share their photos on Instagram without affecting their quality, Jenkins said, while also highlighting an IFTTT workaround for automatically posting Instagram photos on Flickr. However, as the workaround was created by an IFTTT user that's not affiliated with the Yahoo-owned company, it may not work indefinitely and Flickr's developers will be unable to support users in case of any technical issues. Following the latest change, Instagram only supports sharing photos on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. It's currently unclear whether support for the two services was pulled through a client update or a server-side switch and Instagram has yet to comment on the matter in any official capacity, so it remains to be seen whether the social media giant opts to reintroduce support for Foursquare Swarm and Flickr at some point in the future.
The Facebook-owned company has been doing rather well lately, having announced that it hit 700 million users in late April and is seemingly on track to surpass one billion users in the near future, possibly even by the end of the year if its acquisition rates continue increasing in a rapid manner like they have been since December. More information on Instagram's performance should be available in the coming months.