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Friday Five – Twitter’s tiff with Instagram while the Pope waits for verification

Chris Mayer

Time for our irreverent glance back at the week that was. Featuring an awesome airport timelapse, the Pope’s arrival on Twitter and some handy Git tips

We’re closing in on Christmas (or the equally important Eclipse Git move) and it’s fair to say we’re a little excited at JAX Towers, likely fuelled by tonight’s work Christmas party.

There’s not an Ebenezer to be seen in the editorial team, so with festive cheer, we offer five assorted gifts you may have missed this week whilst frantically searching for Christmas presents.

1. Follow Friday – @pontifex

If you somehow missed it, Pope Benedict XVI became a social media node by signing up to Twitter. Whether he’ll be up all night tweeting from the Vatican remains to be seen, but we can expect a debut tweet on December 12th. As well as opening up the English account @pontifex tweets will be mirrored on SpanishItalianPortugueseGerman,PolishArabic, and French accounts, bolstering the Pope’s social reach.

At the time of writing, Pope Benedict XVI had acquired 483,416 Followers since Monday’s signup, but had yet to receive his verified Twitter tick. There was also a flurry of people attempting to get blocked by His Holiness. The comments on this Verge piece are pretty hilarious too.

2. Tumblr of the Week – Missed High Five

A simple concept, but one that demands a Tumblr. All those moments of misunderstanding in one place –  simply glorious. Our particular favourite is this one, mainly for the ingenius cover-up method

3. 12 handy Git tips

Tying in with the Christmas theme tenuously, this was probably the most useful blog we read this week – Nicola Paolucci offerstwelve invaluable Git workflow tips

4. San Diego Airport Timelapse

This is just plain cool and we’re still at a loss as to how it was achieved. Take a look and stare in wonder.

Landings at San Diego Int Airport Nov 23, 2012 from Cy Kuckenbaker on Vimeo.

5. Instagram and Twitter’s completely expected fallout

This long-running feud has reignited again, as Instagram disabled its Twitter cards integration, meaning wonky or cropped Instagram images would appear on the social network website and related apps.

This appears to be yet another company refusing to buy into Twitter’s changing guidelines in controlling the display of tweets and how developers access their API. How much this decision was spurred by Facebook’s role with Instagram remains to be seen, but Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom assured attendees at LeWeb that this was his call and not Facebook’s.

“The press has a history of painting things this way. We have a really good relationship with Twitter,” he added.

It’s undeniable that it’s been an uneasy relationship between Twitter and Instagram since Facebook’s acquisition of the photo-sharing service back in April. Expect a gradual severance over the coming year.

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