Post to Twitter from Flickr (the official way)

If you've been waiting for an official way to post your Flickr photos to Twitter, Flickr has an answer, and may be providing hosting for Twitter users with a new service.

After watching other photo hosts create simple tools for Twitter users to post pictures, Flickr has finally wised up and pushed out its own solution. By divining the popular photo service with access to your Twitter stream, you can now post individual shots there right from Flickr, complete with a fancy shortened URL.

Instead of adding a new button to do this, Flickr users simply set up Twitter as if they were adding another blog to post photos to. Clicking the "blog this" button takes you to a page where you can type in the remaining 116 characters, and see the shortened Flickr URL which is added to the end of the Tweet. You also get a special variation of your Flickr posting e-mail address that directs e-mailed shots directly to your Twitter stream at the same time they're hosted on Flickr.

Flickr users can now Twitter straight from Flickr without any hacks or third-party add-ons. CNET

Flickr still has a ways to go before its a part of third-party Twitter apps. Part of the problem is that most competing services, like YFrog, and TwitPic, don't require users to create accounts. In many cases they simply create them automatically based on Twitter credentials. Flickr, on the other hand, is a service you have to sign up for in order to use. I'm not so sure it would be willing to lift that restriction just for Twitter users, but it would certainly be a great way to woo new ones.

See also:
TwitPickr cross-posts TwitPic images to Flickr
Tweet your favorite Flickr shots with Autopostr

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.


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