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Flickr Makes it Simple to Post Photos on Twitter

The photo hosting service Twitpic has emerged as one of the most popular way to post images to Twitter. But what about that Flickr account you’ve got? Surely there’s a way to get those images over to Twitter?

So far, Flickr.com, the grand poobah of online image hosting sites, has largely ignored Twitter. But that’s about to change. Flickr has quietly corrected its Twitter oversight by providing a new method of cross-posting your uploaded images to your Twitter stream.

Rather than a fancy new tool, Flickr simply added Twitter to the list of options on the “blog this” link that appears atop each photo. However, before posting to Twitter becomes an option, you’ll need to give Flickr permission to access your Twitter account.

Thankfully, Flickr has implemented this account verification using Twitter’s new OAuth support, so there’s no need to give away your Twitter username/password. Instead, just follow the offered link to Twitter, give Flickr permission to access your account, and you’re done. Once that’s set up, the “blog this” option should offer a link to post to your Twitter account — much like in the screenshot above.

The compose screen is simple, but has all the basic things you need to to post to Twitter — character count, photo preview and even a pre-shortened URL using the new, minimized domain http://flic.kr.

Of course, this method might prove to be a little cumbersome if you’re batch uploading quite a few photos, which is why Flickr also offers a new e-mail posting address that will automatically push multiple photos onto Twitter.

The Flickr API’s postPhoto method also works with Twitter, which means third-party Flickr clients can offer post-to-Twitter functionality as well (though as far as I can tell, none of the popular clients have implemented it yet).

One thing to keep in mind: Flickr’s new Twitter support is currently labeled a beta. Though I had no problems using it, be aware that bugs may exist. If you’d like to report a bug, or have a feature suggestion, head over to the Flickr Twitter Beta group and let Flickr know about your ideas.

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