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My Old Complaint

A major complaint I’ve had about Twitter is that although you can have your blog automatically load to your Twitter stream automatically, Flickr has been a different story. I’m no photog like Teresa, but I have begun taking tons of pics at social outings and love putting them on Twitter. There’s finally an answer and it’s called SnapTweet which automatically posts your latest Flickr shots!

How Do I Get My SnapTweet On?

On the landing page, you’ll see the latest pics in the public SnapTweet stream and to the right are super simple instructions.

  • 1. Enter your Twitter username and password.
  • 2. Enter your Flickr URL (for example, mine is
  • 3. Follow SnapTweet on Twitter.
  • 4. You can tweet your latest photo by sending a direct message to SnapTweet on Twitter with your message.

You can automate your Flickr stream by matching your tagging and have all your questions answered on the SnapTweet “Say What?” help page. This is a deliciously exciting new addition to my Twitter repertoire!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Jeannette Neerpat

    August 3, 2008 at 1:37 am

    I just did this as well. I love my flickr account, and now its so easy to send to twitter with this!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Susie Blackmon

    August 3, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Hi Lani, thanks for this post. I’ve been signed up but haven’t taken the time to figure out how to use it. Really appreciate you holding my hand!

  3. Jamie Geiger

    August 3, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Just joined, very cool- now I need to investigate further

  4. teresa boardman

    August 3, 2008 at 5:03 am

    I love snap tweet and was going to write a post about it. You scooped me. I am a major flickr and twitter addict. 🙂

  5. Chad Huck

    August 3, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Not only is it pretty easy, they also have customer support over twitter, which is another plus for using SnapTweet. They helped me figure out a problem in no time.

    Chad Huck

  6. Chuck G

    August 3, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Hey Lani,

    Thanks for the tip. What’s the difference between this and TwitPic? Which is better?


  7. Teresa Boardman

    August 3, 2008 at 7:59 am

    chuck – twitpic uploads directly to twitter via email or directly from the twit pic web site. Snap tweet picks up tagged flickr photos and sends a link to twitter. . . I know I am not Lani but I am a snaptweet user.

  8. Chuck G

    August 3, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Thanks Teresa. I *think* I have this straight…. see if I have this correct. 🙂

    — If you only use TwitPic for your picture management, it posts directly to Twitter with no problem and you don’t really need SnapTweet. (I’m doing this now, and TwitPic has a nice badge that you can put on your blog to show your pictures, including captions.)
    — SnapTweet gives you a the mechanism to post directly to Twitter from Flickr. So, if you want to take advantage of Flickr’s photo editing capability and tagging, this would be the big difference correct?

    The coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. Thanks for bearing with me on this!


  9. Matt Thomson

    August 3, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I posted my ignorance on T’s last post, so I’ll do it here, too. Can anyone point me to a direct, useful function of Twitter? I logged on, got set up, and am still at the “Now what?” stage 2 months later. How does Twitter benefit me or my business? What am I not using or getting?

  10. Ginger Wilcox

    August 3, 2008 at 9:37 am

    very cool tool, especially with my new flickr addiction.

  11. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    August 3, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Well I’m no Teresa but I *did* sleep at a Holiday Inn last night! (Thanks Benn for reminding me of this easy-to-use-funny-line)

    Matt, if you haven’t read our series on Twitter (from set up to use), scroll to near the bottom and see the Side Blog on the right, check out the links under “Social Media and Real Estate” and let us know if that helps you.

    As for us, a good portion of our “referral network” so to speak is now on Twitter where we play hard and make great connections because we let our hair down and make sincere connections with other locals.

  12. Chuck G

    August 3, 2008 at 3:07 pm


    NikNik from wrote a good concise post on the various usages for Twitter

    My take on it is that different people will use it different ways. Teresa outlined some great sites to help you link to locals…I use it to post photos, and as yet another avenue to get my blogs out in the world.

    I think the “What are you Doing?” moniker is catchy, but it sells short the true potential of what this platform could really become. It’s much more valuable than just telling everyone when you’re going to take a shower….I know, TMI.

    AG has been a great forum to discuss new ways to use Twitter, so stay tuned in.


  13. Glenn fm Naples

    August 4, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Trying this new little tool – took pictures of the Naples Zoo on Saturday. Thanks for resource Lani.

  14. first time home buyers loan

    August 5, 2008 at 2:58 am

    thanks for nice update Lani

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Twitter welcome screen open on large phone with stylus.

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