On Twitter. Now What? “How to add a picture to a tweet?” was a question from one of our Social Media Bootcamp students.
To start your tweet on the Twitter website, click the blue button in the upper right corner on the Twitter.com website; You’ll find a camera icon in the bottom left corner.
You write your tweet and then use the icon to upload a picture and it’s automatically attached to the tweet.
- Open the Tweetbox.
- Type your tweet, add a link and hashtags.
- Click on camera icon on the bottom of the tweetbox.
- Select the pix from your hard drive and click on open.
This uploads the picture to the Twitter server and your tweetbox displays a thumbnail underneath your tweet.
The gray camera icon has turned blue, the message appears that your image will be displayed as a link and that Twitter will shorten the link.
Click on the “Tweet” button to post it.
As expected, the tweet posts with a link to the image and Twitter visitors are able to see the photo when they use the “View photo” link to expand the tweet.
Your Photo Gallery on Twitter
The uploaded images are stored with your twitter account and are accessible through your profile page in a Facebook/Google+ -like Gallery display:
Variation 1 with thumbnails row on the top and the accompanying tweet for each picture
Variation 2: A Grid of photo tiles, displaying all photos for a Twitter account.
Using images with your tweets is a great way to augment the text only environment with addtional visuals.
This is not only possible through the Twitter.com website. There are quite numerous tools and apps that also allow for tweeting pictures. The most prominent ones are also outlined here:
Flickr and Twitter
You already share your pix with the world and your community on Flickr and Twitter automatically displays the photo when encountering a Flickr Link:
Instagram and Twitter
Directly uploaded from the iPhone and posted on Twitter, including photo link and direct view
Etsy and Twitter
Quite a few art and craft is sold on Etsy . Just recently I rediscovered how nicely a product page on Etsy appears in your tweet, when you add an Etsy-Link. Even if you don't sell via Etsy, this is a quite benefit from setting up shop there....
And last, but not least, TwitPic -
The early Twitter App- TwitPic also facilitates for an ongoing conversation about a picture or event, with comments at the site, that also will be posted back to twitter.
Please share with us your ideas how you use other services that show media directly in the Tweet. Any new gems, you like?