How to Post a Picture to both Twitter and your Facebook Fan Page (with a smartphone)

April 25, 2011 · 12 comments

Do you have a smartphone but it doesn’t have apps? Or have an iPhone or an Android and want to post pictures to facebook and/or twitter without having to use an app?

There have been times where I wanted to post a picture to both twitter and my facebook fan page (or personal page) using my iPhone but I didn’t have time to bring up both a facebook and twitter app. I know there are apps out there that post to both but I don’t like them all that much. I like to use twitpic for my twitter pictures and those other apps don’t support twitpic. If the twitter picture service you use allows you to post via email, you can still do what I’m showing you below.

This is all done via email and it’s very easy to set up and once you get the hang of it, it will save you so much time. I found this very useful when I participated in the Susan G. Komen Tampa 3-Day for the Cure last October and I will be using this technique once again when I participate in a NASA Tweetup at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida for the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour STS-134 (squeee!) this week. I was thrilled and shocked when I was picked out of 4,000 registrants for 1 of 150 slots.

  • I’ll show you how to obtain the posting email address for your fan page & your personal account.
  • I’ll show you how to obain the posting email address for your twitpic account.
  • Then, I’ll show you how to easily set it up so it takes just seconds to post to both facebook & twitter.

First things first, you must be the admin of the facebook fan page you want to post to for this to work.

Make sure you’re logged into facebook and browse to your facebook fan page (or use your unique URL to do directly to it). On the far right is a link called “Edit Page”, click on that and it will bring you to the page below. Then, click on the Mobile link on the left sidebar. (For the browser screenshots on this post, click on the image to get a larger view.)

Take note of the email address that appears on this page. This is email address you will email photos or status updates to. DO NOT share this email address with anyone. If you click on the Learn More link to the right, you can refresh the email address and change it at anytime. Save this email address to your contacts as something you will remember. You can click on Learn More and have facebook email it to your phone.

The above screenshot is how you obtain the email address for your personal profile. Go to the Facebook Mobile page while logged into your account and you’ll see a similar page. I have noticed that they move around the sections so your Upload via Email information may be on another part of the page.

Again, take note of the email address that appears on this page. DO NOT share this email address with anyone. If you click on the Send my upload email button, facebook will email it to your phone. Also, save this email address in your contacts in your phone so you easily remember it.

Now onto, twitpic or whatever image service you use for Twitter (I’m sure yfrog or whatever other service you may use will have this option as well). I only prefer it because this is what I have been using from the beginning. Login to your twitpic account using twitter and then go to Settings and your twitpic email address will appear. Again, DON’T share this email address with anyone and save it in your contacts.

The below screenshots are from my iPhone but the last couple will apply to anyone that has access to sending email on your phone.

Go to Photos and select the icon in the top right corner

Choose Photo and Select Share

Select Email

Select Facebook Email (or however you have it named in your contacts)

Select twitpic Email (or however you have it named in your contacts). Add any emails for where you want to post, if you want to post to both your facebook personal profile and your fan page, you can do that.

Subject line is the caption in facebook & also the text of your tweet on twitter (keep it short because you're limited to 140 characters on twitter). For twitpic, it's also the caption. Include @mentions and hashtags if you wish.

The image should be in the body of your email message and it’s okay if you have some text like a signature, it will not appear in your tweet or image. Make sure to hit the send button. 🙂

*A note for facebook emails, if you include an empty body and just text in the subject line, that’s a facebook status. I don’t know of a way to email text to twitter so it displays in your public timeline as a tweet but there are ways to text tweets, direct messages and @replies, just visit the Twitter mobile page.

And here’s an example of an image I uploaded to facebook and twitter last month using the methods I outlined above.

I hope you found this post useful!

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Jenn April 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

So cool! Thanks for sharing. I always wondered what I would need that facebook email address for!


Dee @ Cocktails with Mom April 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I just got a smartphone so this would be helpful.


Rachel April 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Very handy – thank you! 🙂


Brandy April 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Can I do this from my Droid??? You must have READ my mind seriously! I was just texting my friend @mommadjane over weekend asking her how she was posting to her FB page from her iPhone. I don’t have an iPhone, I have an HTC Droid Incredible.


JulieD April 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

That’s too funny, Brandy. I have been wanting to write this post for a few weeks now. 🙂 If you can send email from your Droid & take pictures, you should be able to do what I outlined in this post. Let me know if you have any questions.


blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell April 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

This is great! I use twitpic thru email sometimes, but I have never set it up for FB. Thanks so much!


Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins April 30, 2011 at 9:01 am

Thanks for sharing! I am definitely going to give this a try.


Sharon May 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

Thanks for sharing that is really handy to know.


Rachel @ Yellow Tennessee May 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Thanks. I had no idea what the Facebook email would be used for. Looks easy enough to do.


Notorious Spinks May 31, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I was reading an article about Twitpic using pictures people share w/ advertisers or something like that. I’ll have to find that article again but I advise everyone to read the user terms before sharing pictures.


Megan - Weight Loss Mother June 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Thanks so much for this post!!!!!


Cookie and Kate November 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! I’m setting it up now.


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