Online Photo Updates: Flickr + Twitter = Flittr?


I have just gone on vacation for 10 days in Florida visiting my sister and my mom. So I thought I would try an experiment where I would do online updates like twitter, only using photos in Flickr.

Now, if I had a fancy phone I could do it through the internet, but I don’t (if you can get to the internet, you can use mobile flickr website).

But I am still emailing pictures from my phone. I found some instructions here on flickr and wasn’t sure if I could do it but it was just a matter of getting an email address for my account (which I can view or edit through my account page on Flickr and then the email tab). Then I just take a picture on my phone camera and email it to my flickr email which posts it right on Flickr. My phone is old but it still have a ‘send pix message’ which makes it especially easy and I saved the email address in my phone’s phonebook so I can just pick it when I want to email.

I can also add a message (my phone text messaging skills are poor to say the least, but I can do it – at least if I have my reading glasses on ūüôā ). And you can set it in Flickr to add certain tags to any email pictures. You can also use tag keywords in your message but I try to minimize my texting through my phone so I just set up some defaults on Flickr.

It is surprisingly easy and fun. The one thing it does not do is have a way to send your emailed pictures to a set, but I just move them there when I get on the computer next.

This is my true “flittr” experiment since it is real time updating. You can go to my Flickr account to see my pictures and see it being updated.

And I will be taking pictures with my Kodak digital camera, my palm pilot and my web cam and posting them to my flickr account at mellottrobinson. I’ll put them in a set called Florida October 2007.

I’m not sure what access I will have to wifi/internet (my sister has wifi but it is locked and she isn’t sure she remembers the password) but I will do the best I can to post my digital pictures as my vacation progresses. The phone pictures are easy!

My husband didn’t come with me so it will be a good way for him to see what all I am doing and seeing.

I have always thought that there needed to be a way to “flittr” since I use twitter and flickr both regularly and combining the two seems like a great idea.

So keep an eye on my Florida October 2007 set and you can see my vacation as it unfolds (it is probably not that interesting but if you do it, it would be interesting to you and your family and friends) and maybe it will spark an interest in you to do the same.

~Susan Mellott

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