How to post or tweet a picture on Twitter

Computer Hope guyPosting and sharing pictures on Twitter requires a third-party tool or service. In the steps below, we will be using Twitpic to post pictures to Twitter from a computer and in e-mail and the default Twitter picture client to post pics from your phone to Twitter.

Note: When uploading a picture to Twitter, a link is created in your tweet. To view the image, the reader must click that link or the picture icon. Having the actual picture in the tweet instead of a link to the image requires third-party applications which circumvent the standard image tweeting process. These applications are not discussed on this page.

Posting a picture on Twitter from your computer

  1. Visit the Twitpic web page.
  2. Click the button to sign in with Twitter, unless you want to create a new Twitpic account.
  3. After signing in, click the Upload photo link.
  4. Browse to where the photo is you want to upload.
  5. Add an optional message with the photo and click the Upload button.

Tip: Use a Twitter application like TweetDeck to make the above process easier. This program also allows you to post pictures through YFrog, Plixi, Posterous, or Mobypicture.

Posting a picture on Twitter from an e-mail attachment

  1. Visit the Twitpic web page.
  2. Click the button to sign in with Twitter, unless you want to create a new Twitpic account.
  3. After signing in, click the Upload photo link.
  4. In the upload page, a custom e-mail address will be listed for your account. Save this e-mail address into your e-mail address book.
  5. After you know your e-mail address, send an e-mail to that address with the picture saved as an attachment and the Subject line containing your Twitter message.

Posting a picture on Twitter from your phone

There is a free Twitter app for the Apple iPhone, Android phone, and the Blackberry that is capable of posting pictures to your Twitter account. Download the app to your phone, sign into your Twitter account, and create a new tweet. When creating the tweet, click the drop down arrow box in the bottom right-corner of the message to display the option to post a picture.

Note: This may vary depending on your phone and your version of the Twitter application.

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