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Posting to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter

Sharing photos on social media websites is so common your mom probably does it. So why don’t you? iPhoto can seamlessly share photos to the most popular photo sharing sites: Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter.

Posting to Facebook

Facebook is the most popular photo-sharing site on the web. You can select a single photo, an album, or even an entire event to post on Facebook.

  1. In the Source list, select the Italy Smart Album.

  2. In the toolbar, click the Share button, and then click Facebook.


    If you’ve never previously shared to Facebook from iPhoto, the login window opens.

  3. In the login window, enter your Facebook name and password.

  4. Select the “I agree to Facebook’s terms” checkbox, and then click Login.

    A side window appears from the lower-right corner with options to publish the photo to a new album, an existing album, or your timeline. The Source list also shows a Facebook album for the account you entered.

    The Facebook album shows all the photos you’ve previously published to Facebook.

  5. Click the New Album button to open the Publish window.

  6. Enter the album’s name and who can view it, and then click Publish.

    When your photos are uploaded, you can select the Facebook album in the Source list to view all the albums you’ve posted to Facebook. In the Info pane, you can choose who can view the albums on Facebook.

Now that you know how to share photos with Facebook, you can follow the same steps when you choose to share with either Flickr or Twitter.

Differences in Posting to Flickr

Flickr has some unique benefits that may entice you to post your photos there:

  • Flickr is the only site that will display iPhoto keywords.

  • If the “Include location information for published photos” checkbox is selected in the Web section of iPhoto preferences, Places information will appear in Flickr.

Differences in Posting to Twitter

Twitter has a unique interface that may entice you to “tweet” your photos. Here are the most important differences:

  • Twitter is limited to 140 characters in a tweet. Your photo takes up 21 characters, so you are limited to adding 119 characters when a photo is attached.

  • Unlike Facebook and Flickr, where you can add your account from the iPhoto preferences window, you must add your Twitter account from the OS X System Preferences.

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