If a picture is worth a thousand words, then maybe a TwitPic is worth 140 characters. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between the two. With TwitPic you can do both.
Here’s the scene. You are on vacation. You are nestled in the mountains and witness a glorious sunset. Sure, you could describe it in 140 characters or less. Or you could snap a picture of the scene, email it to TwitPic with a brief message, and have both posted on Twitter in minutes.
- Make sure your cell phone has a camera. If it doesn’t, you can still post pictures, but it won’t nearly as easy or spontaneous.
- Sign up for a free TwitPic account. It will take you less than two minutes. You just enter your Twitter username and password. When you do, TwitPic will give you a unique TwitPic email address that you will use.
- Create a new entry in your cell phone address book called, “TwitPic.” Enter your new TwitPic email address in the appropriate field. Save the new address. Now the fun begins.
- Take a photo with your cell phone. It can be of anything. A beautiful scene, the food you are eating, the people you are with … whatever.
- Email the photo as an attachment to TwitPic. Since you already entered this into your address book, your unique TwitPic address is already assigned to it.
- Enter any text you want to accompany the picture in the subject line of the email message. Don’t bother entering text in the body of the message. TwitPic will ignore it. Keep your message brief. You only have about 110 characters, since TwitPic will need to include an abbreviated link to the actual picture.
- Send the email. But you will need to be patient. Depending on what else is happening on the Web, it may take a few minutes—sometimes several minutes—for TwitPic to post the picture and send your tweet with the link.
That’s all there is to it. If everything has gone as planned, your followers will see a message like the following:
When they click on the embedded link, they will see the actual picture:
TwitPic is a great and simple way to enhance your tweets. It’s the next best thing to being there.