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Guide to Sharing Images with Windows Phone

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 2/28/2011

Is there anything better than being able to snap a photo and upload it to Facebook inside 5 seconds? How about uploading to Flickr, TwitPic or Imgur?

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    Sharing Photos on Windows Phone with Built-in Tools

    Explaining Windows Phone Photo Sharing with Third Party Apps One of Windows Phone 7’s greatest strengths is the platform’s integration with various social networks. Even where these networks aren’t featured in the platform by default, additional apps can enhance this original functionality.

    Sharing photos from a Windows Phone 7 device is particularly easy, with built-in services such as Facebook and SkyDrive available as “quick upload” locations. If you would rather use other methods of sharing photos, these are also available, such as e-mail and MMS, not to mention the use of third party apps like Flickr and TwitPic.

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    Quick Windows Phone Photo Sharing

    If you’re out and about and you manage to take a photo of something really cool with your Windows Phone camera that you want to share with the world, the best method is via the camera menu.

    Just snap the photo and then pan left to right to review the image; on the right-hand side you should notice three ellipses […] which mean you will be able to drag the menu into view. Here, select Share… and then choose Upload to Facebook. Within a few seconds your photo will be shared and be visible for Facebook friends to see. If you don’t use Facebook, you can use the Upload to SkyDrive option just as easily, or if you prefer you can e-mail or send the image via MMS.

    But what if you don’t want any of these options?

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    Sharing Photos with Twitter

    There are various third party apps available with which you can share photos. One of the most commonly used is the Twitter app for Windows Phone 7, which provides all of the usual Twitter functions such as creating a Tweet and sending a direct message, adding hashtags and specifying places – as well as direct upload access to TwitPic.

    To share a photo over Twitter, launch the app and tab the Compose button. Next tap the Photos button and select an image from any of your photo albums or tap the Camera button to take a fresh photo. Once you have done this, tap Accept – the image will be uploaded and a URL added to your new Tweet. All you then need to do is add a description or a few words and then tap Tweet to send!

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    Other Third Party Photo Sharing Tools for Windows Phone

    Several other Windows Phone photo sharing tools are available from the Marketplace. This selection features some popular names, such as Photobucket, Flickr, PicLoader, Imgur, Picasa, and even a specific TwitPic app. In addition there is a variety of interesting offline photo sharing apps such as Touchnote Postcard, which allows the sending of postcards created from photos you have taken on your phone.

    Thanks to the power of the Windows Phone Pictures Hub you’re unlikely to ever be short of ways to share your photos!

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    Source: Author's own experience

    Images: Windows Phone Newsroom,