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If you are part of the ever growing online community of social networking users, you will be happy to know that iPhoto '09 comes with the ability to publish your photos to Facebook and Flickr without ever having to leave iPhoto. It's super easy to do, so let's see how this works. Let's talk Facebook first. Although Facebook has its own system for publishing your photos to your Facebook page, you might as well do your publishing from iPhoto, since all of your photos are most likely ready to be in your iPhoto library. To publish photos to Facebook, select the photos you want to publish, and click Facebook. Now, the first time you do this you will be asked to setup your Facebook account to accept uploads from iPhoto. Click Set Up.
In this dialog you will want to enter your Facebook Email Address and Password. If you don't want to have to enter this information each time, check Keep me logged in to iPhoto Uploader. Then click Login. So here Facebook is asking me, do I want to allow iPhoto Uploader to have access to my Facebook account? So in order to upload photos, I'll have to allow this. So I'll click Allow. Once your Facebook name and password have been confirmed and you have allowed iPhoto Uploader to have access to your Facebook account, you will see this image and you can click Close.
So now iPhoto is ready to publish your selected photos to Facebook. Here it's asking me, do you want to publish " family shots" to Facebook? And it's grabbing this name "family shots" from the name of the album that I'm using here. You can choose here to allow Everyone to see these photos, Friends of Friends, or Only Friends. And these are referring to your Facebook friends, people who you have friended on your Facebook account. So if you only wanted your Facebook friends to see these photos for example, you would choose Only Friends. Once you have made that selection, you can click Publish. You can see now that we have a new Facebook Album here in the Source List.
The status here tells me that it's still uploading the photos, and in the upper-right hand corner you can also watch the progress of your upload. Once iPhoto is done publishing your photos, you will see the URL for that gallery, right here at the top of your window, which you can click on to view that gallery in Facebook. Now, if you are currently not logged into your Facebook account in your web browser, you will have to do so before you can see your gallery. All right. Here is my iPhoto gallery, here on my Facebook page. See all the photos are here.
Clicking on the thumbnail will take me to that photo. One of the really cool thing about publishing your photos to Facebook from iPhoto is that if you have used iPhoto's Faces feature to name any of the people who appear in your pictures, their names will show up in Facebook's name tags, like so. Not only that, but if any of your friends use Facebook to add missing names of the people in your photos, those names will then show up in the version of that picture in your copy of iPhoto the next time you sync your Facebook album. Facebook gives your friends the opportunity to tag people in your pictures by using the Tag This Photo tool here. So if somebody comes across the picture in one of your albums, where one of the people is not tagged in it, they can click Tag This Photo, draw a box around that person's face, and then add a name, and then when you go back to iPhoto, and click the Publish button here, you will sync your album with Facebook and those names will be downloaded into your copy of iPhoto.
This is a great way to figure out who each person in the photo is. I know a lot of people, who are uploading their old high school pictures of shots of the classroom, and all of their Facebook friends are contributing tags to name each person in those photographs, and that to me is really the definition of social networking. Now back in iPhoto, you can add to your Facebook gallery at anytime by selecting photos and dragging them into your Facebook album. You can see they have been added there, and you can see now that iPhoto is syncing that change with Facebook.
So now if I go back to my Facebook page, and there are the three photos that I just added. Conversely, if you remove any photos from your Facebook gallery here, just by selecting them, and hitting Delete on your keyboard, the next time you sync that photo will also be removed from your Facebook gallery. If you want to delete the entire gallery from Facebook, you can either do so from Facebook itself, or you can do so right here in iPhoto, simply by right-clicking on the Album and choosing Delete Album. Now, iPhoto warns me that the photos in the album will still be available in the library and other albums that contains them too, so we are not actually deleting the photos, we are just deleting this album. So I'll click Delete.
Notice it's syncing here too, because it's actually deleting that gallery from Facebook as well. So if I were to go back to my browser and refresh this page, you can see that page is no longer available here on Facebook because it has been deleted. So that's just publishing your photos to Facebook. Now, publishing your photos to Flickr, one of the most popular photo sharing sites in the world, is just as easy. To publish photos to Flickr, again, you just select the photos you want to publish, let's just use these for example, and then click Flickr.
As with Facebook, you need to confirm your Flickr account to allow photos to be published from iPhoto to your Flickr account. So we click Set Up. Now, when we did this with Facebook, you can confirm everything without leaving iPhoto, but when confirming your Flickr account, at least for the time being, you do so from your web browser, which is why Safari just popped open. So here on the Flickr Login page, I would enter my Yahoo ID, and of course you have to have all this setup already. So if you don't have a Flickr account, you can go to flickr.com and sign up for a Yahoo ID, so you can have a Flickr account.
Here on this page, this is where you allow iPhoto Uploader to access your Flickr account, so that you can upload your photos directly from iPhoto to Flickr. So on this page, we'll just click OK, I'll allow it. When you see this page telling you that you have successfully authorized the application, iPhoto Uploader, you can go ahead and close this window and go back to iPhoto. iPhoto is smart enough to know that you have now authorized it to upload to Flickr, and you will see this dialog appear. Again, we can choose who can see the photos we are publishing. We can say Only You, Your Friends, Your Family, Your Friends and Family, or Anyone who is visiting the Flickr website.
For example, I just choose Only You. Now, if you want the image strictly for viewing on the web, you would choose Web for your photo size. You also have the option of choosing Optimized or Actual Size. Now, in this case those options are grayed out because the sample files I'm using for this exercise are actually too small to print at larger sizes. But if you are publishing higher resolution photographs, you will have these options available to you. Once you have made your selections, click Publish, and you can see that a Flickr album now appears in my Source List. Once again, in the upper-right hand corner you will see the status of your upload. Once your photos have been published, you will see the URL for the photo gallery in the upper portion of your window, click on it, and you will go right to Flickr to look at that gallery. There they are.
So once your photos are on Flickr, you can edit their titles and captions, move them into other Flickr sets and do anything else you would normally do with any other photo on Flicker. As with Facebook albums, you can add or remove photos to your Flickr albums at anytime, by dragging them in or out of the album here on iPhoto. So since your photos are most likely going to be stored in your iPhoto library, iPhoto '09's new ability to publish directly to Facebook and Flickr makes it easy to share your pictures online.
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