Posting Photos Online Requires a Mad Scientist Flowchart

This month’s Wired magazine has a feature called “Ask a Flowchart: Where Should I Post My Photos Online“. It’s a funky workflow that’s done in jest but the reality is that many of us have a very similar and convoluted approach when it comes to determining what services to post our photos to and it seems to get crazier every day.

Wired's Where Should I Post My Photos Online Flowchart? click image to view on

Back in October of this year I wrote about this very topic

From the post

I have an ever evolving dynamic workflow diagram that I run through in my head before I decide my path to posting something. For example lets say I want to post a photo online. This may get a bit wacky so try to stay with me. First off I need to determine what tool I will use to post the photo. The tool will differ depending whether I’m on my computer or using a mobile phone. On my desktop I may use Tweetdeck or email or Flickr uploader but before I can choose the tool I need to determine ultimately what type of photo I’m posting. If I just want to share something in the moment and really don’t care about archiving the share (I call these disposable photos) I will use Twitpic and just post to Twitter. If I want to share the photo across several services such as Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed I will email using Posterous for their autoposting functionality. If the photo is something I really like and want to share and archive I will most likely post that to Flickr. Then even beyond these decisions I have edge cases such as posting food in which I may use Foodspotting and cases where I wanted the location to be a focus and used Brightkite. I could go on, but I think you might get the point.

You can read the full post here. Since then my workflow has gotten much better and I’m primarily using Picplz for most photos and selectively choosing which services to syndicate the photos to (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr) at the point of posting depending on the type of photo and who I want to share it with. Secondarily I use any number of other services like Twitpic, yfrog, and the like for “disposable” images which are usually screenshots or other images that aren’t created by me, or don’t make sense to post to a photo sharing service.

Anyways, as many of you will agree the Wired piece makes us laugh…but it’s that nervous laughter, the kind you undeniably know is funny but also know affects you adversely at the same time.

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