Tweed: Photo Upload Update

July 3, 2009 Christian Sepulveda

As discussed in the last release notes, the Palm Mojo SDK doesn’t provide a general mechanism for uploading photos. However, email supports attachments, so you can email photos from the phone.

We started to develop an intermediary service that would accept emailed photos, then upload these to TwitPic, TweedPhoto, etc., and return the urls to Tweed. Then Tweed could post to Twitter with the photo links.

Unfortunately, this takes more time than we would like. (There are latency, scalability and general reliability issues.)

So, we are going to start with a much simpler option — the Compose Tweet screen will create an email on behalf of the user for posting tweets via photo services that support email. (Tweed will have a preference for storing the email address/pin for the service the user chooses.)

There are some issues with this simplified solution:

  • “in reply to”/conversations will not be supported
  • no DM support
  • in simple terms, email tweet posts are just posts, not replies

We will have this solution later this week.

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