Friday, February 27, 2009 - TechTonight I'm introducing a new feature to the site. It's called "From my Phone." Basically it's a little PaulMach.com twist on twitter. I upload pictures and captions from my phone and they get put in the "From my Phone" gallery automatically. They are then posted on twitter so that people can get updates along with the rest of their tweets.
This feature is mainly in response to all the readers who have called for more multimedia on the site. Evidently I'm in competition with KevinFrances.com and this is what I need to do to keep pace.
That and I want to be able to post at least something soon after a race. Sometimes I'm too tired to get a race report up right away and this is the next best thing.
So why not just use twitter and twitpic? Because I want to know when the picture was taken, not just when it was posted. There's a lot of information in that and I may not upload till that night or the next day. I tried and it's impossible to do this using twitter/twitpc. The other reason is that I like to do things my way without some "service" holding me back.
So here is how it works. I take a picture on my T-Mobile G1. I then upload it to Pixelpipe.com who then throws it back at PaulMach.com. I use Pixelpipe because they have an app that will take care of the uploading and caption sending.
A script at PaulMach.com puts the photo on the website and posts it to my twitter account. That's it, pretty straight forward.
We'll see how it works over the next couple of days. Let me know if you have any issues.