As the Facebook phenomenon continues to grow, people are quickly becoming obsessed with keeping friends and family constantly updated regarding their status.
The Facebook addiction is an interesting one. First, you start out providing general updates like, “Ryan finished off two projects today!” Eventually, you start adding multiple updates every day like, “Ryan just had a steak and cheese sub for lunch and boy was it good!”
The obsession takes hold, and the next thing you know you’ve resorted to installing Cellspin or Fring to your mobile phone so that you can check your friends updates or post your own constantly throughout the day, even when you’re away from a computer.
So what’s the next level of this Facebook addiction? Well, one of the coolest things about Facebook is the ease with which you can distribute photos via your page so that all of your friends and family can view them on your Facebook “wall.” The obvious evolution of that concept is posting photos from your mobile phone – no computer or broadband connection needed!
How is this possible? Two words – Facebook Mobile. Facebook offers a mobile feature where you can simply email photos from your mobile to your Facebook account.
This article will guide you through the process. But keep in mind, there’s a common problem people have when Facebook doesn’t “recognize” your mobile device – this article provides you with a workaround for that as well. So bookmark this page, and pass it around to all of your Facebook friends so that they can start posting Facebook photos from their mobile phones too!
How to Email Photos From Your Mobile to Facebook Account
Setting up your mobile phone to send pictures to your facebook account is very simple – if everything goes smoothly. The setup process takes place when you send your first photo to Facebook. After that, the process is as simple as emailing your photo to a special email account, and it instantly gets posted to your Profile.
Step #1: Choose a photo to send to your Facebook Account
As an example, I attempted to post a picture of my daughters that I took during our latest visit to the local Children’s Museum to my Facebook account. On your mobile phone, when you view the photo, there’s typically an option on your mobile device to “Send Photo” or “Email Photo.”
Once you get to the screen where you can enter the email details, fill out the address field with “firstname.lastname@example.org” and fill in the Subject field with the title you’d like to show up with your photo in Facebook.
Once you’re finished, fire off the email to Facebook Mobile, and wait patiently. After a few minutes (hopefully), you’ll receive a confirmation email with a numerical code. Make note of the code!
Step #2: Submit The Confirmation Code
Either from your mobile phone or from another computer, go to Facebook Mobile.
On this page, enter the confirmation code and click “Confirm.” At this point, you will receive a confirmation page that your mobile phone is confirmed. Once your phone is confirmed, you can email as many photos as you like to email@example.com and they’ll instantly publish to your profile.
Unrecognized or Unsupported Address – What Do I Do?
Of course, if you are one of the unlucky souls (and there are many) who receives an email back from Facebook that informs you that your device is unrecognized, don’t give up hope. For a true geek, with your mind set on accomplishing something, there’s always a way.
This is apparently a common error that a great number of Facebook users receive in response to the firstname.lastname@example.org email. If you’ve received this error back (as I did), one good workaround is to install the Zannel application to your Facebook account. Zannel does what Facebook developers apparently can’t, by “funneling” the photos, videos or text updates to your Facebook profile for you.
When you install Zannel on Facebook, you’ll need to create a new Zannel account – just choose an ID and password. Once you register, click on the “enable” link to post mobile pictures.
Once you’ve set it up, Zannel will provide you with a private email address where you can send your photos to in order to post pictures to your Facebook account.
The amazing thing about this approach was that the instant I sent this email, the picture immediately showed up on my Facebook wall, as well as in my Facebook photo album under a “Zannel Photos” category – no confirmation code required, no rejected email, and no glitches. Zannel is a beautiful thing.
More About Facebook Mobile
Keep in mind that if you can’t send emails with your mobile phone, you can still access your friends’ Facebook updates, and update your own status by using the text messaging feature of Facebook, available from the Facebook Mobile web page.
Another easy way to check out Facebook while you’re on the go is via the mobile access portal at http://m.facebook.com from your Internet enabled mobile device.
While Facebook is certainly not a perfect, it is clearly the current leader in social networking. If you want to stay connected to family and friends, even when you’re mobile, Facebook is the way to do it. And now, you can even take a snapshot with your mobile phone and instantly show it to all of your Facebook friends. Now, how cool is that?
What tools do you use to stay connected to Facebook when you’re mobile? Share your feedback in the comments section below.