Facebook is fun and helpful. I love keeping up with people I know from far away and those that are still close. One of the great features is the ability to share photos with each other. Photos are a great tool to see what people are up to. They’re also good for seeing newer family members (marriages and births) and other fun stuff.
The thing about photos is that the caption at the bottom is very helpful in seeing what the uploader was thinking when they uploaded the photo. The problem is that people don’t always take the time to add Facebook photo captions, especially if they’re uploading multiple photos at a time. If I wanted to upload several photos from the same event (or are somehow otherwise related), I would love to have the ability to automatically add the same caption to all of them at the time of the upload.
I have found three methods to automatically load Facebook photo captions when you upload pictures.
Facebook’s Upload via Email feature
If you upload photos via email, the subject line automatically becomes the caption. If you are emailing more than one photo, the subject line becomes the caption of all of the photos attached to that email. Very cool.
Head to Facebook Mobile to find out the email address you should send updates and photos to. Don’t share this address with anyone because anyone who knows it can then post stuff to your profile and nobody wants that!
Compose an email message attaching the photos and adding a subject line.
Check out your Facebook photo section to see the results.
The screenshot only shows one photo but they both ended up with the same caption. So using the email feature is one shortcut making adding Facebook photo captions automatic and easy.
Another way to easily add captions to multiple photos when uploading them to Facebook is to use a desktop application. I found one called Bloom. Bloom makes uploading multiple photos to Facebook easy. Just highlight the photos in their folder and drag and drop them into the Bloom application. It’s really that easy.
Then you just add the album and photo information in fields in the right sidebar. You can either add separate photo captions by selecting them individually or you can Shift-click or Ctrl-click to highlight multiple photos and add the same caption to all selected photos.
Bloom also has many other features but for the sake of this article I’ll only cover the bulk uploader.
There is also a Picasa plugin called Picasa Uploader that allows you to upload photos directly from your Picasa program to Facebook, captions and all. It’s as easy as installing Picasa (if you haven’t already), installing the plugin, allow access to your Facebook account, and upload. It even gives you the option to create a new album for each group of pictures you upload in bulk.
Facebook has its own upload function and it is quite easy to add captions after uploading, but these are a few ways to have the captions done in bulk and before the upload. As far as Picasa goes, you are saving yourself from doing the captions twice if you’ve already inserted them in Picasa.
What are some of your tips to make adding captions to Facebook photos easier? Please share them with us in the comments!