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Twitter is already great for messaging people and broadcasting information to the world, and as Dave LeClair wrote in one of his past articles, it is also becoming a place to host photo galleries (sorry, TwitPic). However, with all of its sharing capabilities, one thing is missing – the ability to Tweet attachments in order to share various files.
Enter Pigeon Carrier, a unique Chrome extension and Firefox add-on that combines the powers of Twitter and DropBox to create something truly amazing. With the extension, you can easily upload files to your DropBox through Twitter and then share the link with the world.
How Can I Use It?
If this is your first time using Pigeon Carrier, you need to make a DropBox account for yourself if you don’t already have one. Theoretically, this is going to be pretty easy, and you can just choose the free 5GB space option. Upon your first usage of Pigeon Carrier, you will be prompted to authorize Pigeon Carrier to connect both your DropBox and your Twitter. This is perfectly safe, and the app developers won’t be stealing your soul in any way (as far as I know).
After installing the Pigeon Carrier extension, you’ll notice that there is going to be a brand new “Add Attachment” option right next to the Tweet button. At this point, you can already be sure that this extension is going to be incredibly easy to use.
When you are fully ready to Tweet attachments, all you have to do is type in your message (whether it be directed towards someone or just a general announcement), click “Add Attachment”, and then upload your file. After it uploads, confirm the attachment and send out your Tweet. Right next to the message will be the word “Attachment” in which anyone can click and download your selected file.
What About People Who Don’t Have The Extension?
By now, you may be wondering, “Josh, what about the folks who didn’t spruce up their browser with Pigeon Carrier? They won’t be able to see that fancy attachment link, will they?”
Well, my friend, you are too right. They won’t be able to see that fancy attachment link at all. However, what they will see is any standard “t.co” URL that you would use when sending out any link (like when I tweet out my MakeUseOf articles).
You see, when you use Pigeon Carrier, all it does is upload a file to your Public folder on DropBox, copies the link to this said file, and then pastes it in your Tweet upon your command so that it can be accessed through the Pigeon Carrier website. As a matter of fact, it does all of this with the click of a single button.
Imagine doing this all by yourself. It would take a ton of clicking, right? All Pigeon Carrier does is streamline it for you.
Since you have the extension, you will, of course, see the “Attachment” link in your Tweet, and if you happen to see attached files from anyone else who Tweets them out, you will see that same “Attachment” link. Basically, don’t worry at all about this not working for other people. The function is purely identical, but the form is slightly different.
Pigeon Carrier is a browser extension that basically conglomerates multiple functions into one swift process, allowing users to send files with their Tweets. Ideally, you can publicly send files to a mass group who may need them (say, for instance, a design team), or you could even just Tweet it out to one person (with the knowledge that other people can see the file).
Have you used Pigeon Carrier yet? What do you think of it? Do you know of any other ways that you can share files through Twitter?