Just like pipes that connect you from one place to another, Pixelpipe is a web service that connects you from the real world to the virtual world, by allowing you to upload your media content from desktop and mobile to a plethora of social network sites, all at the same time.
We have previously covered Pixelpipe in our top 20 mashup sites, but apparently, Pixelpipe has added tons of improvement that it worth a mention again. This time round, we are focusing on the mobile app (particularly Android).
For those who have not heard of Pixelpipe, it is a connector that links you to the various social networking sites. For example, if you have taken a ton of photos/videos in a party and wanted to post them to various sites like Flickr, YouTube Facebook, Twitter or even your own blog, you can either manually upload them one site at a time, or use Pixelpipe to upload them all to various sites at the same time. Each social networking site is known as a pipe. You just need to add the pipes to the Pixelpipe account and you can post to them instantly.
Pixelpipe for Android
When you run the app for the first time, it will prompt you to login to your account. If you do not have an account, you can either sign up for a new account right within the app, or visit the Pixelpipe website from your desktop.
Once you are logged in, you will see 4 main tabs: Media, Post, Queue and Settings.
Settings – adding pipes to your account
Let’s start from the “Settings”. Before you can upload to various sites, you have to add pipes to your account. Go to the Settings tab and you will be able to add, edit, delete pipes.
There are 100 destinations that you can add, so I am pretty sure you can find the one you need.
Uploading your media
Once you have added your pipes, you can start to upload your content. The Media tab is where you see all your media content – photos, videos and audio – in your phone. From here, you can select the media content and upload them to your pipes.
Blogging from Pixelpipe
If you have set up a blog in your pipes, you can also post to your blog from the Post tab. You don’t get too many features here, except for a title field, message field and the tag field. It is great for sites like Posterous and Tumblr, but a little limited for WordPress blog. One more thing, you can toggle your post between a status post or a blog post.
Other than the default feature within the app, Pixelpipe also integrates itself with your mobile camera. Immediately after you have taken a photo/video, the Pixelpipe upload option will pop up instantly and ask if you want to upload your photo to your pipes.
This camera integration is turned on by default. For those who find it annoying, you can turn it off at the Settings.
Pixelpipe is available in many forms. Other than its website, you can also access Pixelpipe via email/MMS, instant messaging client (Google talk, Yahoo messenger and Jabber/XMPP), Firefox extension, Google Picasa and various mobile device like the Android, iPhone, Palm Pre and Nokia N series phone. This is definitely a must for social-media addicts.