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Posting Photos

Do you want to post that photo of Waikiki Beach you took last year? How about that picture of this year's snowstorm? No problem. Just follow these steps:

  1. Click the top text box in the Buzz window. (This text box has the caption "Share what you're thinking. Post a picture, video, or other link here.")
  2. Enter the text of your post.
  3. Click the Photo link under the post. Buzz displays a dialog box to connect you to Picasa, Google's online photo site, as shown in Figure 5.4.
    Figure 5.4

    Figure 5.4 Preparing to post a photo.

  4. Click Choose Photos to Upload. Buzz displays a dialog box that lets you browse to the photos you want to upload.
  5. Browse to your photos and select them in the dialog box.
  6. Click the Open button in the dialog box.
  7. Click the Open button in the dialog box. Buzz displays the photo(s) you've selected.
  8. Select the photos(s) you want to post.
  9. Click the Add Photos to Post button. The photo or photos you've selected appear in your post, as shown in Figure 5.5.
    Figure 5.5

    Figure 5.5 Posting a photo.

  10. Click the Post button to send your post to Buzz.

How does your post appear with the photo? Take a look at Figure 5.6.

Figure 5.6

Figure 5.6 A post containing a photo.

The photo in Figure 5.6 is a thumbnail—clicking it takes you to the original photo.

Posting Links and Photos Together

Take a look at Figure 5.7, which shows a news page to which you might want to post a link and a photo you might want to include in your post as well.

Figure 5.7

Figure 5.7 A news story containing a photo.

Buzz lets you post links and photos at the same time. Just follow these steps:

  1. Click the top text box in the Buzz window. (This text box has the caption "Share what you're thinking. Post a picture, video, or other link here.")
  2. Enter the text of your post.
  3. Under the post, click Link.
  4. Enter the URL of the link in the text box.
  5. Click the Add Link button to add the link to your post. Buzz displays content from the link and any photos from the link as well, as shown in Figure 5.2.
  6. Select the photos you want to include with your post.
  7. Click the Post button to send your post to Buzz.

As you can see, posting a link with photos is easy.

Deleting a Photo from a Post

Buzz does not allow you to swap out photos included with a post. Your only option is to delete photos from a post and start over. Just follow these steps:

  1. Click the Edit link in the post from which you want to delete the photo (you can only delete photos from your own posts). Buzz opens the post for editing, placing the post's text in a text box, and displaying the photo under the text box.
  2. Click the X button that appears at the top right of the photo to delete it.
  3. Click the Save Changes button. Buzz changes the post, deleting the photo.

Can't you do more than just delete a photo? As you see in the next section, you can do a little more with the quick-editing capabilities of Buzz when you post a photo.

Rotating Photos

Some limited options are available for editing a photo when you upload it, such as rotating it. Just follow these steps:

  1. Click the top text box in the Buzz window. (This text box has the caption "Share what you're thinking. Post a picture, video, or other link here.")
  2. Enter the text of your post.
  3. Click the Photo link under the post. Buzz displays a dialog box to connect you to Picasa, Google's online photo site.
  4. Click Choose Photos to Upload. Buzz displays a dialog box that lets you browse to the photos you want to upload.
  5. Browse to your photos and select them in the dialog box.
  6. Click the Open button in the dialog box.
  7. Buzz displays the photo(s) you've selected.
  8. Select the photo you want to rotate.
  9. Hover the mouse pointer over the photo. Small rotation controls—a clockwise arrow and a counterclockwise arrow—appear at the upper right above the photo.
  10. Click the clockwise or counterclockwise arrow to rotate the photo. The photo is rotated to match.
  11. Click Add Photos to Post. The photo or photos you've selected appear in your post.

This feature is great for when you've taken a picture vertically but decide it would look better horizontally (or vice versa).

Adding Captions to Your Photos

Follow these steps to add a caption to a photo:

  1. Click the top text box in the Buzz window (this text box has the caption "Share what you're thinking. Post a picture, video, or other link here.").
  2. Enter the text of your post.
  3. Click the Photo link under the post. Buzz displays a dialog box to connect you to Picasa, Google's online photo site.
  4. Click the Choose Photos to Upload button. Buzz displays a dialog box that lets you browse to the photos you want to upload.
  5. Browse to your photo and select it in the dialog box.
  6. Click the Open button in the dialog box. Buzz displays the photo(s) you've selected.
  7. Select the photo for which you want to add a caption. A link, Add a Caption, appears under the photo. Click it.
  8. A text box appears in which you add your caption, as shown in Figure 5.8.
    Figure 5.8

    Figure 5.8 Type a caption into the box below the photo.

  9. Enter your caption in the text box and press Enter. The new caption appears in the photo.
  10. Click the Add Photos to Post button. The photo appears in your post, as shown in Figure 5.9.
    Figure 5.9

    Figure 5.9 A photo with a caption.

  11. Click the Post button to send your post to Buzz.

Keeping Your Photos Private

If you want to restrict your photos to a specific group of your contacts, follow these steps:

  1. Click the top text box in the Buzz window. (This text box has the caption "Share what you're thinking. Post a picture, video, or other link here.")
  2. Enter the text of your post.
  3. Click the Photo link under the post. Buzz displays a dialog box to connect you to Picasa.
  4. Click the Choose Photos to Upload button. Buzz displays a dialog box that lets you browse to the photos you want to upload.
  5. Browse to your photos and select them in the dialog box.
  6. Click the Open button in the dialog box. Buzz displays the photo(s) you've selected.
  7. Select the photo(s) you want to post.
  8. Click the Add Photos to Post button. The photo or photos you've selected appear in your post.
  9. Click the down arrow next to the Public on the Web list box item and select the Private item. Buzz lists the group to which you most recently posted. If you accept that group, skip to Step 12.
  10. Click the Post to a Group link. Buzz displays your groups with checkboxes, as shown in Figure 5.10.
    Figure 5.10

    Figure 5.10 Making a photo private.

  11. Select the checkboxes corresponding to the groups to which you want to post. If you want to create a new group, click the Create a New Group link.
  12. Click the Post button to send your post to Buzz.

Keeping your photos posted privately can keep those embarrassing photos from becoming public.

Posting Links and Photos Using HTML

Having to click a link and follow directions to post links and photos to Buzz can seem a little tedious. Can't you just paste those items directly in your posts?

No, Buzz won't let you paste links or photos directly. But you can paste the actual HTML that creates the link or displays the photo, saving yourself a few steps. Here's how:

  1. Click the top text box in the Buzz window. (This text box has the caption "Share what you're thinking. Post a picture, video, or other link here.")
  2. Enter the text of your post.
  3. Paste the HTML corresponding to your link or photo into the text box. Examples might include the following:

    <img
    src="https://www.meadowridgetownhouses.com/triplex.jpg"> to
    paste an image, or
    <a href= "http://www.meadowridgetownhouses.com"> </a> for
    a link.

    If you post the HTML that points to an image, Buzz displays a thumbnail of the image as you post, as you can see in Figure 5.11. If you paste the HTML for a link into your post, Buzz fetches the page, displays the beginning of its content, and enables you to select photos from the page, just as you would when posting a link to Buzz in the usual way.

    Figure 5.11

    Figure 5.11 Posting an <img> element.

  4. Click the Post button to post your message.
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