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I'd like to use iCloud in a manner similar to what Android users get with Google+. I'd like to take a picture with my iPhone, and have it automatically uploaded to (and thus permanently stored on) either Facebook or Google+ without having to do anything about it.

At present, it seems to me that the way to do this would be to sync my iPhone and a server with iCloud, and have some service (one that I'll write if I have to or one that is hopefully available or planned) running on the server that monitors the photo directory for new photos, and then uploads them via a Facebook or Google API.

Does this sound like the simplest way to get the sort of snap and forget photo functionality that I desire?

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migrated from Oct 13 '11 at 21:19

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iCloud does not have any features that connect it to Facebook and Google+. From the sounds of it, any answer to this question would be speculative at best. Will Apple decide to add such a feature to iCloud? I highly doubt it, but my point is that this type of question cannot be answered as a fact. You mention that perhaps you can write such a service? If so, then this question belongs in StackOverflow--assuming it is reworded as a question that says something along the lines of "How can I create a service that will sync an iCloud Photo Stream with Google+ or Facebook?". – Christian Correa Oct 13 '11 at 21:33

That won't be possible. iCloud is not a sharing/hosting service (at least concerning photos). It is a syncing service. And photos aren't stored for more than 30 days.

And only Apple devices can connect to the iCloud service/servers. There is no general API.

To get what you want, you'd have to write an app that does this and miss out iCloud completely.

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There's actually a free service specifically for this kind of thing, it's called If This Then That ( You can configure all different types of cloud and other services with it, and then use pre-configured "recipes" or create our own. You can create all kinds of cool automated actions with it that will save you lots of time. I personally have it back up all my iOS photos to Dropbox and also copy them to my Flickr page but you can easily set it up to post to a Facebook album instead (I use it the other way, I have it copy any photos I'm tagged in to my iCloud photos). I also have it copy a link to my FB posts to my Twitter feed, and use it with my Amazon Echo to turn on lights, etc.

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