Link Instagram and Pinterest with Flickr

9 May
Flickr to Facebook: I'll see your Instagram and raise you a Pinterest

Flickr to Facebook: I’ll see your Instagram and raise you a Pinterest. Photo by Courtney Patubo / edit by rsmithing. Click for full size.

Flickr to Facebook: I’ll see your Instagram and raise you a Pinterest

Hot on the heels of my post on using Pinterest for Instagram images with sites like Gramfeed, Flickr has made this even easier by including Pinterest as an option under the “Share” menu at the top left of any Flickr image. And the best part is, all photos are automatically attributed to the owner – including all photos ever previously pinned from Flickr!

Pinterest for Flickr

This is HUGE, because not only does it mean easy and proper posting from a site with millions of great images, but also it makes posting from Instagram easy as well, since Instagram users can easily link their accounts to post to Flickr when uploading at Instagram.

I personally only started using Flickr seriously as a result of Instagram’s integration, and I now swear by it as a great tool for managing your images with some neat social functionality thrown in. It’s highly customizable, easy to use, and a great value whether you subscribe for free or have a Pro account.

Just two steps gets any Flickr image on your Pinterest board. Click for full details at Flickr’s blog.

Bottom Line: Flickr Gets It Right… First

Maybe they were too busy being bought by Facebook to notice, but the folks at Instagram missed out on being the first major image sharing site to hook up so seamlessly with Pinterest. I’m fairly sure that day is coming, since Instagram already integrates with Twitter, Tumblr, Posterous, Foursquare, and of course, Flickr, but given the competitiveness in Silicon Valley these days, it’s not a given.

Pinterest’s growth is impossible to ignore, and Flickr did the right thing by integrating easily with the site. Rather than interfere with its own goals, this makes an already great platform like Flickr even better.

I don’t work for Flickr, but if you haven’t checked it out – and especially if you want to pin your Instagram images like a boss – definitely give Flickr a look… even if only to find cool images for your Pinterest Boards.

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What do you think? Do you use Flickr in conjunction with Instagram? Do you use Pinterest and have you pinned Flickr images there? What has that been like? Will you be trying this now that Flickr makes it easy to share images originating on Instagram? Let us hear from you in the comments!

7 Responses to “Link Instagram and Pinterest with Flickr”

  1. Bojan Djordjevic October 11, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    This is not automatic, hence I am really not interested :/

    • rsmithing October 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      It would be great if there were a way to automate the steps, but for now this is about all there is. Maybe one day. Thanks for checking out the post, Bojan.

  2. Amo Panama (@amopanama) May 19, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Thanks for the insights! I linked my Instagram account to Flickr tonight. I was wondering if it was possible to transfer existing photos on my Instagram feed to Flickr?

    • rsmithing May 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

      Hi! I’m so glad this was useful. Definitely, linking to Flickr from Instagram is a smart move – very good that you set that up. The best way I know of to transfer Instagram to Flickr is by downloading your Instagram photos in a batch to your computer (using a site like, then uploading them directly to your Flickr account through Flickr. Instaport says they will have an export-to-Flickr option coming soon. Good luck.

  3. Adam Hubka May 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Great article! Thanks for the link as well. I’m a big fan of Pinterest and Instagram and I definitely think there should be easier integration between the two. Given that Pinterest is still in beta (as crazy as that seems) hopefully we’ll see that connection soon.

    • rsmithing May 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      Good point – I bet it’s just a matter of time before the two connect, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the powers that be don’t immediately make it happen as fast as Flickr did. Thanks for commenting!

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