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Make Flickr's Blog This Feature Work with Movable Type 4.0

This tutorial is cross posted at On a path media

Actually this applies to any version of Movable Type since 3.2 and to all kinds of external apps for posting to your Movable Type blog. I just suspect that the Blog This feature from Flickr is probably the most popular external blogging tool out there and it's really frustrating when you can't get it to work.

I should mention this post was inspired by my friend Cecily who recently wrote about posting from TextMate to a Movable Type blog. Her post reminded me about how the web services password can cause problems when setting up a Movable Type blog to work with Flickr's Blog This feature.

When you go to setup your Movable Type blog with Flickr you'll be asked for your password. Many folks put in their password only to be told its incorrect. They check and double check and absolutely certain they're putting the right password in only to still be rejected. The problem is that Flickr doesn't want your main blog password (the one you use to login to your blog with). What Flickr wants is your web services password.

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If you don't know what your web services password is that probably means you haven't set one up yet. System Overview -> Users -> Your User Identity

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If you don't know what your web services password is that probably means you haven't set one up yet. System Overview -> Users -> Your User Identity
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If you haven't set up a web services password the field will blank. If you have but can't remember what it is just click the reveal link and it will be shown. Now tell Flickr what your shiny new or newly revealed web services password is and you'll most likely be good to go.

Comments (5)

Thanks a ton for this. I know a lot of Flickr users have been asking. I'll probably post the link there for reference.

You're very welcome. I'm happy to help.

Thanks, it worked perfectly.

Now my question. My girlfriend and I are authors on the same blog, but it seems that I can only set up the Web Services password for one of us.

Is it not possible to let other authors of my blog use this service?

Thanks in advance,
Edwin Dalorzo

Bret:

Thanks a bunch! This worked like a charm. I'm glad it was a simple fix.

Thanks Michelle,

I've been trying to sign up for the new Facebook BlogIt feature and although I new I'd seen the Web Services password somewhere in MT I just couldn't find it when I needed to. A Google search brought up your post and I'm greatly appreciative. Thanks for the info.

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