If you're not familiar with Pixelpipe, you should go get acquainted now. You can think of the service as sort of a Ping.fm for your media. Using their software, you're able to publish either text, photos, videos, and audio to any of the services supported, making it one of the easiest and quickest ways to distribute your content across the web. After it arrived last year, we quickly identified it as a winner when it worked exactly as advertised. Since that time, the company has grown and expanded, adding more features, more services, and even a handful of mobile applications. (We especially love that iPhone one!)
The latest addition to their collection of utilities is a new, experimental Firefox extension called the Pixelpipe Media Uploader 1.0. With this add-on, you can upload media all across the social web either through drag-and-drop or by selecting from a chooser.
After installing the extension and restarting Firefox, you'll see that there's a new orange "P" button in your toolbar. Click that once and the Pixelpipe sidebar will display on the left side of the screen. The first time you go to use this tool, you'll need to sign in with your Pixelpipe account and authorize it to work in Firefox. Once that's done, you can then drag-and-drop any media into the sidebar to upload it to Pixelpipe which then, of course, shoots it out to any of the services you've configured. Alternately, you can right-click on any image on the web and choose the "Upload image with Pixelpipe Uploader" option from the menu that appears.
One of the nice things about the uploader is that you can add the title, any appropriate tags, and set the privacy levels before you click "Upload." That way, you don't have to actually go visit the sites afterwards to configure these sorts of settings.
This new utility is just another reminder of how desktop software tools are slowly being replaced by browser-based services. Who needs the Flickr uploader anymore when you can drag photos to your browser and send them directly to Flickr, Facebook, and a slew of other sites with only a click or two?
If you want to try the new Pixelpipe Media Uploader, you can download the Firefox extension here.