My good Twitter friend @TheRomit suggested adding a plus (+) sign to the end of a shortened URL to see the stats. I did this to a SkyDrive URL and it does show the stats on the image since the shortened URL is based on bit,ly.

You can check out the stats yourself by visiting this link –


That is great and handy to have however, I would like to see the data on the image page on the SkyDrive or at least linking to this data page from within SkyDrive?

On the other hand I tried the same thing with a Twitter based shared picture and got a 404 error.  Maybe they are working on it along with their official Windows 8 Twitter App.


One of the features that is now built into Windows 8, Windows Phone (7.X and 8) and of course directly on the website is the ability to share images with the public via your SkyDrive but without providing full access to your SkyDrive files.

On all of the official Twitter apps picture sharing is through their own service.

Sharing a picture with these services is not unlike sharing a document with a friend except this one is public for anyone and everyone to see who has access to the link.

Now with sharing being built in to all of our devices wouldn’t it be great to see how far it is going out there on the Internet?

I was having this discussion with someone on Twitter a few days ago about how we all like to see the reach of what we do.

Some services out there like TwitPic have the number of views right there on the display page for your picture or video. Of course we know the same goes for YouTube and many other sites.

However, there are two prominent means of sharing pictures that provide zero feedback on the reach of your photo sharing.

SkyDrive and Twitter.

Both services have built in photo sharing abilities and make it very easy to do however, neither of them give any feedback on how many times those images get seen.

The data must exist somewhere on some server I am sure. Why not add the simple little bit of code that would display that number on the same page as the image itself?

Isn’t all about data these days anyway?