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Putting pictures into comments on MySpace is easy - unless the URL is too long. We look at how to post a picture in a MySpace comment with a long URL.

I'm trying to use your instructions to put a picture into a comment or put a picture into the caption of another picture but it won't let me. The link to my picture is apparently too long. What can I do?

You've stumbled onto a common problem. In fact, it's typically the cause of the "I only see two dots" complaint.

The good news is that there are services out there that make this very easy to deal with.

In order to post a picture into a MySpace comment or picture caption, you need to actually type in HTML, the "language" of web pages. What you're typing in is the instructions that says "put that picture, here".

It looks something like this:

<img src="" />

The link we're talking about, called a URL, is this part:

If that's too long, then MySpace will not display the picture, and may display something else, like the two dots, instead.

We need to create a shorter URL.

The easiest way to do that is to use a service like SnipURL. Visit and you'll see this:


On the SnipURL site, enter the "long" version of the URL that you have.

Important: do not enter the actual file name - the characters following the last slash! Only enter everything from the "http" to, but not including, that last "/".

So, using our current example, I would enter this:

Note how I left off the file name, "573024355_l.jpg". We'll get to that in a second.

Here's what is looks like in SnipURL:

SnipURL with data

Now, press the SNIP URL button. The resulting page will show you your now much smaller URL. In my case, I get:

Snip URL Results

Now we'll put the new SnipURL together with the filename:

is now just a short version of:

Which you can now use anywhere you would have used the longer version.

So, to come full circle, in our MySpace "picture in a comment" example, instead of:

<img src="" />

after creating the SnipURL, we would use this instead:

<img src="" />

As you can see, it's much shorter.

Caution: in putting together this article, I attempted to use a similar service called "TinyURL". I'm not certain, but it appears that MySpace is actively preventing TinyURL from being used in cases like this.

As a result, I'm not certain of the future for SnipURL. However, for the moment, I was able to confirm that everything above, when followed exactly, works.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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December 21, 2006 6:33 PM

I did this and all the other things you said to do for the picture in the caption box and it works, the only problem is that for some reason the caption picture will not center along with the first picture. I've repeated it over and over again and come up with the same un-centered picture.

December 22, 2006 8:27 PM

Get a URL shrinker of your own. Free.

December 28, 2006 9:52 AM

It seems as if MySpace is preventing this, as you said, so I really don't know what to do. I've followed this page and the one with the comment box, and haven't been able to make anything show up besides a broken image... And I know html pretty well, so I am assuming MySpace isn't allowing it.

December 28, 2006 11:14 PM

omg this actually worked for me. thanks =]

January 2, 2007 11:14 AM

Yeah, I followed everything correctly and I still get the two dots- I guess myspace doesn't allow it then?

January 2, 2007 6:18 PM

Snip url won't work for me. It keeps coming up with "This document contains no data"

January 4, 2007 5:46 PM

i still get the two dots?!?!?! i followed it exactly as you said. . .i feel stupid

January 8, 2007 2:47 PM

thanks, this was so helpful =]

January 9, 2007 2:04 PM

i followed this exactly and i'm still getting the two dots, what am i doing wrong?

January 12, 2007 7:42 AM

ok so i did exactly like you said and it worked. but when i clicked on "view pics" it had my old caption. when i go back to add/edit photos, it has the icon for the capiton! grr i am mad. please help...

January 15, 2007 11:59 AM

I still get two dots aswell...

deboralee <3
January 19, 2007 12:30 PM

yeahhhh.. it didnt work for me i got a blank box with an x.

January 20, 2007 11:33 AM

The snip url thing did not work!!! i need better directions bc it was still to long! or i did something wronge but i tryed like 20 times (no lie)

January 21, 2007 10:03 AM

ok i did what you told me to and the comment box would either come out empty or with those stupid dots

January 21, 2007 11:47 AM

didn't work I got a box with an X in it

January 23, 2007 8:34 AM

i did what you said, using "flickr" as my uploader, however it came up with "image not available" maybe this was flickrs fault, i'm not sure

January 23, 2007 7:24 PM

it only works if you put the html code in it, is there any way i can shorten the html rather then the url?

January 24, 2007 1:15 AM

i still get the 2 dots.. i tried it heaps!!

January 25, 2007 6:25 PM

It took Me forever but I finally got it!!!

1st ) GO to out source (example: )

2nd ) Get The


3rd ) Grab the source part of the html code (it is highlighted)
NOTE: Do NOT Pass That [ / ] Notice That I DIDN’T Highlight it!!!!

This is the code :

4th ) Go To and type the source code of the html which is highlighted above:

5th ) There it will give you a short version of the code. Copy & Paste it.

6th ) Then Make it look Like this example given:

Put The Short Code Here in The Highlighted!! (In Between “ ___” )

7th ) Copy & Paste The whole thing once you put the short code in go to add/edit pics…Then go to add caption….Paste it there and press enter/update caption….then it will show you the pic that you entered…

Hope this helps if it dosen’t then try e-mailing me at to see if I can help you…

January 29, 2007 8:39 PM

Go Too for the url its shorter and works easier and also loads quickly

February 1, 2007 5:39 PM

It Wouldnt Work... Neither The Photobucket Intructions =( If It Worked 4 U PLZ LET ME KNOW AND HELP ME!!!! or TNX!!!!

February 2, 2007 6:07 PM

I done what you said and it wont work i went to the sinp url thing and everything i doen it lyke 3 tymes and it wont work..PLEASE HELP ME!

February 3, 2007 1:32 AM

This doesn't actually work. Any of it. I did it correctly 5 times with no success. I just want it to work...aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Thanks for the help though.

February 3, 2007 3:16 PM

i used instead of photobucket and u dont have to shorten the url....

February 3, 2007 7:57 PM


February 19, 2007 3:55 PM

this really helps!!!...thanks!!!.. :]

February 20, 2007 4:21 PM

yeh is the solution.

you should post this on the other one

February 21, 2007 2:22 AM


February 22, 2007 3:29 AM

aah het werkt gewoon niet

February 22, 2007 5:47 PM

Tinypic sucks.. Well not really cus u can get ur pic url quik BUT! i CAN NOT put the code in the Add caption thingy... I tried everything u said to do and NUTHING!!! ANd then when i used the "snip" Thing It kept on sayin to put a url that actually work..? I got the code from Tinypic... I dont understanddd....... :{ Get back at me please

February 22, 2007 10:47 PM

It worked. Thanks man =)

Alice Caudle
February 23, 2007 1:17 PM

it doesnt work!!

March 3, 2007 11:35 PM

ive tried all of these. tinypic, photobucket, and this way! i keep getting 2 dots! even when i shorten the url it still does that! then my friend did it no prob the same way as this!! HELP!

Arr Pirate
March 5, 2007 2:13 AM

That site is okay but you could also use Ya, just thought I should say it.

Peace out

jenn dawgs
March 10, 2007 12:09 PM

good looking finally it worked.. thank u so very mucho

March 14, 2007 3:25 PM

i still dont get it....?

March 14, 2007 7:14 PM

Ive tried everything that everyone has reccomended, my friend that has them on hers even tried it for me and it didnt work. Please get back to me, i really want these pictures. Thank you.

March 15, 2007 7:27 PM

i did the snipurl thing and the two dots still apprear when i press view caption.i'm confused now. is there anything you can do to help me?

March 17, 2007 3:34 AM

ive tried it all, but it still doesnt work! please help. thanks =] x

March 21, 2007 9:56 AM

thanks for wasting 25 mins of my time. ancient greek would be easier to understand than that bollocks

March 23, 2007 9:38 PM

i followed your directions for snipping the url link and i put it as my picture comment but it shows up as a red x. PLEASE HELP!

March 25, 2007 4:04 PM

DUDE!!!!! i did everything with the snipURL thing and made it small and everything else.... and i still got two ..!!!!!!!!!! wtf ive been doing this everyday!!!! HELP ME PLEASE!~!!!!

March 25, 2007 9:06 PM

I went through and followed all instuctions and then i used snipURL and my url is still too long plzz help!!!

March 27, 2007 12:07 AM

Hey they must be reading it wrong because i think it works great if you just do it on
but do you know how to make them smaller?

March 27, 2007 1:41 PM

Thanks so much, this solved my problem!

March 29, 2007 4:03 AM

ok, easy instructions-

1. Go to (you dont need to make an account)

2. Upload the image you want to use from your computer.

3. It will come up with the URL, mine was

4. Forget about that code for a min, and go back to the original code that is used to put the url into.

5. Where is sais 'URLHERE' in the code paste the URL for the image you uploaded off

6. Paste the whole code into your image caption place, and it will work.

(If there is any problems, or you want me to do the code, email me,

April 9, 2007 11:51 AM

my URL is still to big!!!

April 13, 2007 7:25 AM

is there a way of putting pictures in the caption that are saved on your computer?
rather then on the internet?
because i cant seem to get the hang of the url thing
so can you use saved pictures?
ive tried..failed..gave im asking you for help
please help!

April 13, 2007 7:38 AM

i did that thing sam said
but the URL is to long
and it doesnt work on snipurl
because it isnt a url off the internet or something
what can i do?
help please!

April 16, 2007 11:46 PM

Thank you very much, it took we atleast 7 times reading closer and closer at what you said and i finally got it. Its a little dog!
Let me see if i cant help anyone
Step one: Go to any uploading website, for example and upload a photo (Anysize)
Look at URL example:
Step three: Go to snipurl and get a shorter one.
Add them together with his directions way above

April 17, 2007 1:15 AM


honestly, this is getting to me.
i did everyting it said... went over the html about 3 times. and i know heaps about html already, i dont understand how its not working. i uploaded it in imageshack and there wast even a ".net" in my thing..

honestly can somebody get the correct way to do it so everyone can stress less?

April 29, 2007 12:56 AM

w0rkedd a treaat.. but i onlyy g0t a boxx with an 'x' in it. whyy?

May 4, 2007 3:18 PM

its not working
i got two dots!

May 10, 2007 11:30 PM

You're awesome

May 27, 2007 12:33 PM

ahhhhhhhhhh I need hepl plz wrIte me on
If you can help

May 28, 2007 10:27 PM

it worked great! but one last there anyway 2 make the pic in the caption bigger? i tried to get the propertie's URL on photobucket but it didnt work so i just used theirs. problem is i would prefer the picture to be bigger. possible?

May 29, 2007 4:48 PM

Yes, finally got it to work.
It wasn't working; and I was about to give up and then I was like let me read carefully through the directions one more time. I realized I was forgetting to add the rest of the filename!

Lu. ♥

May 31, 2007 7:28 AM

i did EVERYTHING you said to and it just shows up as a little box with a paper lookin thing thats cut in half. iunnoo but i just want a freakin picture in it!!!

Helpppp? ?

June 1, 2007 6:13 PM

I have read this thing at least 20 times and it's not working.

June 2, 2007 10:40 PM

i did EVERYTHING EXACTLY like it says and all i get is a little page looking thing thats been ripped in half...

like wtf?

June 4, 2007 8:42 AM

Up untill recently this worked fine any ideas why mine are not showing up now???????

June 7, 2007 11:49 PM

How do you resize the picture as well?

June 9, 2007 12:37 AM

I tried this, over and over. I get two dots, that is it, ive been to every website and tried to look it up, it all says the same thing, and its not working, since myspace has changed the way pictures upload and things [like the albums] it wont work anymore.
plz and thank you

June 17, 2007 10:23 PM

I did it all.

That's what I finally came out with.
But it shows up as a paper cut in half.
Please message me on myspace to help.
(If you can)


June 18, 2007 7:22 AM

okay so i tried this and it keeps telling me there is something wrong with tne nickname????????? wtf! what nick name!? i'm retty confused and rather annoyed since this seems to be working for everyone but me. i tried rereading your instructions as i went through this recopied the url to see if i made mistakes there and still can't seem to figure this out. ridiculous. =( help!

June 23, 2007 10:58 AM

i tried worked but when i looked at my pics there was justa box with a red X on it HELP PLEASE

June 23, 2007 2:24 PM

I got the two dots, too. I know what your problem is. When you look in the 'properties' box for the picture, if the filename is very long, the first HALF of the URL, starting with 'http' is in the middle of the box. The last half of the URL, ending in '.jpg' is completed at the top of the box. You must first copy the first half of the URL, then paste it in myspace, then copy the second half, and paste it in. NOTE!!! Some of the characters in the MIDDLE of the URL may be repeated! In other words, some of the last letters/numbers at the end of the first URL may be repeated in the second half. Be sure you do NOT repeat those characters!!! Example: Middle: http:blablabla/images/abcdef567 Top: 567stuvw.jpg Only use the '567' once! It should end up as http:blablabla/images/abcdef567stuvw.jpg Hope this helps. -J

June 25, 2007 2:34 PM

OK so i have had it working for a long time now. BUt now all i have is a red box in my captions AND when i try to snip the url it goes on about a nickname whats going on why is it not working any more???????

June 29, 2007 11:10 AM

ok ive done this like a bunch of times. and when i put it on the caption and i save it it has a little box with an x on it. like it hasnt loaded.??? what the crap. plzzz help me.!

July 10, 2007 9:35 AM

i also did this and got a little box with a red x in it.. what's going wrong!?

July 12, 2007 4:25 AM

this is the method i have been using
it has worked perfectly up until now.
all i am getting is a bow with a red x in the middle
i would appreciate some help

July 17, 2007 7:34 AM

omg!! i got it!! thank you!!

July 21, 2007 12:18 PM

I have done everything that this article says to do but when i copy and paste in the html all i get for a comment is the html and no pic. i have done it several different times and ways and i get the same thing. Why?

July 23, 2007 12:14 AM

i am using photobucket and there are 2 url areas...but everytime i use each one seperately they do not work. why??
how do i use myspace to get a url for a picture?

July 25, 2007 9:02 PM

i DONT get trying to put picture captions up and i have tried all u said but it doesnt work or im doing it so yea i need some help

August 1, 2007 11:21 AM

I tried both methods using the url and having it sniped and then adding the file name. I always get a picture icon which is torn in half. I couldn't figure out how to fix a corrupted picture and dont know if that is the problem please help.

August 6, 2007 11:57 PM

what happens when the picture is WAY too big!?!! how can i make it smaller

Leo A. Notenboom
August 7, 2007 10:29 AM

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Try this article:


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August 7, 2007 4:47 PM

I have been trying and trying and all i keep getting is a little box with a red x in it. What am i doing wrong?

August 11, 2007 10:43 AM

well okay.
i go to the website and
the website says this.
"System undergoing maintenance. All your snips will be active (you can click on them) but you cannot snip new ones for now."


i hate thsi
all i want is a pikkture as a pikkture comment
please help.

August 12, 2007 1:13 PM

i did everything this said but it still is too long. is there any other way to shorten it more? and do you actually use the " " around the url?

August 18, 2007 6:06 AM

my URL is still too long! after snip!!!!

August 21, 2007 12:36 AM

Hi..I tried this several would think I would know better seeing I did a cert 4 in I.T. last year(dont tell my teachers!)I found the usual prob I faced each time was, I left the " off each end...duhhh. It is now working beautifully..thanks to you I dont have to use Flockbucket again.

August 21, 2007 11:58 PM

ok, i tried everything and im STILL getting the dot's...i hate those dots

August 24, 2007 3:29 PM

follow carefully this and you can make it. :D
i already did it.. it works.. :D
1st put the URL without the name of the pic..snip it! and then add the name.. Example-> 12434.jpg
and remember to put the codes
Done.! :D

August 24, 2007 3:38 PM

the coode for the caption

August 31, 2007 10:10 PM

okay so the code ISNT to long but it still shows u as 2 dots. what is going on? how do i fix this?

September 1, 2007 6:54 PM

after snip it the url i think is still to long im am getting 4 periods when i put the new url in the myspace picture caption box. what should i do??

September 2, 2007 9:49 AM

it always says its copied to my clipboard and i cant find it

September 15, 2007 6:19 AM

I only get two dots and the url is tooo long and the sinpurl thingy doesnt work help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 9, 2007 1:30 PM

even after using the url snipping thing i continue to get the 2 dots. help?

October 9, 2007 11:01 PM

i keep getting the 2 dots.. i've done everything you said..

October 11, 2007 4:03 AM

thanks heaps after following this it worked perfectly.

October 11, 2007 1:44 PM

For those of you that tried but it didn't work.. try copying the LOCATION when you right click your desired photo and select "properties". Use that instead of the other URL

October 13, 2007 3:03 AM

So I did everything it said to do.
And it's not working.
Pleaseeee Helppp Meeee.

October 15, 2007 6:04 PM

HI. OK. Mine is still too long, the second half that you insert along with the new short URL is the long part... and i cannot find a "location" anywhere when I right click, or in the properties?

October 25, 2007 3:00 PM

omg!!!! i still dont kno how to do it!!!!!!!!!1 please help me!!!!!!!!!

November 26, 2007 9:47 AM

this is really annoying the crap out of me...i guess myspace has updated so much that it isnt possible to put an icon as your caption anymore because I've tried all of this bull crap they tell u to do online and NONE OF IT WORKS!

December 4, 2007 7:42 AM

well in my case it works perfect!
And i didn't separate the url.. i just copied the whole url into snipurl and it worked!!!
maybe it was a bug which is now fixed?

but anyway thx! 4 the hlp;D

December 14, 2007 5:31 PM

i didn't take out the file name - I copied the url from my pic which was uploaded to myspace. I dumped the entire thing into snipurl and came out with a shorter link. When I cut the file name and added it at the end - I came up with a piture of a dog! LOL

January 11, 2008 3:03 PM

It didn't work for me. After shortening it down, it fitted, yet still showed two dots in the caption. Help? =S

January 12, 2008 2:12 PM

im amazed..
this is a wonderful article.
but it would be better if it didn't come up as an X!

January 13, 2008 12:16 AM

I've redone it over and over and over again! not working!!!!!! I keep getting a box with red x and no picture! The URL thing is throwing me off completely! HELP! I am not computer smart

January 17, 2008 12:34 PM

It kinda seems like it works cuz I'm not getting the 2 dots anymore. I'm getting a X now lol...

Ivan bellman
January 22, 2008 5:23 AM

You Need
go there now!!!

January 23, 2008 2:37 PM

I have tried it all and none of it works. I have been doing this for about an hour and everything just doesnt work.

Francesca Cadena
February 3, 2008 4:39 PM

ya im jus getting a x and i used the exact url u gave as an example and it was a dog but when i do it...the x just comes up =[ plz help...

February 25, 2008 10:56 AM

ok i have tried everything and it still wont work =[ !!!! please help me x

April 22, 2008 9:42 PM

It worked with one picture i put on, but now i am trying to out on a picture i made with Paint, and the picture won't show. It will jst come up with an X.

April 26, 2008 7:40 AM

hayy....when i put the picture in and i get the pictre but the public view has the picture and thiss..... var captionID = ""; if (captionID.trim().length > 0) MySpace.Util.applyWBRToElement($get(captionID));

how do i et rid of that?

June 7, 2008 12:25 PM

omg i'm not computer literate to say the least i've tried all of these short cuts but none are helping do you have mypace tidbits for dummies especially with picture comments

June 13, 2008 7:09 PM worked for me, and I'm not good at this stuff at all. Just choose a size, and then once you've uploaded, use the HTML for Websites code in your comment on myspace. It starts like this

Christina Sheridan
August 24, 2008 7:54 AM

alright, well i've tried all of this but now i get to the shortening step and it won't let me but the url in the box so you can snip it. this is so frustrating. i'm not as good with computers as i thought i was. please helpy. thanks.

August 30, 2008 11:01 AM

wat i did is i used da other code [idk if its da same code] but yea i used dat code and instead of puttin da html code i put da direct link and it worked so u can try dat

October 30, 2008 11:37 PM

it doesnt work.
when i click 'save'
it shows up as a little
box with an 'x' in it.

February 4, 2009 7:46 PM

too bad so sad for everyone else bc I followed your instructions and came out successful. thank you so much for the site reference to snipurl also. it works great!

February 24, 2009 3:21 PM

i did exsactly what you told me to do and this red 'X' appears. I know you have lots of comments saying this but please help. Thanks.

Martin Sandbach
October 19, 2009 9:50 AM

This should help anyone who doesn't know how to upload pictures to a forum. I made a video with point and click instructions on how to do it. The link can be found here.

I also made a video on how to quickly and easily resize your photos before uploading. It can be found here.

October 17, 2010 11:38 AM

Hi, I like use Imagevenue but sometimes it fail,
now I have used and is very great.
Keep in touch.


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