Now you can really make your images work for you – and for your friends! The new ThingLink Twitter tag lets you tag people in images with their Twitter account. What a neat way to know more about the person in the photo and get social!
Think about all the portrait/promotional/conference/seminar/party/any other photos that people like to browse after an event. You can remember faces, yeah, that was an interesting person but what was her name? With our new Twitter tag, you can enable Twitter-follow right from your images.
How does it work?
1) Make sure you have signed up and added the ThingLink tagging tool on your site,
2) Copy-paste a Twitter profile url into the ThingLink tag editor, and you’re done! The person’s name, profile image, and a follow option appears on your image.
The feature is automatically activated for all users and you’ll see the result immediately. Naturally ThingLink also makes all existing Twitter tags interactive, so there is no need to update them.
Here we are:
Image credit: Kai Widell
What we think is cool is that you can also leave your images open for people to tag themselves. This is handy if you you don’t know who the people in the images are or if you for example want to identify people in historic photographs (we were surprised to notice that several historical persons are still tweeting). Anyhow, here is an other example: organizers (not all of them) of the recent Summit at Sea conference.
Image credit: Elliot Bisnow
This week’s feature release enables collaborative editing of tagged images for entire websites. The idea for this feature came from Julio Castillo who runs an image sharing website 7DayPic. As the name indicates, the service lets you host and share images for 7 days. One day Julio emailed us and asked: “I have an image-hosting service, and would like to try enabling ThingLink tagging for my users. Is that possible?”
We thought this was a great idea, and a first step towards enabling image tagging for community sites. In this release the feature appears in its simplest form: upload an image, tag it with ThingLink’s in-image tags and share it with the world.
Examples of use cases:
1) party/event images
Share photos of your party and invite your friends to tag them. Who is in the picture? What is happening? Who is wearing what? Don’t worry, these image will not be around forever!
2) short-term campaigns
Creating a 7-day campaign site has never been this easy! Just upload your image to 7DayPic, tag it and share it. This can be used for a conference, product launch or a music event.
A biology home assignment for 5th grade students: identify plants using digital image archives.
Try it out for yourself by using one of the many apps that 7DayPic features. Be creative, crazy and wild. Remember that the images only last seven days.
Keeping track of your image tag statistics just got a lot easier. We just released a weekly update email feature, which will show our users how their images are doing and provide tips on how to increase the amount of people hovering and clicking the image tags.
The feature is an opt in service and you find the checkbox in your account preferences.
In order to provide our users with comparable statistics over a longer period of time we will release the update once every Monday. This makes it easier for users to follow the trend of the images and decide on how to turn possible negative curves into positive ones and gain even more clicks. The weekly update also includes tips on how to tag your images and news on new features we constantly develop to help your master image tagging.
Naturally, ThingLink’s dashboard will provide all users with realtime statistics in the future as well but the email update is another way of keeping track of how your image tags are doing. Remember, in order to receive the statistics update you need to opt in in your account preferences but that’s all. We’ll handle the rest.
Please let us know what you think of the weekly update by commenting on this post or on our support forum.