Category : From the lab

ThingLink Launches Copy and Paste for Tags

How many times have you wanted to take the tags from one image and place them on another?

 

Many users upload several images and want to use the same tags on each one – a twitter and facebook tag, purchase links etc.

Until now, you had to manually create a new tag on each image.

 

Now you can simply COPY and PASTE tags from one image onto another. Keep in mind that you must have access to both images in your channel.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to edit the image you would like to copy tags from.
  2. Inside the Editor right click anywhere on the image.
  3. Choose from the menu “Copy X tags”.
  4. Now go to edit the image you would like to paste the copied tags to.
  5. Right click on the image and select “Paste X tags”.
  6. Voilà! Now you have tags copied from one interactive image to another.

 

Questions? Write to support @ ThingLink.com

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Introducing interactive lessons on Edmodo

ThingLink allows you to create interactive images enriched with video, sounds, music and more. Now you can also share them on Edmodo to teach, inspire and entertain students as well as teachers. With only a few clicks, you can embed live interactive images on Edmodo for everyone to engage with and learn from. Here are our step by step instructions and you can also watch the video or click through the slide set below.

Here goes:

1. Sign up for ThingLink. It only takes a minute and you can do it with your Facebook, Twitter or email account.

2. Make an interactive image of your own or pick one from the thousands of images that have already been created with ThingLink by using our search function.

3. Click on Share image in the top left corner of any image and select Edmodo. You will see an embed script. Click on “Copy to clipboard”.

    

4. Log in to your Edmodo account. Create a new post and add a link to it.

5. Paste in the iframe code to the field that says http://or<embed>

6. Give the attachment a title and click Attach

7. Fill in the empty fields and click Send

8. Your live interactive image will now show up in your posts and it can be opened and closed by clicking the attachment icon.

 

There are lots of interactive images on ThingLink that you can use for your lessons. Check out these resources:

Discover a treasure trove of innovative ideas and support for using interactive graphics for teaching and learning at the ThingLink Toolkit for Teachers.

 

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Smoking new features: Pinning and Google+ sharing, shorter nicknames and rich commenting

Hi folks! We have a fabulous update for you containing pinning and Google+ sharing, shorter nicknames and rich commenting.

More share options

We improved our sharing options and you can now share any ThingLink image to  Google+ and Pin it to Pinterest. Share your cool images with your friends with one click.

We did another thing as well – if your browser language is set to Russian, you will see a VKontakte sharing button and if it’s set to Chinese you will see Renren and Sina Weibo sharing options. Did you also know that ThingLink features language regionalization for sharing and many other features and it’s accessible by any user who has set their preferred language in their browser.

Three letter nicknames

Listen up all people named Bob, Eve, Amy or Lou and any company with a three letter abbreviation. Hurry up since we now allow you to create three letter nicknames and they’re flying off the shelf. Have you checked if your nickname is already taken?

 

Rich commenting on ThingLink.com

This last one is really cool. You know how you dread clicking links because it takes you somewhere else and you know it’s going to take ages for it to load. Well, comments on ThingLink.com are now treated as our Rich Media Tags, which means that whenever you hover over a link in a comment we will show you that link as a Rich Media Tag. The link can stream music or videos, feature commercial links or highlight social profiles. Go crazy with it.

 

 

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The ThingLink Twitter Card – How does it work?

This week we released our ThingLink Twitter Card, which allows anyone to browse the live tags in ThingLink interactive images inside a Tweet at  Twitter.com.

You can now create an image on ThingLink with in-image links to video and sound players, share it on Twitter, touch the image and interact with the links without having to leave Twitter.  This innovation opens up for new opportunities for personal expression as well as marketing opportunities for businesses and brands.

ThingLink and Twitter – How to set it up

Now if you haven’t already signed up for ThingLink, do it now. We’ll wait, it only takes 30 seconds.

Then upload or import an image and tag it with any of our supported rich media tags, which you can see in the presentation below:

 

Share the interactive image on Twitter by clicking “Share” or “Tweet” on top of the image or right clicking the image and selecting “Share image”.

 

Any user seeing the tweet can now browse the live tags on Twitter without having to leave the image. Click “View Media” and the interactive image opens up.  The image is also viewable by clicking the date/time stamp on the Tweet and the status update version of the Tweet will appear with the image and interactivity.

 

The image must be shared from ThingLink.com to be viewable inside Twitter.  We also suggest that you set up your own channel on ThingLink to allow for people to easily find other interactive images that you’ve created.

NOTE:  Twitter is still testing Twitter Cards with certain users/sessions. The ThingLink-Twitter integration works on ThingLink.com, Twitter’s mobile client and Tweetdeck’s web version. Hopefully it will work on third party clients in the future.

 

Tips & Tricks

Twitter will scale down any image that you share from ThingLink.com to 280 or 560 pixels on mobile and 435 pixels on desktop. That means that any messages in the image should be written in larger text and be more prominent for users to quickly see them. It also means that it’s better to use vertical images since the height of the image is not restricted.

 

BONUS!

We’ve implemented another fun feature for the Twitter Card. If there are Twitter tags in the image, we will detect them and automatically mention the users when you share the image on Twitter. That way the users in the image will be notified of it whenever the image is shared by you or anyone else. Check out this Twitter example below:

 

Visit ThingLink now to create your own account! 

Read more about ThingLink and Twitter @ Mashable and TheNextWeb.

Read What ThingLink’s Interactive Tweets Mean for BrandsSimplyZesty.

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ThingLink images are now interactive on Twitter.com

We’ve created our very own Twitter card! You can now experience ThingLink images directly on your Twitter page! This means that every time you share a scene on ThingLink to Twitter, the interactive image will show up live in Twitter’s stream. Isn’t that cool! It allows you to show your highlighted party pics or display products directly to your Twitter followers.

But… how does it work? The image below explains it:

 

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A sparkling new ThingLink feature roundup

Hi folks. We hope you’re enjoying the new site. We’re hard at work making sure that the everything runs smoothly and that you have a excellent time creating and discovering new content with ThingLink. On top of that we’ve found time to develop a number of new features which we know you’ll like.

 

Unlimited More ThingLink Apps for Facebook

First off, if you’re a ThingLink user, you now have access to unlimited more ThingLink Apps on Facebook. It’s our way of saying we love our users. Check out our business page to find out how to get even more out of ThingLink.

 

Some users have had trouble finding the ThingLink App button since we redesigned the site but it’s definitely there. Look for Share above your image and click it. The symbol furthest to the left is your ThingLink App for Facebook button. Click it and you’re on your way.

 

Grab your personal customized vanity URL

Nicknames are now available to everyone. That means that instead of having a long technical profile URL such as http://www.thinglink.com/user/129489423384444929, you can now choose one such as http://www.thinglink.com/mostawesomedudeever.

Go to your settings and create one before it gets taken. I checked – http://www.thinglink.com/mostawesomedudeever is still available.

 

New and updated Image Tags!

We have significantly improved our SoundCloud tag and it’s better than ever. The same goes for the new Spotify and Rdio tags that allow you to feature virtually any song on your images.

The best new Image Tag is however our ThingLink tag. This tag allows you to take any user profile on ThingLink and tag it on any image effectively making profile tagging on images possible anywhere online. The tag also features new images by that user so you know what she or he has created. Clicking on them takes you back to ThingLink.com to see the image live with what it’s been tagged with.

Check them out by hovering the image below!

 

The technical stuff

We’ve updated our servers to make everything run much faster when browsing images on ThingLink.com and on any other site. If you ThingLink enabled your site or blog with the use of our embed code, we recommend that you update it with the new one.

You can find your personal code here. No worries if you don’t, your site will still work smoothly.

 

That’s the beef on our new features this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch and we’ll help you out.

 

 

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Everyday life in a startup

It is fun to work in a startup.

Today, local Finnish television came to shoot an interview of our CEO and a quick view of our team.

We enjoyed their visit and tried to look our best!

 

 

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Forbes Partners with ThingLink for the first-ever Forbes 400 Interactive Magazine Cover and Infographic

Forbes.com and Thinglink today launched an interactive infographic for the Forbes 400 that lets viewers touch and discover the philanthropic efforts of 12 of the most philanthropic entrepreneurs of our time through embedded audio, video and rich media, including Bill and Melinda Gates, David Rubenstein, Jon Bon Jovi, Leon Black, Marc Benioff, Marc and Laura Andreesen, Oprah Winfrey, Peter Peterson, Steve Case and Warren Buffett.

This historic Forbes 400 cover image, also featured in the Infographic, was taken at the inaugural Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, which brought together 150 billionaires and near-billionaires – including Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Case, Alex Rodriguez, Jon Bon Jovi and Martha Stewart – to discuss ways to solve some of the most pressing issues of our time. The results of the Summit will be featured in the forthcoming Forbes 400 issue.

Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world’s business and investment leaders.

ThingLink is the largest interactive image network for business and consumers.

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ThingLink and WTF Helsinki Launch Interactive Book for iPad

ThingLink, the largest interactive image community for businesses and consumers, and Helsinki-based advertising agency WTF Helsinki, today announced the launch of an interactive book player for iPad powered by ThingLink.

The book, called Finnish Design Thinking, features 52 Finnish companies within design and technology. The iPad version of the book, powered by ThingLink, features interactive images with branded content, links and videos presenting contextual content on the topic.

”The consumption of the web is moving to mobile and we are pleased to work with WTF Helsinki on an interactive book that combines image viewing with a touch-based browsing experience,” said ThingLink CEO Ulla Engeström.

“The ability to touch and discover content inside ThingLink interactive images delivers a more compelling consumer experience around images that drives engagement and a stronger sense of a brand,” says Pauliina Savolainen – CEO, WTF Helsinki.

 

About WTF Helsinki

‘WTF Helsinki is a creative agency currently operating in Finland and the Baltic region. Our state of mind empowers to define and design new concepts while challenging existing idea. WTF Helsinki is idea driven rather than industry specific, and our customer base incorporates both ends of the business spectrum – from the Baltic’s biggest hotel chain to a small potato farm in Vuojalahti, Finland. We firmly believe that everyone is unique and find divergence a positive attribute that can help a company excel in its field. While we operate out of Helsinki and Tallinn, the world is our playing field’. -Pauliina Savolainen –

www.wtfhelsinki.fi

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ThingLink unveils image icons for creative storytelling

 

We at ThingLink are all about fun and creative ways to tell and discover stories.  As much as we love black and white dots, we decided it was time to give you something more to play with. To your delight and inspiration, we are now introducing new image icons that will make tagging so much fun! There are birds, hearts, triangles, question marks, and this is only the beginning! See the new image icons used for the history of London’s subway and in this cool family photo.

Check out the new icons and make something fun!

 

Suggest new tag icons!

What symbols, colors, or shapes would you like to use to tag your images? Tell us and we will listen. Send your idea to social@thinglink.com, and our designer Palash will work hard to deliver new sets for you. Tell us about the icon you want to see!

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