Category : From the lab

Featuring hidden clips and tracks in your ThingLink images

Many ThingLink users have asked us about how to feature hidden tracks from YouTube and Soundcloud in ThingLink images. We’ve tweaked things a bit and made it really simple to tag image using clips and tracks that have been marked secret on YouTube and SoundCloud. Here’s how:

YOUTUBE

In this post by Google, they describe in detail how to unlist your clips on YouTube. Here’s the short version:

1. Sign into your YouTube Account

2. Click on your account name located in the top right of any page. Click on Video Manager from the expanded menu.

3. Choose the video you want to edit and click the Edit button below the video thumbnail.

4. Scroll down to the Basic Info tab and find the Privacy section.

5. You’ll see the option to make the video Public, Unlisted, or Private.

6. Select Unlisted. Make sure to click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

7. Copy the URL of your video

8. Paste the URL into ThingLink’s tag editor and you’re set to go.

After this, only the viewers seeing the interactive image will be able to see the unlisted video.

 

SOUNDCLOUD

Soundcloud has full instruction on how to make your tracks secret, but here’s the short story:

1. Create or select a track on SoundCloud.com.

2. Click the pen to edit the track’s preferences.

3. Scroll down to Settings and select Private. The default is Public. Now the track is hidden.

4. Click Save and go back to your track.

5. Click Share on your track and a dropdown menu will appear.

6. Copy the Secret link.

7. Paste it into ThingLink’s tag editor and you’re done.

Only the viewers seeing the interactive image will be able to listen to the hidden track.

Visit ThingLink to make your own.

 

 

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ThingLink Rich Media Tags: An overview

We’ve strived to make all content online embeddable on ThingLink images, ranging from streaming media to social profiles to any site enabled with Open Graph. We wish you to be positively surprised every time you drop a link into the image editor and discover that we support virtually all rich content from around the web. In the slide set below you’ll see many of our most popular Rich Media Tags. Head over to ThingLink and try it out for yourself.


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Introducing Image Discovery and Unlist Images

We have an important message for all ThingLink users about two new features we hope you love.

Starting Monday 21 May, we’re introducing image discovery on ThingLink by making is easier to find other images by each user.

When your ThingLink image is seen, we’ll also feature thumbnails of your other images. It’s how we’re making image discovery a click away. We’re also introducing a way for you to unlist an image you want to keep in draft mode.

 

Unlisting your images on ThingLink.com

You find the “Make image unlisted” feature in the image editor of your tagged images.

Checking the box unlists the image and no one will see it on ThingLink.com except for you and anyone who has the link. The image will of course still be visible on any other site that you may have tagged the image on.

Please unlist any images that you do not want to display on ThingLink.com by 21 May.

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Thrillcall and ThingLink Launch Ticket Sales Inside Photos

Enabling Artists and Promoters to Share Content and Drive Sales Through Interactive Images

Thrillcall, a live event discovery service with exclusive daily offers, and ThingLink, the interactive image leader in music and entertainment, today launched the Thrillcall rich media tag that lets concert ticket buyers locate and purchase tickets through interactive images. When a user hovers on a picture of an artist or upcoming show, they can easily click through to purchase tickets or share with their friends, eliminating friction between brand experience and purchase.

“It’s now a lot easier to find out about shows, but getting people in the door is still a challenge,” said Matthew Tomaszewicz, Thrillcall co-founder. “We are trying to solve this by using our technology to create new ways for venues, artists and event promoters to get more people to the show and build a closer connection to music fans.”

Event promoters can now drive ticket sales by adding the Thrillcall rich media tag to images on Facebook and across the Web. This also extends the connection with fans by enabling anyone to share or embed the interactive images on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, via email and anywhere online.

ThingLink CMO Neil Vineberg added, “Images remain the most effective way for event promoters, record labels and music artists to attract audiences to events. By adding a Thrillcall tag inside images, ticket sales can now occur where audio, video players and social links already engage consumers in the artist experience.”

The Thrillcall/ThingLink tag features the latest three upcoming shows for any artist with a link back to that artist’s page on Thrillcall, where they can purchase tickets.

 

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Brand new features: Import your images from Facebook and tag them with Instagram photos

The big news about Facebook buying Instagram for a cool billion dollars got us quickly working on two new updates: Importing images from Facebook and then tagging them with Instagram images. We’re happy to announce that both are now live. Check out the image below for a few shots of people hard at work at our office.

 

 

Importing images from Facebook

So how do you get started? If you’re a new user, you’ll need to sign up. You will be prompted to upload or import images from Facebook or Flickr. Choose Facebook and sign into your account.

First you’ll see all your albums listed so click on the one you want to select images from. In the album, select one or several images and click “Import selected images”. All images will be imported to ThingLink and you’ll be able to tag them. If you only selected one image, the tag editor will automatically open.

 

Tagging with Instagram

Yes, you’re now able to tag images with your and other people’s Instagram photos. Since Instagram offers limited image browsing on their web version of the service it’s better that you use Gramfeed, Statigram or Webstagram to find interesting photos in their network. Just log in and grab the URL of any Instagram image. The URL needs to look like this – http://instagr.am/p/JwvlfkFtOV/, starting with http://instagr.am and followed by a unique number-letter series. Paste the URL into the tag editor’s link field and you’re set!

 

Wait, there’s more!

We have also released support for ThingLink image tagging, which means that you can tag ThingLink images with other ThingLink images. This makes it possible to create chains of tagged images for other users to explore. You’re able to create ThingLink image tags from any other ThingLink user’s tagged images.

Additionally, we’ve updated our tagging editor so that you can now easily share the image straight to Facebook’s Timeline once you’ve tagged it. Enable Facebook sharing from the editor by clicking “Activate sharing” and logging in. Check or uncheck the sharing option and click save. It couldn’t be easier than that.

 

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ThingLink Enables Publishers with Open Graph Smart Tags

We’ve launched Open Graph Smart Tags, enabling publishers of newspapers, magazines and blogs to feature content as rich media tags on ThingLink interactive images. For web sites using Open Graph, ThingLink Smart Tags automatically convey a story post with a post title, image and source.

ThingLink Smart Tags enable a rich expression of links from many of the world’s leading publications and blogs, including Women’s Day, “O” Oprah, Time, Harper’s Bazaar, Better Homes and Gardens, Self, New York Times, Huffington Post, GigaOm, Mashable, TechCrunch, and TheNextWeb.

ThingLink CTO Janne Jalkanen said, “By introducing Open Graph Smart Tags, ThingLink is enabling publishers to visually convey links to content inside ThingLink images with no special coding or programming required.”

ThingLink also enables advertisers, brands, bands, media agencies and publishers to customize branded tags with a wide variety of functionality at ThingLink.com/developer.

Here are exemples of what  ThingLink Open Graph Smart Tags look like with links from different online publishers.

Sign up for an account by visiting ThingLink.com

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ThingLink introduces Tumblr share

Tumblr: more addictive than crack? Discuss. Or, just spend hours browsing the photos and thoughts of urban tech and media folk and teenagers. There are fashion Tumblrs to drive home just how underdressed you are, and a-day-in-the-life-of-my-kitten Tumblrs to waste hours and hours of productivity.

And now, it can all be ThingLinked. Moar content! More fun! Who needs sleep?

Yes, ThingLink now offers sharing to Twitter, Facebook AND Tumblr on all ThingLinked images. Users could, of course, post ThingLinked images to Tumblr before we made this change — but now the sharing is automated.

 

Take for example this Soundcloud Heroes post originally posted on their blog. It’s easily sharable to Tumblr. Try it out yourself  on the embedded image below.

We’ve also made it easier to reblog images on Tumblr — when you reblog a ThingLinked image in Tumblr, it is now reblogged with the tags intact.

 

And the tagged image can now also be viewed in your Dashboard — you only need to click the Play button to see the interactive image.

 

If all that wasn’t enough, those of you who love to look at your Tumblr pages in Flipboard will be happy to know that ThingLinked images also work in Flipboard. There’s no excuse not to start posting and reblogging ThingLinked images in the hottest micro-blogging platform around!

Watch this video of one of our awesome employees, Thomas, showing off how great ThingLinked images look in Flipboard:

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Connect with ThingLink

We launched our developer program quietly a few months ago. The Thinglink SDK, as you could call it, allows you to create your own Rich Media Tags simply and make them available to all Thinglink users.

Today we’re doing a couple of major improvements to our developer offering. First, we’re allowing the tags you create to be sticky, i.e. the tags can have a close button and they won’t go away when the user moves the mouse out of the tag. This is especially useful if you developed a video player or a similar application.

Example

<script type=”text/javascript”

src=”//www.thinglink.com/jse/thinglink.js”></script>

<script>

thinglink.setSticky(true);

</script>

 

Check out the deeper documentation at http://www.thinglink.com/help/Thinglink%20Javascript%20Library

Second, we released a Developer Preview of Thinglink Connect. Thinglink Connect is a simple library which makes it very easy to add Thinglink to any platform. It uses the industry standard OAuth2 –specification (or at least a very close approximation of revision -16 of it.)

 

Here’s an example how you would use it e.g. with JQuery 

<script src=”//www.thinglink.com/jse/tlconnect.js”></script>

<script>

TLC.init({

client:'[YOUR CLIENT ID]’,

user: ‘[ANY USER ID]’,

isOwner: true,

redirectUri: ‘http://mysite.com/thinglink/redirecturi.html’

});

</script>

<div class=”thinglinkConnect”></div>

 

First, we load the tlconnect.js script. In this case, we do it synchronously. Second, we initialize the TLC object which is created by the tlconnect.js script. We put in the client id (which you can get from your Developer page on www.thinglink.com/developer) , an user ID (which is an opaque string from you), the isOwner parameter specifying that yes, the user currently logged in on your site is also the person responsible for editing this site. Then, finally the OAuth2 –specified redirect URI.

Third, we add just a simple DIV which is replaced by TLC.init() with a nice little “Thinglink Connect” icon if the user isn’t yet logged in.

Check out the full documentation at http://www.thinglink.com/help/Developer. There are a lot more options, functions and tweakeroos available to ease your integration.  Please remember that this is a developer preview, so things might still be changing around a bit. If you want to influence the library and the API, now’s the time. We welcome comments at http://support.thinglink.com.

Oh yeah, and I almost forgot: we now support oEmbed on all of our image pages. It’s a quick hack, but let us know if you’re finding it useful. This should make it far easier to embed Thinglinked images if your platform supports the oEmbed standard.

ThingLink CTO Janne Jalkanen, @ecyrd

 

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Real Estate Agents – 5 Steps To Creating a Web Page On Facebook

With more than a billion people, Facebook is the community of choice for communicating and sharing with friends and customers. A new interactive image tool – ThinkLink Tabs for Facebook – makes it easier than ever for realtors to engage effectively with home buyers and renters.

Why should realtors be on Facebook?

Marketing expert Laura M. Donovan explains,”94% of businesses are using Social Media to Market. Are you still in the 6%? If you are – you are missing a great opportunity to really get your business, service and brand out to a large group of people, translating into more revenue for your company.

Broker/Owner Michael Byrd of SLO HomeStore.com, adds: “There are a lot more people on Facebook every day than visit my site in a year. As an Exclusive Buyers Broker I have no listings with which to stimulate inquiries so, simply put, I have to go where the people are.”

Here are five steps for creating a powerful real estate sales / rental Page on Facebook using ThingLink Tabs.

 

1. Take a Screen Shot of your Home Page

A screen shot, also called a screen grab, is a quick way to capture an image you’ll need to tag for your Facebook page.

On a Mac – Use Command-Shift-3.

On a PC – Use the “Print Screen” button (may also be labeled “Prt Sc”, “Prnt Scrn”, “Print Scrn”, or similar).

 

2. Edit the Screen Shot

Edit your screen shot so it looks like your web page.

On a Mac – Open the screen shot using the PREVIEW app. Grab the part of the image that you want to appear on Facebook.

On a PC use any image editor and grab the part of the image that you want to appear in Facebook.

Here is the SLO Homestore.com page.

“I improvised by printing the page as a .pdf, converted it to .jpg then cropped it to look like a screen shot,” added Byrd.

Here’s the website image:

 

And here is how that page looks on Facebook.

Notice how Michael tagged key part of this image with links to his main website. ThingLink Tabs is your tool for adding links and posting the image to your Facebook page.

 

3. Import the image into your ThingLink account.

Sign up a free ThingLink account. Import your an image into ThingLink following the instructions at the site.

 

4. Tag the image.

ThingLink Tabs is an easy way for realtors to share content inside one image on a Facebook page. ThingLink features an interactive photo editor that lets realtors add tags to any photo. ThingLink’s exclusive Rich Media Tags feature popular media players and apps — from YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Google Maps, Spotify, FlickR, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, iTunes, Etsy, Mailchimp and FanBridge. Realtors can also create links inside images to anywhere on the Internet.

Byrd added, “ThingLink allowed me to create and post a tutorial for the most important functions of my home page. More importantly, it allowed me to make all of those functions directly accessible from one place on Facebook. I have other tabs, but they just lead to a single function compared to the ThingLink tab that provides nine specific functions. To my way of thinking, that is a very big deal.”

 

5. Post the Image on Facebook

Your image can be posted to your Facebook page with a few clicks of the mouse. Inside the ThingLink editor, simply click “Create a Tab on Facebook” and your image with its links will be transferred to your Facebook page.

ThingLink images are shareable with one click to Twitter, Facebook and email, and embeddable (like YouTube videos) into any blog or website. Every account includes metrics so realtors can monitor engagement. No programming experience is required and interactive images can be created and sent to Facebook in minutes.

ThingLink images are compatible with all websites, and can also be published and edited on any Tumblr, Blogger, and WordPress.org blog.

For more information visit ThingLink.com.

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How to create an interactive ThingLink App for your Facebook Page

Engaging your audience on Facebook with ThingLink images is now easier than ever. We’ve built a feature that smoothly exports the image you choose to be featured as a ThingLink App on your Facebook page. This tutorial that takes your through the process as well as instructs you how to remove your app.

Start by tagging an image. Remember that you can upload an image to ThingLink, import an image from Facebook or Flickr or use any image URL.

After you’ve tagged the image, you will have the option of creating a ThingLink App on Facebook. Click the Share button, that you find above the comment field next to the image, and click the Facebook option furthest to the left.

 

Having begun the process, you have the option of seeing how the image would preview on a Facebook page, or to proceed. If your image is small, we center the image, and if your image is wide, we scale it down to fit. It’s always a good idea to preview your work to avoid confusion at a later stage. Remember that your image can be 810 pixels wide with Facebook’s new format, allowing for a lot of tag exploration.

 

If you are doing this process for the first time, regardless of if you logged in with an email address or your Facebook account, you need to enter your Facebook account again. At this stage, we verify the pages to which you have admin rights and provide you with a list of them. As you can see from the image, it is possible to also overwrite an old image for a page. There is no limit for how many times you can overwrite a ThingLink App.

 

Give your App a name. It’s by default called ThingLink, but you’re free to name it however you want.

 

Bravo, you should have your ThingLink App up and running. Go and see how it looks!

If you want to change the icon of your ThingLink App, you can find Facebook’s instructions for it here.

 

Your apps appear on the top navigation bar. To ensure maximum visibility for your ThingLink App, you should feature it visibly as one of the first three apps. If you for any reason want to remove your App, this is how.¨

 

Uninstalling your ThingLink App on Facebook

 

 

To delete the app, click the little arrow on the right. This opens the editing options for your entire layout.

 

To delete the app, click the editing tool and choose Uninstall App from the drop down menu.

 

With your free ThingLink account you can create an unlimited amount of ThingLink Apps on Facebook, with a small bit of ThingLink branding.

Start creating now!

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