Try ThingLink yourself and add sound, videos and social profiles to these images

Everybody should get a chance to try how ThingLink and Rich Media Tags work together. That is why we left a couple of photos taken by ThingLink’s team members open for you to tag. No strings attached. Consider it a test drive before signing up.

You tag by hovering the image and selecting “Edit tags” from the top left corner. Why not start by selecting a tune from SoundCloud, or video from YouTube or a Twitter profile and placing it in the link field in the tag. What kind of media association do the images bring to mind and what tags and links could give it another dimension?

Once you’ve tagged the image you’ll be able to share it through Twitter, Facebook and email. You can also choose to embed it wherever you like. Get busy!

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ThingLink and SoundCloud Announce Innovative Collaboration of Technologies

San Francisco, March 8, 2011 ThingLink, the provider of image interaction tools, and SoundCloud, the fast-growing audio platform, today announced an innovative collaboration of technologies that enables anyone to add sound and music directly to their images.  For the first time, it is possible to link a SoundCloud waveform player to any photo or picture, thereby connecting the subject to sounds, music and effects, voice annotations and narrations.

This collaboration means that SoundCloud’s more than three million registered audio creators will be able to bring additional context, interactivity and meaning to both their sounds and the images that inspire them; whether it’s to a promotional flyer, a memorable photograph or an album cover artwork.  By simply scrolling over the uploaded image, a series of ‘hotspots’ appear, each one linking to a sound that can be played directly from within the picture. By using Thinglink, users can also include links to social networks, blogs, news and commerce web sites, as well as email.

“Images and sound are a natural combination and really compliment each other,” said Ulla-Maaria Engeström, ThingLink CEO.  “Context invites clicks, and sound adds a new dimension to images, be it fan shots, fashion photos, or family albums.”

 

Alexander Ljung, founder and CEO of SoundCloud said, “This simple concept of linking sound to the images that are meaningful to you opens up endless opportunities to audio creators. Not only will it change the way artists promote themselves, their music and their live shows, but it will also allow people to add narrative to their holiday snaps, verbal descriptions to their designs or funny soundbites to their illustrations.”

An example of how this new collaboration of technologies is already being embraced, includes: Paper Garden Records, a NY-based record company and music promoter, who has created an interactive flyer for their bands at SXSW. They use ThingLink tags to link the flyer to their music samples on SoundCloud, as well as website, party venue, Facebook page and sponsors. When flyers are shared onwards via Facebook, Twitter and email, the interactive hotspots follow and bring traffic back to Paper Garden Record’s website. Further sound-filled images, including Moby, Beck and The Smashing Pumpkins, can be viewed at gallery.thinglink.com

 

Want to add your sounds to your website’s images? The process is quick and easy:

  1. Set up a free account at ThingLink.com and Soundcloud.com.
  2. Install a few lines of ThingLink javascript on your website or blog
  3. When you input a SoundCloud URL into a tag’s link field, a player appears in your tag.  Click it and it starts playing the track in the background

For more information, or to sign-up for FREE, please visit ThingLink.com and SoundCloud.com

About ThingLink

ThingLink, launched in 2008 by Ulla Engeström, develops tools for image interaction that allow content sharing via online images. ThingLink technology changes the way people interact with photos by transforming them into a surface for advertising, commerce, entertainment, search and social connection.  Brands, publishers and bloggers utilize ThingLink in their images to share links, drive traffic, and set up image-based advertising campaigns.

About SoundCloud

SoundCloud, launched in 2008 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, is an audio platform that enables anyone to create, record, promote and share their sounds on the web, in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way.  SoundCloud allows sound creators to instantly record audio; upload large files; share them publicly and privately; embed sound across websites and blogs; receive detailed analytics, plus feedback from the community directly onto their waveform player.

For more information, please contact:

  • Neil Vineberg (ThingLink)
    631-377-1494
    Email: neil (a)ThingLink.com
  • Alice Regester (SoundCloud)
    +44 7758 834 646
    Email: alice(a)soundcloud.com
  • Christopher Buttner (Vineberg Communications)
    415-233-7350
    Email: chris (a)vinebergcommunications.com
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At your service: ThingLink’s new community support

First of all: thanks for all the good questions we have received by email in the past months! To make sharing questions and answers easier, ThingLink now has community support on Get Satisfaction.  Our community page allows you to post service- and feature-related questions and comments to us directly, and check how other questions have been answered.

You don’t have to create an account to post your questions. However, by creating an account you can get updates on when your question was answered, and you too will be able to answer questions.

Just hover on the image below to see some of the features that the community forum offers:

 

 

Looking forward to see you on the ThingLink community page!

 

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New this week: Email sharing and improved Facebook sharing

As we announced a few weeks ago ThingLink allows you to easily share your tagged images on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks to our active community,  we noticed soon that the Facebook sharing is not working as smoothly as it could, because the thumbnail that appeared besides the shared link on FB seemed to be any random image from the same page – and not necessarily the one indicated in the link.

To solve this, we built our own Facebook application that shows the shared image in the wall post. You can also add your own comment above the image.

 

We also added our sharing panel one of the most common ways of communicating: email. Email sharing allows longer messages and serves those who prefer not to comment images via Twitter or Facebook.

ThingLink is nicely on a roll and we are developing new feature ideas daily. Remember to let us know what features would be useful to you, and what you would like to improve. Also, we are always happy to hear what you think about our existing features so please visit our community forum and have your say or send it to info@thinglink.com.

 

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Kalle Aaltonen joins Thinglink

Kalle Aaltonen joins Thinglink as senior software engineer. We simply had to hire him because he solved our merciless programming try out faster than anyone before.

Kalle was previously working at Accenture, and he has fours years of experience from startup life at Whitevector. Kalle’s interests include building scalable distributed systems, information retrieval and Java. His thesis work on how mutation testing could apply to computer science education was published in ACM SPLASH.

Welcome to the team, Kalle.

Climbing mountains is Kalle’s passion and he likes uphill battles in tough terrain. Kalle is also a vegetarian, which means a majority of the Thinglink team members are now vegetarians!

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The winner of the ThingLink sticker challenge is…

Two weeks ago we launched the ThingLink sticker challenge. We received some but not a lot of contributions and the competition has now come to an end.

ThingLink can happily pronounce the winner of the Sticker Challenge to be… (drumroll please)

Karri Saarinen and Jori Lallo with their minimalistic design that you can tag by writing on it. Karri’s and Jori’s design received 1569 views, 1150 hovers, or mousings as we like to call it, and 1127 clicks, which makes for a whopping 75 % CTR level. The fact that the tagged image didn’t have any links is a different matter.

The design will be printed and used to tag physical objects, starting with ThingLink’s laptops.

We congratulate the winner and thank all of the other participants and voters. An iPad is on its way to Karri and Jori.

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Thinglink at the Stockholm Furniture Fair

Thinglink is attending the Stockholm Furniture Fair for the very first time. We are impressed by the international atmosphere and we have talked to people at publishing houses and brands that we didn’t even know were going to be here. Thank you to all who have taken in interest in us and given us solid advice on how we can improve the tagging tool. We are especially happy to hear that many will start using Thinglink and we added some photos with tags from the fair to give you an example of what you can do:

Visit ThingLink to find out how you can start using ThingLink on your site.

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Thinglink Adds In-Image Links to Artek Open Archives

Thinglink is collaborating with The Scandinavian design house Artek to add interactive, in-image links to historical images in the Artek Open Archives. The project is aimed at building Artek’s online community and driving user engagement.

Artek has an exceptionally rich image database depicting interiors, exhibitions, installations, and diverse projects dating from 1935 to now. Artek has now made these images accessible to everybody in the Artek Open Archives, an image database showcasing past and present Artek interiors from around the world.

“Our collaboration with Artek is an example of transforming a rich, historical image archives into a fun interactive viewing experience with social features that are also benefit the business,” said Thinglink CEO Ulla-Maaria Engeström.

Thinglink image interaction technology in the Artek Open Archives will enable these features:

In-image tags as points of navigation
Images will feature interactive Thinglink in-image tags – interactive hotspots that reveal contextual information about the venue and time period as well as more detailed product information.

Easy sharing
Thinglink will make images shareable in two ways: anyone can share a favorite image via Twitter and Facebook, and bloggers can freely copy an image (in the interactive format with tags) and use it in a blog post.

Image statistics
Thinglink will provide real-time statistics on user interaction with images.

The Artek Open Archives will be launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair on Tuesday February 8th at the Artek display A10:30. Visit Artek Open Archives online to see it for yourself.

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Feature release: FB and Twitter share on a shiny new UI

This week’s special includes a shiny new editor UI that features Facebook and Twitter sharing. While previously the image editor was hidden behind the little dot icon in the upper left corner, it now appears on the image together with share and embed options.


Image: Dangerous Crafts

This is how it works: Move your mouse over the image.
– If it is your image (and you are logged in), click the edit tags to edit and reposition tags.
– Click share image to share your favorite images on Facebook or Twitter.
– Click embed image to copy the image with tags.

Let us know how the sharing is working for you! Are your friends retweeting your images? At least in this case, it is easy to monitor — just take a look at your statistics!

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Which sticker design deserves an iPad?

Rats. We didn’t get hundreds of submissions for the Thinglink Sticker Challenge, so perhaps we take Bruce’s advice and won’t try this again. Anyway, the great news for those who took the challenge is that they have less competition in their fight for the iPad! Who do you think deserves it? Just mouseover your favorite and your vote is counted!










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