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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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!
For the past six months we have had the chance to observe publishers signing up to Thinglink and starting to use in-image tags in their photos.
The most exciting has been to witness how fast readers adapt to viewing and clicking in image tags. The fast adaption, we claim, shows in the level of CTRs (clickthrough rates), which is mind-blowing to any conversion-oriented marketer.
But even among the generally high CTRs, there are some images that simply excel. So, what makes people click in-image tags?
One answer seems to be: collages. Here are two examples of a very inspirational use of Thinglink that invite people to explore — and who do that successfully.
We challenge you to get an even higher CTR score. Create your own free Thinglink account today at Thinglink.com.
Nelonen works with visual media and images are a crucial part of the structure of their site. Tagging the images doesn’t only make their user stay longer but it also allows for the creators and the publisher to tell more about the content in an engaging way leading the users forward. In this case MasterChef tagged all of their participating chefs and linked them to videos and more information about the show.
Nelonen is a subdivision of the Sanoma Corporation, a leading media group in the Nordic countries with operations in 20 European countries. Half of Nelonen’s programming is American and European imports but it also broadcasts Finnish shows, reaching nearly 4 million viewers each week and over 80 % of the 24–55 demographic.
Want to improve reader engagement on your site like Nelonen? Create a Thinglink account and implement your personal tagging tool today.