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.
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:
Read What ThingLink’s Interactive Tweets Mean for Brands @ SimplyZesty.
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:
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.
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.
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.