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New feature: Upload Your Own Sound Recordings (or other audio files) to ThingLink Images!

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Starting today, ThingLink PRO and PREMIUM users can upload MP3 and M4A audio files directly into ThingLink tags. This means you have another cool way to make your images truly engaging with narration, interviews, nature sounds, music, or sound effects. The audio files will autoplay on mouseover.


 

How to create Audio Tags

Creating Audio Tags is as easy as creating your standard image tag. Click to create your tag, then in the tag editor, click the Upload Audio button. Select an MP3 or M4A file from your computer to upload and you’re ready to listen! Audio tags will autoplay when opened, so you can also add an image and text, and let the audio play in the background.

Ways to Use Audio Tags

Audio tags are great for adding narration, nature sounds, interviews, your own music, or editorial comments that give context or create a special ambiance for your image.

Here, an audio file from NASA takes this image from purely visual to a multi-sensory experience. The audio also increases the time the viewer spends on the tag as they listen to the clip instead of just glancing at the image.

In this 360 image, the creator narrates the text in each tag. Not only does this create a more rich experience, it results in a more accessible image that can be enjoyed by those who may not be able to read the text. For teachers, this is a great way to encourage your students to create in many mediums.

Try it Out

Ready to test it out? Here’s a project to help you get started with audio tags. Make sure that you have one of our paid plans to access this feature.

Introducing Your Class

In this project, we’ll be using ThingLink and audio tags to provide a brief introduction to your class.

To start, upload a background image that represents your subject. I’d just suggest an image of your classroom or school.

Now, record a few audio clips that will help give the space context. I suggest using Sound Recorder on a PC or Quicktime on a Mac. If you have an iPhone, you can use Voice Memos, and send them to your email.  Here are some prompts to help you come up with some audio clips:

  • Why did you get started in teaching?
  • Explain the space around you. What can we see in this image?
  • Where is this space located? If someone wanted to visit your school, how can they?
  • What do you teach? Tell us all about your subject.

Back on your image, click to add a new tag. In the icon selector choose the play button, audio symbol, or microphone so viewers receive a visual prompt to what they’re unlocking. Now, use the Upload Audio button to add one of your clips. If you want, add an image and text as well to give your audio a label.

If you’d like to add a sound you can’t record yourself, try searching freesound.org. They host thousands of audio clips sourced from members that you can download and add. Find anything from the wind in the trees, to a helicopter whirring, to the sound of a barbecue being opened.


Now that you’ve learned all about audio tags it’s time to get started! If you don’t yet have the feature you can purchase a plan that includes it here. If you want to learn more about how to use this and all our other features, schedule a demo with a ThingLink expert. Happy Tagging!

 

 

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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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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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