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ThingLink Launches Copy and Paste for Tags

How many times have you wanted to take the tags from one image and place them on another?

 

Many users upload several images and want to use the same tags on each one – a twitter and facebook tag, purchase links etc.

Until now, you had to manually create a new tag on each image.

 

Now you can simply COPY and PASTE tags from one image onto another. Keep in mind that you must have access to both images in your channel.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to edit the image you would like to copy tags from.
  2. Inside the Editor right click anywhere on the image.
  3. Choose from the menu “Copy X tags”.
  4. Now go to edit the image you would like to paste the copied tags to.
  5. Right click on the image and select “Paste X tags”.
  6. Voilà! Now you have tags copied from one interactive image to another.

 

Questions? Write to support @ ThingLink.com

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Vote Your Favorite Meme of 2012

What was your favorite meme of 2012? Gangnam Style, Mitt Romney versus Big Bird, Clint Eastwood and the Obama empty chair? Touch this image and cast your vote…

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Introducing interactive lessons on Edmodo

ThingLink allows you to create interactive images enriched with video, sounds, music and more. Now you can also share them on Edmodo to teach, inspire and entertain students as well as teachers. With only a few clicks, you can embed live interactive images on Edmodo for everyone to engage with and learn from. Here are our step by step instructions and you can also watch the video or click through the slide set below.

Here goes:

1. Sign up for ThingLink. It only takes a minute and you can do it with your Facebook, Twitter or email account.

2. Make an interactive image of your own or pick one from the thousands of images that have already been created with ThingLink by using our search function.

3. Click on Share image in the top left corner of any image and select Edmodo. You will see an embed script. Click on “Copy to clipboard”.

    

4. Log in to your Edmodo account. Create a new post and add a link to it.

5. Paste in the iframe code to the field that says http://or<embed>

6. Give the attachment a title and click Attach

7. Fill in the empty fields and click Send

8. Your live interactive image will now show up in your posts and it can be opened and closed by clicking the attachment icon.

 

There are lots of interactive images on ThingLink that you can use for your lessons. Check out these resources:

Discover a treasure trove of innovative ideas and support for using interactive graphics for teaching and learning at the ThingLink Toolkit for Teachers.

 

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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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ThingLink Celebrates Election Day – Now Go Vote!

Election day in the U.S. is almost here, and we’re celebrating the right to vote with more awesome ThingLink images. Also read our Oct 25th post.

Want to add your voice to the post-election conversation? Make any photo, graphic or infographic ‘touchable” with voice, video and other content. Record a sound message at SoundCloud.com, tag it to any photo, graphic or infographic, and share your image on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks to Susan Oxnevad, Dawn Megli, John, Anna, MadelineS, Richard Hudak, and NKulowiec.

Electing a President (by Susan Oxnevad)

 

Battleground States (by Dawn Megli)

 

Obama Versus Romney on Religion (by MadelineS)

 

Corporations are People (by Richard Hudak)

 

Iowa Caucus (by nkulowiec) – a classic from the Republican primary.

Want to share your ThingLink election image? Tweet us @ThingLink.

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Make Touchable Holiday Gift Guides with ThingLink

Planning to blog about holiday gifts?  Now you can turn any photo into a touchable holiday gift guide complete with descriptions, purchase links, videos and more.

Looking to show your tech geekiness with a gift hint?  Use ThingLink to tag your favorite gift image with a purchase link… and paste the image link into your Facebook timeline.

Whether you’re a journalist, blogger or have your eye on the new Tesla Model S sedan, ThingLink makes recommending, sharing and buying gifts easy and fun. In addition to embedding a touchable image in your blog, you can also post the same image as an APP on a Facebook brand page.

Check these touchable gift guides from Jennifer Ramirez, BurdaStyle, Ikea, UMSM, Farfetch, Style Mynt, and Mashable.

Want us to feature your Gift Guide? Send a link to social@thinglink.com.

Happy Gifting!!

 

Etsy Treasury (by Jennifer Ramirez)

 

Holiday, New Years Eve Party Dress (by BurdaStyle)

 

Dinner Ware (by IKEA)

 

Digital Dress-Up (by Farfetch)

 

Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram Box Set – (by UMSM

 

Men’s Fashion (by Style Mynt)

 

Books: Forbes Model for Journalism (by this author)

 

Giftinator – Tech Flavored Holiday Gifts for Your Boyfriend or Husband (by Mashable)

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Making Maps More with ThingLink

I’m lost without maps because my mind is swirling in music.  When I started working and driving in San Francisco, using my car GPS to get from one place to another made learning a new city easier. My GPS chirped directions and I followed.

With ThingLink, maps can also speak. They can be sound and video players. You can tell a story inside and share the culture of a country. Now, touching maps delivers so much more.

Take a look at ways you can enhance maps with ThingLink. Props to Paddy McCabe, Indie Ambassador, Ottawa Star, Soundway Records, Washington Post, Mashable, and Multimediael Universal.

Education — Ancient Rome: Add Photos and Wikipedia References  (by Paddy McCabe)

 

Add Google Maps (by IndieAmbassador)  

Map of Colombia: Add sound (Soundway Records) Real Estate: Add Listings and contacts (by Ottawa Star)

 

 

Journalism: Add Reporting, updates and annotations (Washington Post)


 

Conventions: Add Highlights to a Trade Show Map (by Mashable)

 

Describe Processes on a Graphical Map (by Multimediael Universal)

 

Want us to feature your map or image in a post?  Send a link to social@thinglink.com.

Happy Mapping!

 

 

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US Election Goes Interactive with ThingLink

It’s been quite an election year in the U.S.  Before the big day this November, we wanted to share our fave ThingLink images by House Speaker John Boehner, Obama for America, Rock the Vote and others.

House Speaker John Boehner attacked President Obama on energy.

 

Obama for America – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had dinner with voters.

Rock the Vote Hit the street with a Youth Voter Registration Jam

 

Obama for America took us on a listening tour inside a field office in Davenport, Iowa

 

Anna used an infographic to clarify positions on abortion.  

 

A Time for Kids offered a fresh view of the election.

 

 

A phenomenal graphic on the Second Obama vs Romney Debate by Siraj Datoo.

  And Newshouse reminded us of the 2012 voting deadlines.

Whatever your position is, visit Rock the Vote and make sure and register to vote!

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ThingLink music marketing 101 by ‘stache media

Interview with Ava Ryerson, ‘stache media

stache media has been using ThingLink for artists like Slightly Stoopid, Kate Earl, Ryan Leslie, RNDM, Santana, Steve Vai, Paloma Faith, and many others.  CMO Neil Vineberg recently sat down with Ava Ryerson to discuss fan engagement and ThingLink.

Q:  How are you using ThingLink?

We are using ThingLink as a tool for our media partners and artists.  ThingLink images give media partners added value, interesting content and something cool for their site.  It’s also great for fans to engage with artists’ content in different ways.

Fans don’t have to leave an image to engage with content because all the magic happens within the image.  Fans also don’t have to enter their email address to discover, click on and play content.  It’s very low commitment with high engagement.

Q: What kind of content are you putting into photos?

We put music tracks, videos, social links, and anything we think will be fun for the fan really. If there’s a special or exclusive sound byte from the artist that you can only find within the ThingLinked image, that’s something that we also try to use as well.

Q: What do you find to be the most effective and popular content for engaging fans? I think people want to hear or view content, so audio and video players are most effective. If there’s a personal message from the artist, that is super valuable to the fan. ‘stache media is part of RED Distribution so we partner with retailers all the time. Depending on the campaign and the artist, we’ll tag the image with Target or an independent retailer for pre-orders.  A lot of the time we are tagging images with retailers like iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy, and FYE.  For the band RNDM, we tagged Newbury Comics who had a special pre-order package for the album.  

Q: What kind of engagement are you seeing, and how does ThingLink engagement differ from other media platforms? We work with a wide variety of genres so it depends on the artist. Our highest engagement came from a Jason Aldean Billboard magazine cover that actually lived on the Billboard website, country blogs and radio station sites. We’ve been sharing image performance with artists and it makes them want to get more involved as well. ThingLink is an interesting tool for the artists because images can also live on their Facebook page or band site and its just another way for them to reach their fans, so they dig it.  

Q: Does it always start with a great image?

Yes, the image has to be compelling. It’s a way for us to get the album cover out or an interesting press photo of the artist.

Q: What about the new ThingLink?

It’s important for us to have all of our artist images available within one area where people can find our artists and media tools. I think the new social integration is great , we see new fans engaging and discovering images. I love the fact that I get notifications when I have new followers and when people are commenting on images.

We’re working with Kate Earl on Downtown Records; her album cover is very compelling and beautiful and the video for One Woman Army plays within the image. It’s awesome to see fans discovering her album and video through ThingLink.  The layout is interesting as well…very similar to a Pinterest or Tumblr. There are tiles of the images and its easy to digest for viewers.  Also stoked on ThingLink going Mobile!

Check out the ‘stache media channel on ThingLink.

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How to reach and engage your audience with ThingLink

Decca Records recently ran a campaign for up and coming music artist Alessandro using ThingLink to great success. Our Creative Director Jonas Forth spoke with Digital Innovation and Platforms Manager David Heath about reaching your intended demographic, creating engaging campaigns and making the most out of ThingLink.

 

Q. Where do you find value in the service?

I think the value in a service like ThingLink comes from the opportunity to engage consumers from all demographics. Creating something your audience can relate to and understands is vital in establishing a connection with them, and this is a simple and effective way of doing that. Everyone can relate to an image, and musicians are more frequently incorporating strong visuals as lead elements of their campaigns.

Using mouseovers and hover actions actively encourages users to interact with these images and this is where the real beauty of ThingLink lies, because people are inherently curious and they want to know what might be hidden away. They don’t want to miss something valuable that might be tucked away in a corner. If you’ve judged your audience correctly and you’re giving them the content they really want to consume, they’ll be back.  

 

Q. What kind of features have you created using ThingLink?

This year we’ve been running a campaign around a brand new global priority artist who happens to be a Franciscan Friar called Alessandro. We’ve used Thinglink to put together an interactive map of Assisi – the birthplace of St Francis and the place Alessandro lives – as a way of showcasing all the most important locations from around this historic catholic town.

Using artwork sourced from a local tourist information booklet created by the friars themselves, we were able to use ThingLink as a way of revealing audio from his debut album along with photos, videos and more over a six week period prior to the release. It’s kind of a tour guide, but more fun, and making use of content shot on location with Alessandro himself. I think it can be difficult to meaningfully engage this kind of market digitally but we’ve had some good success using ThingLink purely because it bridges the gap between technology and the kind of content people naturally gravitate towards and find themselves sharing.

Q. What advice do you have for bands who want to promote their music with ThingLink?

Firstly, think about what you want to achieve. Do you want to drive data acquisition for the mailing list, increase Facebook fans, sell gig tickets, generate new fans, or are you simply rewarding existing fans without having any quantifiable target at all? Whichever it is, the answer will drive the content you need to be producing.

Secondly, thinking about how you want to reveal that content can make all the difference. A great way of encouraging repeat visits is to stagger the content that is available, but if you’re not giving fans what they want the first time round are they even going to come back for a second?

Q. What is it about ThingLink that helps drive traffic?

I think the numbers we saw on our campaign with Friar Alessandro reflect a very engaged, very content hungry fan base who appreciate unlocking and experiencing that content in exciting, non traditional ways. This is a demographic that wouldn’t usually listen to track previews or streams through SoundCloud. We’ve found ThingLink to be a brilliant way of removing the barrier that exists there by letting people interact with something that makes sense to them and delivering them SoundCloud content through it.

Although there were several content reveals each week on the map, streaming the new audio clips was always the most popular and the ThingLink platform effectively renders the underlying technology behind that invisible. This is hugely important in ensuring we’re connecting well with our audience and not alienating or penalising non technical fans.

Listening to the feedback we’ve had so far has been extremely positive. I can see ThingLink being an incredibly useful tool for us in future if for nothing else than its ability to engage meaningfully with the people we are trying to reach, day to day.

Follow Decca Records on ThingLink.

 

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