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ThingLink introduces Tumblr share

Tumblr: more addictive than crack? Discuss. Or, just spend hours browsing the photos and thoughts of urban tech and media folk and teenagers. There are fashion Tumblrs to drive home just how underdressed you are, and a-day-in-the-life-of-my-kitten Tumblrs to waste hours and hours of productivity.

And now, it can all be ThingLinked. Moar content! More fun! Who needs sleep?

Yes, ThingLink now offers sharing to Twitter, Facebook AND Tumblr on all ThingLinked images. Users could, of course, post ThingLinked images to Tumblr before we made this change — but now the sharing is automated.

 

Take for example this Soundcloud Heroes post originally posted on their blog. It’s easily sharable to Tumblr. Try it out yourself  on the embedded image below.

We’ve also made it easier to reblog images on Tumblr — when you reblog a ThingLinked image in Tumblr, it is now reblogged with the tags intact.

 

And the tagged image can now also be viewed in your Dashboard — you only need to click the Play button to see the interactive image.

 

If all that wasn’t enough, those of you who love to look at your Tumblr pages in Flipboard will be happy to know that ThingLinked images also work in Flipboard. There’s no excuse not to start posting and reblogging ThingLinked images in the hottest micro-blogging platform around!

Watch this video of one of our awesome employees, Thomas, showing off how great ThingLinked images look in Flipboard:

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Five Ways Interactive Images Can Enhance Brand Engagement

This post by ThingLink CMO Neil Vineberg was recently published by MarketingProfs.com.

Remember image maps? Invented in 1993 at Honolulu Community College by student Kevin Hughes, image maps allow you to include multiple “clickable” areas within one image that link to specified URLs.

With more than 100 billion images online, several companies have expanded on the image-map concept with interactive image technology that lets users aggregate and tag content within images, offering marketers news ways for engaging brand communities.

Continue to the story.

 

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Real Estate Agents – 5 Steps To Creating a Web Page On Facebook

With more than a billion people, Facebook is the community of choice for communicating and sharing with friends and customers. A new interactive image tool – ThinkLink Tabs for Facebook – makes it easier than ever for realtors to engage effectively with home buyers and renters.

Why should realtors be on Facebook?

Marketing expert Laura M. Donovan explains,”94% of businesses are using Social Media to Market. Are you still in the 6%? If you are – you are missing a great opportunity to really get your business, service and brand out to a large group of people, translating into more revenue for your company.

Broker/Owner Michael Byrd of SLO HomeStore.com, adds: “There are a lot more people on Facebook every day than visit my site in a year. As an Exclusive Buyers Broker I have no listings with which to stimulate inquiries so, simply put, I have to go where the people are.”

Here are five steps for creating a powerful real estate sales / rental Page on Facebook using ThingLink Tabs.

 

1. Take a Screen Shot of your Home Page

A screen shot, also called a screen grab, is a quick way to capture an image you’ll need to tag for your Facebook page.

On a Mac – Use Command-Shift-3.

On a PC – Use the “Print Screen” button (may also be labeled “Prt Sc”, “Prnt Scrn”, “Print Scrn”, or similar).

 

2. Edit the Screen Shot

Edit your screen shot so it looks like your web page.

On a Mac – Open the screen shot using the PREVIEW app. Grab the part of the image that you want to appear on Facebook.

On a PC use any image editor and grab the part of the image that you want to appear in Facebook.

Here is the SLO Homestore.com page.

“I improvised by printing the page as a .pdf, converted it to .jpg then cropped it to look like a screen shot,” added Byrd.

Here’s the website image:

 

And here is how that page looks on Facebook.

Notice how Michael tagged key part of this image with links to his main website. ThingLink Tabs is your tool for adding links and posting the image to your Facebook page.

 

3. Import the image into your ThingLink account.

Sign up a free ThingLink account. Import your an image into ThingLink following the instructions at the site.

 

4. Tag the image.

ThingLink Tabs is an easy way for realtors to share content inside one image on a Facebook page. ThingLink features an interactive photo editor that lets realtors add tags to any photo. ThingLink’s exclusive Rich Media Tags feature popular media players and apps — from YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Google Maps, Spotify, FlickR, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, iTunes, Etsy, Mailchimp and FanBridge. Realtors can also create links inside images to anywhere on the Internet.

Byrd added, “ThingLink allowed me to create and post a tutorial for the most important functions of my home page. More importantly, it allowed me to make all of those functions directly accessible from one place on Facebook. I have other tabs, but they just lead to a single function compared to the ThingLink tab that provides nine specific functions. To my way of thinking, that is a very big deal.”

 

5. Post the Image on Facebook

Your image can be posted to your Facebook page with a few clicks of the mouse. Inside the ThingLink editor, simply click “Create a Tab on Facebook” and your image with its links will be transferred to your Facebook page.

ThingLink images are shareable with one click to Twitter, Facebook and email, and embeddable (like YouTube videos) into any blog or website. Every account includes metrics so realtors can monitor engagement. No programming experience is required and interactive images can be created and sent to Facebook in minutes.

ThingLink images are compatible with all websites, and can also be published and edited on any Tumblr, Blogger, and WordPress.org blog.

For more information visit ThingLink.com.

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How to create an interactive ThingLink App for your Facebook Page

Engaging your audience on Facebook with ThingLink images is now easier than ever. We’ve built a feature that smoothly exports the image you choose to be featured as a ThingLink App on your Facebook page. This tutorial that takes your through the process as well as instructs you how to remove your app.

Start by tagging an image. Remember that you can upload an image to ThingLink, import an image from Facebook or Flickr or use any image URL.

After you’ve tagged the image, you will have the option of creating a ThingLink App on Facebook. Click the Share button, that you find above the comment field next to the image, and click the Facebook option furthest to the left.

 

Having begun the process, you have the option of seeing how the image would preview on a Facebook page, or to proceed. If your image is small, we center the image, and if your image is wide, we scale it down to fit. It’s always a good idea to preview your work to avoid confusion at a later stage. Remember that your image can be 810 pixels wide with Facebook’s new format, allowing for a lot of tag exploration.

 

If you are doing this process for the first time, regardless of if you logged in with an email address or your Facebook account, you need to enter your Facebook account again. At this stage, we verify the pages to which you have admin rights and provide you with a list of them. As you can see from the image, it is possible to also overwrite an old image for a page. There is no limit for how many times you can overwrite a ThingLink App.

 

Give your App a name. It’s by default called ThingLink, but you’re free to name it however you want.

 

Bravo, you should have your ThingLink App up and running. Go and see how it looks!

If you want to change the icon of your ThingLink App, you can find Facebook’s instructions for it here.

 

Your apps appear on the top navigation bar. To ensure maximum visibility for your ThingLink App, you should feature it visibly as one of the first three apps. If you for any reason want to remove your App, this is how.¨

 

Uninstalling your ThingLink App on Facebook

 

 

To delete the app, click the little arrow on the right. This opens the editing options for your entire layout.

 

To delete the app, click the editing tool and choose Uninstall App from the drop down menu.

 

With your free ThingLink account you can create an unlimited amount of ThingLink Apps on Facebook, with a small bit of ThingLink branding.

Start creating now!

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Islands in the Stream: An Update about ThingLink Tabs for Facebook and Timeline

Facebook just announced that all Facebook Pages will be migrated to the new Timeline format on March 30.

Please take a moment to review this post on how you can use ThingLink to take advantage of the new Timeline, and feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

 

 

 

Q. I read that by launching Timeline on branded pages, Facebook has essentially “killed” Tabs. Is this true?

A. No, not at all. Users can still feature a ThingLink Tab on their pages; they will, however, no longer be able to use the Tab as a default landing page. Once you convert to the new Timeline, your Tabs (apps) will be displayed at the top of the page, underneath the main image. Once a user clicks on the image, the Tab will be fully functional, just as before.

 

Q. So how do I best use ThingLink in Timeline?

A. The new page design allows page owners to tell richer stories through bigger photos (now 831 pixels wide). Start by posting creative images with compelling audio, video, and rich media content, and updating them frequently.

  • HIGHLIGHT YOUR TAB (app) — Photos, likes and apps (Tabs) are at the top of your page. You can have a maximum of 12. Make your ThingLink Tab one of the top 3 viewable at the top of your page; all other tabs will appear in a drop-down menu.
  • CREATE A STORY IN TIMELINE: When you launch a campaign or promotion, post a story about your Tab (app) in the timeline.
  • PIN POSTS: After you post a story, click the pencil button to pin the story. Pinned posts highlight important stories at the top of a page for up to seven days.

Q. Can I still make a ThingLink Tab into my landing page?

A. No. You can make your Tab a top choice under the new header image, as noted above. But, you can no longer set a Tab as a default landing page. By posting a story to your timeline about your Tab, you can direct fans back to your interactive image again and again for the latest content — and help build your relationship with users.

Q. Can I still use ThingLinked images outside Facebook?

A. Of course! The great thing about ThingLink images is you can share and embed them with interactive links outside Facebook. One image works inside Facebook and across the Web.

Have a question? Write to Neil (US) or Jonas (Finland).

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Introducing ThingLink Tabs for Facebook

Today, we here at ThingLink are proud to announce the launch of ThingLink Tabs for Facebook — a way for artists, creators, small businesses, and individuals to share a wide range of content inside an image on your Facebook Fan Page.

 When history considers MySpace, it probably won’t look kindly on the seizure-inducing backgrounds or terrible haircuts — but it will hopefully recognize how groundbreaking it was in providing a place for artists to easily host all their content in one place. No more figuring out HTML or domain names. Just cutting, pasting, and getting videos, music, tickets, and information on one site. See examples by ThingLink, Alan Partridge, NME, David Lynch and EMI.

 

Watch, listen, and interact, all within one image

No one else has managed that — until now. ThingLink Tabs for Facebook allows users to embed audio, video, and rich media links in images and post them as a Tab on Facebook. Fans can watch, listen, and interact, all within one image on one page. You can link out anywhere you want on the web and links can be changed as often as you like.

And it’s not just for bands. Maybe you’re a real estate agent and want to post videos of homes for sale inside an image of a neighborhood. Maybe you’re a small business and want to tag reviews and post audio of customer testimonials. Maybe you’re working on a film and want to release a clip a day to whet appetites. You get the picture.

 

An interactive web experience that drives engagement

Facebook has almost a billion users, which means if you’re doing anything, your audience is there. Super-serve them with content, presented in a simple, intuitive, elegant manner. No matter whether you’re managing a Facebook Fan Page for your band, brand, business or community group, ThingLink Tabs for Facebook transforms your page into an interactive web experience that drives engagement.

ThingLink images are viewable on mobile phones, tablets and computers. Every account includes our exclusive HoverClick™ metrics so you can monitor viewer engagement.

Get started now! The current ThingLink Tabs for Facebook plans are:

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ThingLink Celebrity Wish Lists

People like presents. It’s a fact, and as much as we can talk about the spirit of goodwill during the holidays, people still like getting gifts. And it’s almost as fun to put together a gift list as it is to receive the actual gift — from kids poring through toy catalogs to the adult surreptitiously ripping pages out of the Sky Mall catalog on the plane (that adult might be me).But how to convey those wishes to friends and family? Letters to Santa get a little creepy after age ten, and dropping hints (or torn out Sky Mall catalog pictures) doesn’t work all the time.

Why not create an interactive wish list so cool-looking and captivating that people who see it won’t even realize you’re hitting them up for goodies.ThingLinked wish lists are easy to make, fun to share, and you’ll get your money back if no one shells out for those cool presents*. Just sign up for ThingLink (or sign in if you already have an account) then upload your image and tag away.

Here are a few examples:

(disclaimer: the celebrity examples were created by us and not the celebs themselves. Please don’t sue us. And if you are a celeb and want to use us for your wishlist, feel free to do so. Also, the ThingLink staff wishlist was created by us and we do actually want those things, so feel free to buy them for us).

*See, making the wish lists is free, so you don’t put any money in, so you wouldn’t get any back.

 

Lady Gaga

     

 

Newt Gingrich

 

Justin Bieber

 

 

Kim Kardashian

 

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For all you squares out there, here is our official release:

 

ThingLink Launches Voice Recordable Holiday Cards and Wish Lists

Record A Voice Message into Your Holiday Photos

San Francisco, CA – [14 December 2011] – Just in time for the most wonderful time of the year, image engagement tools provider,ThingLink is celebrating the holiday season with the launch of its Interactive Holiday Cards and Wish Lists Maker. The free to use web service allows users to record and embed personal audio messages into holiday greeting cards to give their loved ones something to remember, or to make favourite gift ideas on wish lists come to life, empowered with content from around the web.

“For many younger people, traditional holiday cards are boring and standardized eCard greetings are still somewhat impersonal. At ThingLink, we’ve developed an easy and novel way to share heartfelt, personalized greetings inside digital holiday cards and wish lists,” said ThingLink CEO Ulla Engeström. “Our single image upload service eliminates the need for a separate publishing platform, meaning that anyone can post, tag and share interactive images directly from our homepage at ThingLink.com.”

Visit ThingLink.com and upload your favourite holiday photo, either by dragging the image anywhere atop the ThingLink.com home page or by clicking the ‘upload’ button and selecting one from your computer. Video and music players such as YouTube can be added, along with Flickr photos of family members and personal audio messages can be brought into the mix by using the record feature, powered by leading social sound platform, SoundCloud, to make your greeting card a tailored, interactive experience.

Favourite holiday songs and videos, links to relevant websites (or gift ideas) are all embeddable, and if all you want for Christmas is more followers, rich media tags linking to Twitter or Facebook can be added too. Friends and family can be encouraged to upload their own images and create their own greetings at the ThingLink site via sharing on social network platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Cards are then ready to email, to avoid taking chances with the Christmas postal service.

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Salil Wilson – My Journey to ThingLink

By Salil Wilson

On first hearing about ThingLink (a Finnish based tech start up) I have to confess I was less than enthusiastic. Admittedly it was not the best introduction, it was over a meal with no demonstration. Just a good friend leaning forward and eagerly telling me rich media image tagging was going to be the next big thing.

It was one of those awkward moments where you know the person will be disappointed if you don’t respond with equal to or greater than the level of enthusiasm at which the information is being conveyed.

My initial thoughts were “What is rich media tagging?” and, “Why would you want to tag photos anyway?” (If you haven’t guessed I’m one of the 5 remaining people on earth who aren’t active on Facebook.)

I didn’t hear anymore about ThingLink from this fellow for about 2 weeks – he was obviously not fooled by my feigned interest. But, as with all evangalists, he couldn’t resist and sent me a link to the image below.
 

I was fascinated by this apparently quite a famous photo of the original Microsoft staff and all the extra information it contained thanks to ThingLink. I clicked on every single link and got a small sense of how each one of these people went on to live their lives – a little like a school graduation book. The next step for me, as it is for all ThingLink adopters, was to make my first ThingLink(ed) image. So I made one about the World Harmony Run – an event I organize and love.

It was very simple and great of fun. I could easily combine elements that would normally be beyond my reach or take hours of fiddling with html and ThingLink did it in a cleaner more functional and engaging way. (OK I’m not a web developer but neither are 99% of us).

I have since gone on to make quite a few ThingLink (ed) images and info-graphics and am even consulting for ThingLink. You can find many of these images at ThingLink and Learn. Here’s one below I’m quite proud of.

 

 

I continue to be surprised at how remarkably well ThingLink works – many times it does things that exceed my expectations. Just check out how well this Ipad info-graphic meshes with the Itunes rich media tags – I didn’t see that coming.

ThingLink is an idea whose time has come. It brings together many engaging elements of the web, combining them in a way where the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts.

ThingLink has made me understand what mashup really is – and it is done really elegantly, after all what would you expect from those Finns.

Salil Wilson is Executive Director of the World Harmony Run – a global torch relay dedicated to World Peace. When he’s not running around the world with a torch he consults for ThingLink.

Visit the ThingLink team at the American Association of School Librarians 15th National Conference and ExhibitionBooth #330 – on October 27-30 in Minneapolis, MN.

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How to connect with ThingLink

Do you have a question, suggestion or are you just curious about what ThingLink is up to? Over the past year we’ve established channels which help you to get in contact with us whenever you want or need to. We have strived to listen to and help each and every one of our users and we will continue doing so. This is how you can reach us:

Facebook and Twitter. On our social networks we post new creatives examples and listen to any problems and suggestions you might have. Feel free to Like and Follow us to keep up to date with the latest.

Get Satisfaction: This is our support forum where you can find answers to most common issues that other users have encountered as well. If you have trouble installing ThingLink on your site, have a suggestion on how we could make the tagging tool better or you think that you’ve found a bug in our system, please submit a comment in our forum and we’ll respond.

ThingLink gallery: In our gallery you will find curated content created with ThingLink. We select the best tagged images for you, in order to show what you can do with our tagging tool and provide you with inspiration to do even better.

ThingLink’s blog: On our blog we post news about new features, hires and clients. If you like our posts, please leave a comment.

YouTube and Flickr: If you want to check out new features, instructions and pictures of ThingLink in action we upload much of our content here.

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