Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thinglink - an interactive graphic tool to enhance blogging

A Thinglink is an interactive hotspot you define inside an image, from a thing (an object, a person, or a place) to a link (a shop, a blog post, or anywhere you like). You insert the widget for the correct blog software,e.g. Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, and other platforms. You may also tag a single image or import images from Flickr, if you cannot add Thinglink to your site. Supported browsers include Mozilla Firefox 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Apple Safari 5 and Google Chrome (newest version).

Watch this short video to get a sense of how Thinglink works:

From the Help section of the Thinglink website, I discovered these common sense tips:

5 Tips for Tagging Images with Thinglink

1. Make Tags Engaging - engage readers with fun, interesting links

2. Tell a Story - Uncover the hidden and explain the non-obvious

3. Place Tags Tastefully -if you tag a person, don’t cover her face

4. More Than One, Less Than Twenty - 3 to 5 tags make it interesting and fun

5. Direct Links - provide info by adding accurate links

View an example:
Image from the Facebook website.

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