Cool Toys Pic of the Day – ThingLink

ThingLink

ThingLink:
http://www.thinglink.com

In their own words:
“ThingLink helps you create and discover rich images. Be creative! Make your images come alive with music, video, text, images, shops and more! Every image contains a story and ThingLink helps you tell your stories.”

I’ve seen ThingLink mentioned or highlighted several times in blog posts and various websites. Today I found a good example from the blog The Adventures of a Library Girl. The ThinkLink is embedded in the post and focuses on celebrating School Library Month.

School Library Month ThingLink via The Adventures of a Library Girl
http://www.librarygirl.net/2013/04/april-is-school-library-month-30-days.html

ThingLink is a tool to help you create interactive images. Images can be uploaded from your computer, downloaded from Facebook, linked by URL, or imported from Flickr. Once you’ve got your image in ThinkLink, you can then create tags that focus on links to images, videos, webpages, original content, tweets, pretty much anything to which you can link can be made into a tag. I created an account so I could try it out. I used an image that was posted on the Eyewire Facebook page and filled it with some tags to introduce people to Eyewire.

Eyewire ThingLink
https://www.thinglink.com/scene/375654997611773952#tlsite

Overall the process was pretty easy. The tools are very simple, you can change the icon, and place the tags where ever you would like on the image. There was some indication on the FAQ that if a tag is too close to the edge of the image, it might get cut off when it is embedded, so you would want to keep that in mind when tagging. The final images can be embedded, linked, or shared on your favorite social media sites.

ThingLink itself has several social components also. You can “touch” images to create a list of favorites. You can also follow other people using the service and see the images they post. Those people and favorites populate the “Stream” page of the site, while your work is on the “My Channel” page. There is also a Featured page to see items that are the most popular right now.

There are potentially unlimited applications for ThingLink, making it versatile. It could be used to introduce people to a new topic (similar to my Eyewire image) or it could be made into a crowdsource effort. Ask your audience to find information they would like to attach to an image based on the topic of your presentation then post that to a ThingLink specifically created by that group. On a personal note, you could create a ThingLink with a picture of an event and add a Storify link or create original content to memorialize the event. I think that would be a fun thing to do for a hallmark anniversary, wedding or birth of a baby.

This is a guest post by Chris Bulin (@Arduanne), a graduate student assistant at the Taubman Health Sciences Library.

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