Super Simple Online Tools: Interactive photo

I’m always on the hunt for simple online tools newsrooms can use to enhance their websites. Thinglink fits the bill.

What is it? An online tool that makes photos interactive.

Why it’s cool? You can add all kind of information to an image, including tweets, videos, photos, website links and text. The photo looks like any other until a user puts her mouse over it and ‘Aha!’ all sorts of wonderful additional extra tidbits appear.

How it works? Select create and upload, drag or import a photo

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Start plotting points on your photo. Add links to stories, videos, photos, individual tweets.

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Pick your icon. There’s one for general posts, tweets, video, Facebook, etc.

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Keeping adding icons until you’ve made an interactive photo.

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ThingLinks can be embedded within stories on your website by using the “source” button. All you need is the embed code. Here’s how you find it.

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** Note for Sun Media journalists, editors: When embedding the code into a simple story, you need to delete part of the above code in order for it to work. Here’s what you need to get rid of: async charset=”utf-8″

Happy interactive video making!

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