Thinglink

Posted on Aug 28, 2012

Regular readers will know that I’m an advocate of maximising the technologies that we already have at our disposal, I’ve even facilitated some online and f2f sessions around this subject in which I encouraged people to look under the bonnet of the tools and platforms that they already had.

One of the tools whose ‘hidden functionality‘ I’ve discussed in the past is Flickr’s ability for people to be able to add ‘hotspots’ to images and then add text to those hotspots, here’s an example. Whilst this is a great idea, the fact that you have to be logged in to the Flickr account where the image is hosted in order to be able to add the annotations is something of a drawback, add to this the fact that when you then embed the ‘tagged’ image away from Flickr, the hotspots disappear and you have a limiting platform….

Enter ThingLink

ThingLink allows you to tag images that:

  • you have uploaded
  • are within Facebook
  • are within Flickr
  • have a url associated with them
  • are within your blog or website
Once you have tagged these images, you can them embed them within a blog, site, intranet, LMS, VLE etc
Here’s one I prepared earlier.

How might you be able to use this platform within your own organisation?

What advantages and disadvantages can you see?

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below

10 Comments

  1. ThingLink looks really handy, Craig. I can imagine the projector setup example you used just as easily being an airline cockpit (labelling all the buttons and dials) or the closeup of a flower (labelling the petals, stamens etc).In the office environment, this tool could be used to label a screenshot of a particular software interface, effectively becoming a quick & easy alternative to Captivate or Camtasia.

    • Ryan Tracey Some good examples there, I could also see it being used to ask people to add comments and context etc to fields in a form.

  2. Agree that this is a really useful bit in Flickr – but you were in my seminar last year ;-> Wiring plugs, adding the french names to body parts …..The biggest shame is that they stopped having the direct link to Piknic as an image editor as it allowed far more then the current one in Flickr. Gingerblox

  3. Craig – looks pretty neat. Will have to have a play with this. Thanks as always!

    • @JulianStaddon You’re welcome julianstaddon. Any ideas as to how you would use this?

      • CraigTaylor74 @julianstaddon not sure yet. Looks like it could be used in a learning intervention; get people to label parts of an image or as a resource with links. If I get something going I’ll let you know.

      • CraigTaylor74 @julianstaddon not sure yet. Looks like it could be used in a learning intervention; get people to label parts of an image or as a resource with links. If I get something going I’ll let you know. Worked on my android, too.

  4. Having problems commenting using my Twitter or Google+ accounts: had to post as guest

  5. Great tool Craig. Even works on the mobile view of your blog using Chrome on Android.

    • DocHavis Morning! Thanks for reading and commenting Dave. Really pleased to hear that it’s working on Android; it’s been a while since I was on Android as my Nexus phone’s logic board is dead 🙁 Any thoughts on how you could use it?

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