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Finnish startup ThingLink has announced the latest feature for its image-tagging platform, with ThingLink Tabs for Facebook letting users create an interactive Page from any photo.
We first reported on ThingLink last March, when it announced a partnership with SoundCloud which enabled audio to be embedded within otherwise static images on websites. A few months later, we checked out its new rich media tagging technology, allowing for greater interaction with external media platforms such as social networks and video-sharing websites. This meant that users were able to consume more external content from within an image itself, rather than it simply linking to external content, and covers content held on YouTube, Vimeo, Google Maps, Spotify and more.
Later in 2011, ThingLink partnered with Eventrbrite, to enable event tickets to be sold through an image, and then at the Wired event in London, the startup announced it was taking its technology into the physical world with Rich Media Notes, a tool to create printable versions of ThingLink images using Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled rich media tags, which are readable by smartphones and other enabled mobile devices. So it was a pretty busy year for company.
Now, however, ThingLink Tabs for Facebook, lets anyone from artists to small businesses host and share their content inside a single image on a Facebook Page. “Facebook has a billion users, which means if you’re a business of any size doing anything online, your audience is there,” said ThingLink’s chief marketing officer Neil Vineberg. “ThingLink Tabs for Facebook turns any Page into an interactive Web experience that drives engagement.”
ThingLink Tabs is available with ThingLink’s new PLUS ($5 a month) and PRO ($20 a month) accounts. The former includes one Facebook Page and 500 image uploads, while PRO includes five Facebook Pages and unlimited image uploads.
The new feature has been used by a handful of Pages already, including NME music magazine and Alan Partridge, as you can see here:
ThingLink images are compatible with all websites and devices, and can also be published and edited on any Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress.org, and WordPress.com (VIP).
We’re big fans of ThingLink here at The Next Web, and you can expect to be hearing a lot more about this startup in the months and years ahead.
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