This is a whole new way to add links to linkups that it is optimized for as few clicks as possible while providing feedback to the users about the links they added in blogs around the blogosphere.
The new link page works as usual. Just click on the “Add your link” button. You will be transfered to a new page where you can enter your data.
The page is built with the end user in mind so as to click/enter data as little as possible. There is a history system that keeps old entries in case you want them entered in another blog (and it even keeps the image and the cropping parameters).
You can find a linkup using it at the bottom of this very post.
The outline of the page is as follows:
- From here you can navigate back to the blog where you are adding your link.
- The link you are adding. As soon as you press enter or tab or click outside this field, the images found in the URL will be displayed in (7).
- Name of the link. It will automatically pick up the title of the blog post but you can still change it if you want.
- Your email address. Once you enter it the first time, it will always be entered in for you without even having to click on the input field.
- The thumbnail you are adding. It also displays cropping in real time (more on this later on).
- In the blog tab, you can select a picture for your thumbnail from the ones found in the link entered in no. 2.
- The upload tab allows you to select a file to upload or drag a file on it or even snap a quick picture with your tablet/cellphone and use it as a thumbnail.
- You can enter the direct URL of an image to use as a thumbnail here.
- Login with your username/password to flickr to select one of your images to use as thumbnail.
- Click here to accept the link.
- Clicking on “Show history” will display your old entries and allow you to enter them again with just a click!
Let’s see it in action
Adding the link and pressing enter in the Link field, will show a “loading icon and fill the respective field with the images found in the target link.
You will notice that the Name field has been auto-completed with the title of the post. Now the only thing you need to do is just select one of the images with the “Select” button underneath it or choose to crop it.
Clicking on “Crop” will present a small popup with the cropping controls (1).
Click done (2) when ready or “Reset” to let the program grab the best thumbnail from the middle of the image.
While handling the controls in (1), you are able to see the preview of your thumbnail on (3).
Add your email and click “Done”. You will be presented with a sharing screen and you can click on the respective items to shout out the link you added.
The four buttons come with precomposed text which you can modify before you submit so edit it as you wish.
Clicking on (1) will take you directly to the blog you added your link. Clicking on (2) will allow you to enter another link to the same blog without having to go back to the linkup page.
Adding from history
Next time you go to add a link anywhere, the email will be pre-filled in the respective field.
Clicking on Show History (2) will reveal the links you have added in the past.
If you click on the link itself it reveals more info on where it was added last time and buttons to re-apply the same settings (1) and remove the item from the list.
Clicking on “Use” will fill the Link and name fields and will place the same image as thumbnail, keeping the crop settings too. You can just click on Done and you have added the same link to another blog with just 3 clicks!
More advanced options
While more than ninety five percent of the users using the page will be fine with the above, easy functionality, there are some other ways to define your thumbnail.
It is now very easy to upload images! Just go on the Upload tab and just drag a file. The file will be uploaded and be visible in the drop area from where you can click Select or Crop as usual.
Using the Upload button on a smartphone or tablet will also allow you to snap a picture with its camera to use as a thumbnail.
Direct Image URL
You can also use the third tab to put a direct URL to the image you want to use. In order to grab the URL, you can right-click on the image itself and “Copy image location/link”.
Just paste it in the “Direct URL of image” field and click load.
The image will be loaded in the box and present you with the familiar “Select” and “Crop” options.
You can see more info on your entered links through the history page. You can see the number of clicks each of your past links had and allow you to “help” it through social media.
More services will soon follow, like Youtube thumbnails, picassa images, Facebook photos and instagram.
Let us know what you think!
See the example below: