3D picture media annotation in Thinglink.


ThingLink is a visualization tool that can transform media into interactive graphics. This resource goes beyond some of the constraints of Canva to create a new kind of storytelling experience. Through the use of tagging, ThingLink can create different types of interactive options, all shown below created using ThingLink.

ThingLink can be used to annotate images in a way that is similar to the Gigapixel feature in StoryMapJS; however, ThingLink does not require you to prepare the images with the Zoomify program. While ThingLink doesn’t have the same flexibility to zoom into the image as StoryMapJS, it is easier to use for basic annotations.

Getting Started

To begin using this tool, you will need:

  • To make an account through your email (if you are a Gettysburg College student or faculty member using ThingLink for a class, please email to discuss options).
  • Photos and videos saved to your computer that can be properly credited with Creative Commons Licensing or are in the Public Domain


How To:

Using WordPress and ThingLink

To embed a ThingLink into a WordPress page or post, you first need to set the visibility (eye icon) of your ThingLink to Anyone with the link and then Save.

Once you have adjusted the visibility to Anyone with the link, use the Share button in ThingLink to copy the embed code. Then go to your WordPress page or post, select the Custom HTML block type in the WordPress block editor, and paste in the embed code you get from ThingLink. To give appropriate attribution for the image or video you are annotating with ThingLink, put a Paragraph block underneath the ThingLink block and create the attribution there.


This tool does limit the number of characters you can include in the text within tags. If you wish to add more text you may want to add more tags. Also, if you wish to embed a ThingLink into your website, you will need to opt in for a paid plan or use a membership available through the library.