ContentTools: Can you guess format

I’m playing with ContentTools. This particular tools allows me to add a sponsorship ad (In this case I added an image with my author website url and linked it to my website) as well as social follow buttons. I can also collect email addresses and embed the quiz (or whatever I choose to make) on my website or blog. It is also mobile compatible.

While the program gives me the options of adding a Facebook like prompt or an email gate, I chose not to. I don’t think it’s a great user experience, despite the Skip button shown off to the side.

In addition to Can You Guess, you can build personality quizzes, polls, trivia, ranker, caption this and more.

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Bruce Jenner: Then and Now

I used Juxtapose to create this photo slider of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner.



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Building Playbuzz gallery quiz using Pablo to create image answers

Whenever the weather warms, it reminds me of summer days spent by the pool listening to the jukebox. (Yeah, I know, I’m showing my age!). As an ode to summers past, I built a Playbuzz gallery quiz using song lyrics from the 80s and 90s.

This isn’t the first time I built a Playbuzz lyric quiz. I built a Schoolhouse Rock one that did very well. However, in the Schoolhouse Rock quiz, I didn’t have an image to use as a background.schoolhouse1

When I built the Songs from summers past quiz, I used a photo  from our archive.

NEWS Evening Sun Photo by Brett Berwager Chris Moore, a sophomore at Gettysburg College from Philadelphia, plays the drums while jamming with his fraternity brothers on the porch of their fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, along W. Lincoln Ave. in Gettysburg Monday afternoon.

I uploaded the photo to Pablo

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After uploading the image, I added the answer and, in smaller type, the name of the song, artist and year the song was released. Then I downloaded each image, saving it to my desktop to upload to Playbuzz. I used the same image for each answer, so I just had to revise the type.

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Here’s the final result. What do you think?

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Playbuzz used to build York County snack quiz

There is a Made in America Tours Event coming up in York County, so I jumped on the opportunity to make a personality quiz using Playbuzz.  It turned out pretty neat. Take it and see what you think. Here’s link if you are looking at on mobile. 

 

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Use Clicktotweet to help drive traffic

One of our reporters asked if I knew any tools she could use to hyperlink a quote and have it automatically tweet out along with the story link.

One of the tools I use is Clicktotweet.  You enter the quote you think people will share along with a url (shorten with bitly first) in the box and then click “generate link.”

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This will generate an embed code.It will also give you a Tweet Preview. This is exactly how it will appear on Twitter when shared.

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You simply copy and past the embed code in the post where you want it to appear.

Example 1

Here is one of my writing quotes: Tweet: Three words for a writer: make me care http://ctt.ec/mFKe6+

When you click on the link, it automatically tweets the message along with the url.

Example 2

I have lots of great merchandise in my BanterByBuffy store including products featuring this saying. Tweet: I write fiction. What’s your super power? http://bit.ly/1dilzal

If you prefer, instead of the word “tweet” you can use a small icon and put the embed after the line you want tweeted.

Example: I write fiction. What’s your super power? Tweet: I write fiction. What's your super power? http://bit.ly/1dilzal

Note:

Watch the length of what you want the reader to tweet. Remember, 140 characters is all you have.

You probably want to check the “open in new window” box before generating the code.

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Digital Best Practices

Here is a Powerpoint I prepared on Digital Best Practices for the The Edith Hughes Community Workshop at the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association. 

View additional powerpoints on Slideshare.

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Storify, Tout, Twitter used in Box Lunch Revue

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JuxtaposeJS: Compare Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and Prince George Alexander Louis

I used Juxtapose to compare photos of the royal babies.



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Thinglink: Great for group shots

Here is a photo of our No Sweat, York team after they participated in the Race Against Racism in York, Pa. I thought it would be fun to use Thinglink to identify everyone in the photo. It was simple to do. This is a great tool to use for identifying people in group shots. Think sports teams, graduating class, etc.

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Playbuzz: Arbor Day trivia quiz

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