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15 Visual Content Tools That Rock, Power Up your Message

15 Visual Content Tools That Rock, Power Up your Message | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"...Visual content can create the perfect balance for your blog [or message.]"

Nearly all of these are free or freemium.

Here are 5 of the 15 - excerpted:


1. PLACEIT

Placeit is a unique tool that allows you to choose from a range of pre-made templates and backgrounds, for you to then ‘place’ your own images in. …[OR]…type in any URL and Placeit will automatically insert a screenshot of the page into your design.
 

To get the best size images and unlock more features, you will have to pay. However you can get a decently sized version of your creation to use for free.
 

2. SHARE AS IMAGE

This Chrome extension is an easy way to turn any text that you find when browsing, into a striking image that you can then share. The benefits of it being a bookmarklet, means that you don’t need to leave your browser or open another tab/window, in order to create highly shareable images.
 

4. VISME

[Big Feature…it does]… a range of tasks all in one place. From presentations, infographics, animations and much more, it allows you to create some truly stunning visual content, right from your browser. No need to download any clunky software!
 

5. CANVA

[The author’s] …favourite graphic image design tool outside of PhotoShop. It has everything ….offering ready-to-go templates for things like flyers, social media covers, documents and more.
 

8. INFOGR.AM

Who can deny the power of a great infographic? …They can also tell us a great deal about a subject in a very small space. …With over 30 chart types to choose from, there’s bound to be something to get you started.

 

Others include SlideShare, Gimp, Tagxedo and more.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Writing without the power of visuals is flat and boring. These tools bring your ideas to life. Stacey's made some very useful annotations about what is useful about each of the 15 tools.  Great list!  ~  Deb

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 6, 2014 8:22 AM

A short list of tools for creating visual content.

All of them are good, but are much more than these 15.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, September 7, 2014 8:39 AM

Great list of useful graphics tools!

Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 27, 2014 1:42 PM

Good selection

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Pinterest Drives More Traffic Than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn Combined [STUDY]

Pinterest Drives More Traffic Than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn Combined [STUDY] | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Pinterest now beats YouTube, Reddit, Google+, LinkedIn and MySpace for percentage of total referral traffic in January.


Wow!  Pinterest is growing like gangbusters, like an 8000% increase, (another Pinterest post in my Peer/Social Learning & Curation stream here.)  


It remains to be seen what that means for the company and its sustainability.  The monster growth it's showing - is, let's say, promising?


Excerpts from Mashable:


The darling network of brides-to-be, fashionistas and budding bakers now beats YouTube, Reddit, Google+, LinkedIn and MySpace for percentage of total referral traffic in January, according to a Shareaholic study.


Pinterest accounted for 3.6% of referral traffic, while Twitter just barely edged ahead of the newcomer, accounting for 3.61% of referral traffic. In July 2011, Pinterest accounted for just 0.17% of referral traffic, proving the site’s blockbuster growth.

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Press agencies ordered to pay $1.2 million for stealing photos from Twitter

Press agencies ordered to pay $1.2 million for stealing photos from Twitter | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"Daniel Morel will finally be compensated for his photos of the 2010 Haiti earthquake."


A U.S. district court judge ordered Agence France-Presse (AFP) and stock photo company Getty Images, Inc. to pay a total of $1.2 million for images they acquired from Twitter. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's a good cautionary case study.

When it comes to professional photography, just because it is on the internet, and specifically in social media, does not make it yours.  


Ideas, concepts yes.  Copying works of art, journalistic photos, means of livlihood, copyrighted images owned by a company, and in this case, photos by photographer Daniel Morel connected with the Associated Press, no.    ~  D 

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