Choose Your Own Thumbnail Adventure

It’s been a busy few weeks for our Online Editor, with upgrades being made on a regular basis.  Today, we’ve just rolled out the latest new feature which lets you select the thumbnail image displayed alongside your article after it is published on a site in our network.

Previously, we paired thumbnail images according to your article’s tags as best as possible.  Now you can decide which thumbnail to display.

You’ll now see a section of the Online Editor devoted to thumbnail selection. This thumbnail selection tool gives you relevant image options based on the content and tags of your article :

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Click on “Find Images” to scan your article. In a few second, a row of thumbnail suggestions will appear below the button.  To select an image, simply click on it.  The selected image appears in the box to the far left.

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To see more thumbnail options, click on “Find More Images” to scan your article again.

If you decide to save a draft of your article, your thumbnail selection will be saved as well.  You can change it again before you submit your article for publication.

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When you’re ready, submit your article.  Once it’s been published, you’ll see your selected thumbnail appear next to the title and description of your article where it’s listed on the site of publication.

Happy publishing!

62 thoughts on “Choose Your Own Thumbnail Adventure

  1. I think this is a great idea. Pictures with articles make it a lot more interesting in my opinion. It’s like when you are a child, picture books were always more fun to read than the ones without.

    1. i have reached my 500 vidio limit ,is there anyawy to get more downloads [im trying to tell a story ,in vidio] i have noted edit vidio dosnt work [is it on a delay [or am i missing somethingi dislike that just visiting a bad site makes it look better because of one extra visitor, i noticed your featured vidios [is it producers choice allways has the same useless vidios, only being up by virtue of being seen constantly , thus clicked on , perhaps a better way would be to replace the selective selection with a topical , or search word ,that auto updates [refreshes ,every few minutes or so ]but shows more than just the 4or so same after same refreshingsi feel the visited numbers are making this experience less than it could be ,sort of if you know the system you get up automaticly , just by knowing to fool [bypass] the systemand perhaps better vidios just dont get seen [how can i see the full list [not just the last 5 pages of uploads] ,or the most seen, vieuwed , but all , the vids in a given catacory?

  2. A few thumbnails on a few of my older articles don’t really portray what my articles are about, so I will gladly modify them in my future free time!

    1. I just want the first frame of my movie to be Video thumbnail. Not fair that this prgoarm picks it for you. On my thumbnail it show a frame with text. This feature is taking the worst frame in the movie as a default thumbnail. It only shows 3 thumbnails and i don’t want to use any of them. This is really a bad feature and should be removed asap. its taking away from the art of the movie.

  3. Dear Triond Staff,

    I have been unable to contact you through your CONTACT US link. The third party who hosts it – GET SATISFACTION – rejects my email address; so I cannot post my suggestion to Triond.

    The Main Problem is that your Web sites are not W3C Compliant. When I ran my Triond sites through the W3C HTML Validator, the pages are filled with coding errors.

    Will Triond be fixing this? I hope so – it would make for a far faster end user experience. It is something that could easily be mended.

    Thank-you, James

  4. This is a great new feature. I am amazed at all of the upgrades added in the last year. I also love your suggested images feature where we can use photos without worrying about copyright laws. I would suggest, though, that there be more photos to choose from.

  5. I have (& reported via ticket) a similar problem regarding e-mail usage, when applied to this blog. One of my e-mail addresses won’t work, but two others will. This could only be explained if that that one e-mail address was purposefully being ‘blocked’ from being able to post. 🙂

  6. Is it possible to make the function allow writers to choose one of our own images to run as a thumbnail, instead of a generic one?

  7. I almost like it. The selection is somewhat limited, per poem, but what I’m looking for doesn’t show up. It would be nice if all the photo’s would run through instead of a handful with repeats. Thanks.

  8. its a really cool update but it dosent work for me. it scaned my article and displayed to images even though my article had 7 images? what wrong?
    thanks for the update though. i hope i can use it next time

  9. This is a great new feature and brings us writers one step closer to full article customization.In short, another great update by the Triond team.Good Work.

  10. Great addition. Just one thing. Soemtimes the thumbprint doesn’t show up on my articles. Not always. I love it when it does show up.

  11. You say in the blog post that picking an image is optional. It has taken me two days to get an article submitted because the editor said it was a required field. When I emailed the support team, I was told this was now mandatory. Unfortunately the images offered bore no relation to my article, and when I eventually found something vaguely close, and published, it doesn’t even appear on the article. I’m very confused; I thought I was supposed to source the image from somewhere myself, get copyright permissions, fully credit the source, etc. 😦

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  12. @ArtSiren – In order for Triond’s publisher to work faster posting everyone’s articles, we have recently changed choosing a thumbnail image from being optional to being mandatory.

    Thumbnail images rely solely on the tags that you enter for your content. To pull up the most relevant thumbnails for your content, make sure that the first 3 tags you enter are most relevant to your content’s topic.

    Once your article is published, you’ll see your selected thumbnail appear next to the title and description of your article where it’s listed on the site of publication.

  13. Thanks Estelle – I totally got “the wrong end of the stick” with this. I thought the idea was that all articles now need to have pictures included within them, which can sometimes be quite time-consuming to negotiate (unless willing to pay for images from a stock photo company).

    This is as you say completely different to the thumbnail image. Thanks for the clarification. I can get back to it now! 🙂

  14. It doesnt find any pictures…i left it there 4 hours and it didnt find anything.
    my internet is good…help?
    i also have everything written down…i just need that damned picture!

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