I periodically find quotations that I think are particularly important and that I’d like to share. Sharing them as plain text is functional, but displaying them in a visually attractive way increases the chances of people taking the time to read them.
Here the the free and easy tools that I’ve used. I hope readers will suggest others:
My favorite right now is a new smartphone app called Quipio (you can read more about it at TechCrunch). It’s super-simple to use — search for an image, type in the passage, and share. Here’s one I just created as part of a Twitter chat I’m doing for my new book, Self-Driven Learning:
Another one I use is a bookmarklet called Share As Image. It lets you highlight and enlarge text from any site, though it doesn’t let you add a photograph. I typically will create it, post it on Pinterest, and then grab the embed code from there to use on my blog. I just find that to be the quickest and easiest way to share. If you do that, though, I usually delete all the code right before “Source” because if you don’t, it makes it more difficult to post anything on a blog post after the embed without the next line looking weird.Here’s an example, again from my book:
Someecards lets you pick clip art and add your quotation. Here, again, I usually just pin it to Pinterest and use their embed code on my blog. Here’s an example:
Changemrkers lets you easily create a text “poster” that you can then share on social media. You have to upload your own image, though, as opposed to grabbing one off the web. Here’s one I created that I, again, posted to Pinterest and then used their embed code:
Thanks to Donna Baumbach, I’ve learned about Quozio, another super-easy way to create visually attractive quotations. Just type them in, or use a bookmarklet to highlight words on a page, and you’re given many display options. Here’s a simple one:
Thanks again to Donna Baumbach for another great tool to create visually attractive quotations.
Pinwords is especially nice because it’s web-based and lets you grab images off the web to use. Here’s an example:
QuotesCover is a new online tool that lets you either search for quotes or insert your own text and make it look uniquely attractive. No registration is required.
Here’s an example of a finished product, though there are many choices for font and color:
ReciteThis works in a similar way to the other tools on this list:
So, what tools am I missing?
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