Embeddable user-generated content has been around for many years now, and it has added a lot of interesting context and value to many articles and blog posts. More types of embeddable content have recently been made available from major web services like Facebook, Twitter, and reddit, so it seemed like a good time to write a post about a bunch of different types of content you can embed in your own posts to make them more interesting.
What types of content do you embed in your blog posts? Let us know in the comments.
I'm not saying this will cover all your options, but it certainly gives you quite a few.
Reddit announced the ability to embed comments just last week. To use the feature, just go to a comment's permalink page, click on the "embed" link, and grab the code.
Reddit is a treasure trove of commentary on many subjects, so this feature should be able to add significant value to blog posts. The feature should be priceless for AMAs alone.
YouTube, Vimeo, and Other Video Platforms
Videos are one of the most obvious things to embed, and there's a ton of video content out there. Just remember it's not all on YouTube. That said, there's a ton of great content on YouTube too, and the vast majority can easily be embedded. YouTube has often been called the world's second largest search engine. That's because you can search and find content on pretty much any topic. Are you taking advantage of that fact?
You don't have to limit your video-embedding to recorded video. Live platforms such as Livestream and Ustream also let you embed content on your site:
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
While we're on the subject of video, Facebook just launched video embeds last week at its f8 developer conference. Users have long been able to embed Facebook posts that contain videos, but now, you can just embed the videos themselves. I don't know if you've heard, but Facebook is becoming an increasingly popular place for videos. Often these are videos you won't find on YouTube or anywhere else.
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Twitter also recently launched video embeds. Twitter's native video offering itself is still relatively new, but earlier this month, they added the embed feature, enabling you to embed the video without the tweet, pretty much like Facebook's offering.
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Then of course there's Twitter's other video service Vine, which has countless six-second videos you can potentially use.
Obviously you can find plenty of other videos as well as photos on Instagram. And guess what. They're embeddable too! Unless they're private that is.
I'm a big fan of the embeddable Twitter widget. It's a nice way to display the current conversation around any given topic in real time. Just go to your settings, find the widgets section, and hit "create new". From there, you'll be able to create one based on a user timeline, a user's favorites, tweets from a Twitter list, tweets from a particular search or hashtag, or content from collections.
I use the search widgets in articles fairly often. It's also nice that they're customizable.
When you're done, just hit "create," and you'll get your embed code.
The user timeline widgets are good for keeping tabs on what a particular account is tweeting.
Of course you can always embed good old fashioned tweets:
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Or Facebook posts:
Or Google+ posts:
Or Tumblr posts:
You can embed quotes from Quora conversations. Just highlight the text, and you'll be presented with the option:
Click "embed," and you'll get the code.
WhoSay is a great source of content from celebrities, and posts are embeddable. I would go so far as to say this is among the best places to get Tim Daly content.
Another good place to find embeddable celebrity photos as well as other photography is Getty Images. Just make sure you're using the content they're specifically offering up for embedding. About a year ago, Getty announced its embed tool, which lets you search through over 50 million images and share them for free, legally.
Actually, they have a pretty good Tim Daly selection too.
Flickr is always another viable option for images:
As is Imgur:
While you can certainly upload your own content for embedding, as you can with any of these services, there's a lot of good content at your disposal on SlideShare. This includes nice image slideshows as well as more informative presentations. Slideshows can't hurt your time on page metric either.
Infographics that companies put out often come with embed codes attached to them. They're made for people to share on their websites, so this makes it easier to do so.
Scribd is good for when you want to embed documents. It's often used by publications covering lawsuits and other legal proceedings, for example.
Maybe you want to embed some audio. SoundCloud makes this easy.
Spotify doesn't make it quite as easy, but you can still do it. They used let you right-click on a song and get embed code. Now, it looks like you have to use the Play Button generator. To do that, right-click on the song, and copy the URL. Then go to the generator tool, paste the link in where it tells you, and it will give you the code.
As you can see above, the embeds themselves do give you an embed option, so others can grab the code from there.
You can always embed maps from Google or Bing, should the occasion call for it. For Google, find a place, and click the gear icon at the bottom to get to the embed option.
For Bing, you can find the embed option in the "Share" button at the top.
If you want to embed weather information, Weather Underground has you covered. There are a variety of embeddable "stickers" you can chose from here.
Click for weather forecast
I'm sure I missed some, so if you have additional ideas for embeddable content, please feel free to mention them in the comments.