Most people love a good story. I know I do. I first heard of Storify when reading an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Profhacker blog. Storify is a social media curating tool that makes it easy to gather content from a variety of sources and present it in a narrative. You can incorporate a mix of links, videos, pictures, social media posts and add commentary as well. You control what elements you want in your story.
I found Storify easy to use. You can use your Twitter or Facebook accounts to log into Storify or create a separate account (you will still have to connect to those accounts to add tweets or FB posts to your story). Storify interfaces with Facebook, YouTube,Twitter, Flickr, Google, Pinterest, RSS Feeds and more, which means you can search them to add content to your story. Once you identify the content you want to include, you drag and drop it into your story. With a click you can add commentary if you wish. It’s that simple. Once you publish your story it can be shared via the publicize feature. You can also embed a story into a web site or blog.
Here’s a quick video that demonstrates the basics.
Storify is free, but it does offer a “business” package with additional features, such as private stories, SEO optimization, custom embedding and more. Storify also has a free iPad App and a Chrome extension.
What is good for?
Many news organizations like to live blog developing events and public reaction to them. Here’s an example from CNN:
Some people like to record insightful tweets from professional conferences, whether it’s the entire conference or an individual session. Example:
No doubt there are other creative uses of Storify. Perhaps you work in public health and want to gauge what people are saying about vaccines on social media for a pitch for funding for a public service campaign. Or maybe you work in marketing at XYZ company and want to capture what people are saying about the company for a presentation. Or perhaps your teenage daughter is a big fan of a musician and she wants to capture the live twitter chat he had with his fans for her Live Journal.
Can you think of some practical applications for Storify? Let me know in comments.