Storify: Yay or Nay?

Have you ever been to a big event and thought to yourself, “Dang! I wish I could blog pictures and videos of this!”???  Well guess what?

YOU CAN!!!!  There is a nifty website called Storify which allows you to live blog any event.  What makes Storify so great is that it allows you to use content from Twitter, Facebook, Flikr, YouTube, and more with a simple drag and click function.

I wanted to see how other people are using Storify, so I googled it.  According to 7×7 website brand names Levi’s and Samsung are using it to collect and distribute brand information via social media.

Besides companies using it for social media purposes, regular day-to-day people (like ourselves) are using it as well!  It is being used for weddings, birthday parties, and what I am currently working on, a conference.

I am currently writing from Atlanta, Georgia because I am attending the 2011 Catalyst Conference.  I am putting together my Storify blog mostly with posts from Twitter.  The conference has been advertising using the hash tag #Cat11, so there are THOUSANDS of people tweeting “twitpics”, videos, websites, etc.  This has made it really easy for me to put together my Storify.

Galley Cat gives some tips on how to effectively use Storify:

1. Collect all stories surrounding a piece of literary news. We made a Storify post about how publishing folks responded to the earthquake in Virginia. Start with a news story, and then mix in social network opinions.

2. Create a tribute to your favorite author. We built a quick collection of tributes to Steve Jobs last night.  We started with a news story about Jobs, adding video and Twitter tributes.

3. Collect book reviews and articles about a new book. As you can see this post on Haruki Murakami‘s Norwegian Wood, we included a Google Books link, social media responses, Flickr photos and news stories about the book.

4. Preserve news and ideas from a publishing conference or industry expo. From book parties to BookExpo America to the Publishing App Expo, most of our posts about an event evaporate within weeks. Save all your posts and digital photographs in a single Storify page so you never lose the experience.

5. Highlight a specific literary conversation on Twitter or Facebook. When Twitter hashtags likeUndatable in Lit or Why I Write get popular on Twitter, you can link to the article that started it all, save your favorite posts and share them with readers on Storify. Follow the same formula for literary controversies on Facebook like the “I Hate Reading” Facebook page.


As you can see, Storify is extremely resourceful and also a lot of fun!


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