What is it?
Storify is an online program which allows users to compile posts, tweets, status updates, videos, and many other types of social media into a sequential narrative. By combining these different pieces, it allows someone to create something new with those bits. It can be used to show a particular topic being presented through a diverse media lens, or it can be used to show a discussion thread as a means of telling a story. In libraries this is an effective tool for talking about an organization’s history using a range of sources. An example of this is with the Hunt Library in North Carolina State University, where the story of its existence is told through tweets, newspaper articles, and blog posts linked into a narrative. Storify can also be used to show the progress of a particular project; one example being Edmonton Journal writer Elise Stolte’s use of Storify to give a virtual tour of the new Jasper Place Branch as it was being constructed.
Other library-related uses for Storify can be to promote a library service with testimonials from different people. Another idea could be to present a successful program through a series of photos, Facebook posts from happy patrons, and a newspaper article about it.
How do I get set up?
Okay, I’m signed up. Now What?
First of all, do you have an account with other social media sites? If you don’t, your best bet is to go get set up with them so you can have the best possible experience with Storify. If you do, then let’s proceed.
Go to ‘Create Story’ to get started. On the left side you’ll see a blank canvas. On the right is a search bar with multiple sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, etc. You can customize that list by clicking on the ‘+’ next to them and adding others.
One popular use of Storify is to show a sequence of tweets to tell a story. Click on the Twitter tab, type something into the search bar, and you will see a list of results. From there, drag the items you want over to the left side. Once you have pulled the items over, you can drag them up and down to adjust the sequence. You are also able to add text to provide background or commentary between items by using ‘Add Text’.
Storify will prompt you to advertise your story on Twitter, Facebook, and whatever other social media you are using. Also, you can notify the people whose items you used in your story by having their pictures checked. Alternatively, you can un-check them to not notify.
Now your story is published and you can view it in your profile. You have many options for sharing it on the left side, and you can also go in and edit your story at any time. As you can see, it’s very simple to create a story so why not give it a try. Once you’ve made and published something with Storify, blog about the experience and add the link so readers can check it out.
Let’s Take it Further
Storify VIP is the premium service of Storify. Unlike the basic version, this one is only available to media organizations and publishers. It has a number of advanced features such as live-blogging (posting about a live event and generating a story in real-time) and the ability for multiple editors to access a story.