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Posted: July 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: professional development, storytelling | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Want to stay up-to-date? Use RSS and Twitter.

That is all.

Or is it?

In this post last year, I gushed about RSS and Twitter as being THE ways to keep up-to-date. My opinion has not changed. However, as part of CPD23, I am playing with Storify to see if there are more ways to stay up-to-date.

For the uninitiated, here’s an explanation from the guided tour page: “Storify lets you curate social networks to build social stories, bringing together media scattered across the Web into a coherent narrative… Drag and drop status updates, photos or videos to bring together the social media elements that will best illustrate your story… A Storify story is more than just a collection of elements from social media. It’s also your opportunity to make sense of what you’ve pulled together. You can write a headline, introduction and insert text anywhere inside your story. You can add headers, hyperlinks and styled text. Build a narrative and give context to your readers.”

Here is my Storify about my current musical obsession, My Brightest Diamond.

In this – my first Storify – I chronicle a taste of My Brightest Diamond’s recent visit to Australia.



There’s a cool library Storify of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library ‘being born’ here. Of course Storify is also great for collating, storing and sharing tweets from an event, or any tweet chat. Check out @ellenforsyth‘s compilation of @love2read2012‘s twitter chat about #dream reading over here.

After my first experiment with Storify, I find it to be a fun, clever tool for curating social media and other online snapshots of happenings.  It is great for people who prefer visual stories rather than those laden with text. Storify is not just another way to tell a story with social media, like live-tweeting or documenting via Instagram. Rather, it is an evolved social media tool. The act of creating the story is artistic, like scrap-booking – piecing bits from here and there; tweets, video and links to articles, and so on. Storify is especially successful – and original (to my knowledge) – as it creates a narrative, not just a list of links.

So yes, I do think reading people’s Storify stories is a great way of keeping up-to-date. Of course, as with any knowledge pursuit, be aware of authorship/curatorship validity and factual recency. My heart, however, still belongs to RSS and twitter, but I imagine I will use Storify a little now too.

With content creation and digital curation of community happenings being a major player in future/currently switched-on libraries, I can see a place for creating and archiving Storify stories in libraries.

Do you know any great examples to share? Does your library use Storify? And non-Libraryland folk: do you, or your workplace use Storify?


p.s. For something very recent, very real and disturbing, and immeasurably sad, you may want to read this Storify: How news spread of the “Dark Knight Rises” shooting.