The story on Storify

With all the social media outlets and ways to share information, it’s easy to get bogged down with too much information. Thankfully, there is a useful tool called Storify that allows you to combine information — including pictures, tweets, videos and text — from various social media sites. And these aggregates can be embedded anywhere for easy sharing with family, friends, colleagues, etc.

Storify, which boasts early users such as The Washington Post, Yahoo! News and the Los Angeles, is useful in many ways. It is often used to compile information about the weather, such as during or after an intense storm. Political events like debates and breaking government news are often compiled for Storify; additionally, Storify is used to monitor people’s reactions to these debates and other happenings. With the upcoming NBA draft, I’m sure many people will create aggregates on certain players and teams and how they were affected by the draft.

But Storify’s potential is not limited to just politics, weather and sports. One of the best parts about Storify, in my opinion, is that you can compile information about anything. In fact, with all the people in my Social Media class tweeting about social media using the hashtag #jmc327, we could even use Storify to combine all that information.

However, you are not limited to just using Twitter posts in Storify. To get the most well-rounded aggregate, you can compile information from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Google and more. And although all this sounded quite intimidating to me at first, it’s incredibly easy to use Storify. Simply type in a keyword or phrase into the search bar and toggle between the various social media outlets, dragging the information from the left side of the page to the right. After that, merely enter text as you please and you have an aggregate.

In this day and age, people’s attention spans are shrinking rapidly. Not many people have the time, energy or patience to read an entire article that spans three pages on the Internet. Storify allows you to combine information quickly and easily, and readers can skim through the story you created as fast or slowly as they want.

Although I can think of many great uses for Storify, I imagine using it to record facts and opinions about natural disasters would be one of the most effective uses. For example, after the recent earthquake in Japan, I looked at many different news and social media sites, trying to get the most complete story possible. But had I found a story from Storify instead, I could have read the same information much more easily and quickly.

I can see myself creating stories on and reading stories from Storify in the future. It’s a fast, effective way to share and receive information, and in these changing times, that seems to be just what people need.



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