Written by: Kelly Turner
Primary Source: Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures
Storify is a social media platform with the goal of telling stories or narratives through other social media posts. With a layout that’s a hybrid of Facebook and Pinterest, this platform is quickly gaining an audience with social media “storytellers”. Storify is probably most commonly used in articles to report on events that are heavily discussed or covered through social media. By using direct links to specific tweets, Facebook posts, Google+ posts, YouTube videos, Instagram or Flickr photos, and other outside sources, Storify restructures and condenses these posts into a congruent newsfeed that then tells a story.
Each post requires a title and description, but the body of the story is up to you. In the sidebar, choose the social media tab you wish to pull posts from, and then you can either search by a keyword or user to find what you’re looking for. To input specific posts, use the link tab and paste the direct link of the specific post you’re looking for, the posts will be generated in the sidebar. Drag-and-drop posts from the sidebar and simply click between posts in the story feed to slip titles or captions into the narrative.
One flaw that I found was in importing posts from Facebook. I wanted to add comments from a post on a Facebook page. Every time I pasted the link, the post didn’t generate correctly and the body of the post didn’t even show up. By reaching out to Storify on Twitter (@storifyhelp), I figured out that I had to download the Storify extension on my Chrome browser. This allowed me to right click on the comment and say “Add to Storify” and the post showed up in My Collection under the Storify tab in the sidebar.
Overall, Storify is a brilliant site that bridges the gaps between social media platforms and helps us tell our stories through the new, digital short form that is today’s writing.