I love social media. Everyday a new site with a new superpower emerges and I become intrigued all over again. My newest baby is Storify. It allows you to capture posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr and Google Images and gather them in one place to tell a story.
I fell in love with Storify because it allowed me to catalog some of the great conversations I had with my Twitter followers. I first used Storify to capture the tweets of Whitney Houston’s funeral over a year ago. Since then, I’ve put together over 14 Storify stories for my blog and 12 professionally.
Based on my experience with Storify, here are some best practices:
- Use pictures. Images bring your story to life, so even if participants don’t tweet out picture, use the Instagram or Google Images features to include pictures that are relevant to the story you’re telling.
- Embed the slideshow into your website. There are two reasons for this: 1) the slideshow looks cool and 2) you want your viewers to stay on your website. I have had problems with the embedded code not showing when published. My solution has been to embed the code first and add the text later. I’ve never been able to get the slideshow to be visible in the visual feature even when it shows up upon publishing, so if you can’t see it there, don’t sweat it.
- Publicize your Storify story. Storify has a great publicize feature that allows you to inform every Twitter user mentioned in your Storify story that they have been mentioned. Using the feature validates participants, encourages them to share your story and makes them more like to participate in the future. If you are embedding the slideshow on your website, be sure to publish the story first, embed it in your website, then publicize the story. Be sure you replace the Storify generated link with your website link before publicizing your Storify story. Storify’s link sends people to your story on their website. You want to send viewers to your story on your website.
As much as I LOVE Storify, they do have some issues. I often encounter technical glitches and error messages when I’m attempting to search for tweets, embedding code (as mentioned earlier) and even logging in. These issues are very annoying and aggravating, but the product is so grand I usually endure. I hope Storify’s tech crew fix these issues sooner instead of later.
Anywho, for what you’ve really been waiting for. Angela Davis recently lectured at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and she shared AMAZING insight on sexism, racism, correctional institutions, Palestine and VOTING!!! Below you will find THE Angela Davis’ lecture, “More than a Vote” in tweets. Hope you enjoy!