23 Things for Research – Thing 9: Storify

I have been looking forward to getting to Thing 9 because I have never used Storify, nor did I know what it is.

  • What is Storify?

Storify is a place where you can bring together lots of content from the web into one place to create a story. You can use Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, instagram, and Google to search for your stories, as well as embed URL. You can narrow your search down even further within these social media sites. If you use Twitter, for example, to find the information you want, you can search under images, timeline, user, list, and favourites.

Looking at stories that people have created, there are a number of formats used. A magazine has collated together photos of celebrities in their Halloween outfits. A news company have used Storify to bring together lots of details on a news story and people’s opinions on it. A university have put together photos and videoes of a graduation ceremony.

Storify is helpfully divided into sections on the homepage for you to find stories relevant to your needs. The sections are news, universities, conferences, government, NGOs, and brands.

  • My story

I found Storify confusing to start off with, which annoyed me but I think that’s something you experience when you use any new service. That’s probably how I felt when I first used Twitter. I found Storify confusing as soon as I signed in. It took me a little while to figure out how to search. To start off with everything I tried searching in Facebook came back with an error message so I moved on to Twitter, which I had more success with.

I find it a little strange that the search results bring back other people’s tweets and that you are free to use them. I opted to use my own tweets by searching for myself as a user. It was interesting to look at my tweets and see the theme that runs through them. I tried to reflect this in the short story that I created. You can find it here: http://storify.com/Helen281/my-twitter-feed

  • How could libraries use Storify?

I am not sure how valuable Storify would be to a library other than for fun. The library could put together photos of library tours or inductions that they have done, although why this would be useful after they have taken place I’m not sure. I don’t think the library users would be likely to want to look at that kind of thing. I see that one library has collated nice comments that library users have made about the library (http://storify.com/aarontay/new-story2), which is a good idea. I don’t see Storify evolving to become a tool that libraries use extensively though.

  • How could I use Storify?

It might be fun to collate friends’ photos, posts, and tweets from a social occasion to distribute amongst them as a fond memory but I don’t think I will be adopting Storify professionally. It could be useful for collating tweets for my CILIP Chartership portfolio, perhaps, although I don’t know whether that would present an advantage over just putting them into a Word document. I’m not sure how interactive these new e-portfolios are going to be. Maybe it would be ok to create a link to a website.

I haven’t seen any other librarians go crazy over Storify so I’m guessing that it hasn’t been adopted so readily as other social media sites.

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