Storify: Revolutionary Way to Write Stories

7 Oct
TOW #7
Social media is taking over my life! I get excited when someone follows me on Twitter, check my Facebook instinctively after signing online, half of my emails are from LinkedIn and my WordPress blog, and just today I caved into getting a Pinterest after being bugged multiple times by my roommates to get one.The main reason I love social media is for the quick retrieval of pieces of news and updates. However, you have to cut through all the trivial statuses about sitting at work, going to the gym, baking cookies, or feeding the dog, to get to the interesting newsworthy updates. Ever wish you could just compile all the tidbits of news that you hear on Twitter, Facebook,Youtube, Google, Flickr, etc. and create a great story from all of these sources?

A new website called Storify, allows you to do just that. Storify links Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and Google (just to name a few) on one platform in which you search a topic and then drag the elements you like and arrange them to create a story. Storify also notifies the sources in which you take your information from and cites your information for you! Storify is so easy to use and incredibly revolutionary. It is a great tool for journalists and bloggers alike to easily create stories with multiple elements. Storify was named by TIME as one of the 50 Best Websites of 2011.

I just discovered Storify on TIME’s list of Best Websites. Explore it and more must-see sites on

Twitter is full of pithy, smart stuff, much of which is seen by relatively few people before it is buried and forgotten. The best of it is worth preserving and sharing more broadly. Enter Storify, a clever service that lets you bundle up related tweets, TwitPics, Facebook updates, Flickr photos and other elements onto one page.
You can even check out this article about how professional journalists at The Washington Post and The New York Times have all embedded stories using Storify.

The Washington Post, The New York Times and the White House have all used the social reporting tool Storify to drag and drop tweets, posts and other media …
Storify makes news writing so much easier and less stressful. Readers are able to go to the original source via your article and check it for themselves. Story writing has never been easier. I guess all the PR pros were onto something with all this social media jazz! 😉
PS. I wrote this post using Storify


8 Responses to “Storify: Revolutionary Way to Write Stories”

  1. tholding October 15, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    I agree with you on the social media and how you kind of have to search through all the fluff to find the interesting. Even on Pinterest, which I am a new user of but slightly obsessed with, sometimes when you click on the different categories, you have to pass over all the unrelated things to find what you’re looking for. Storify seems like an interesting platform to use and kind of get what you are trying to find right away from all the different social media applications that you use.
    This was a very well written post. =)

    • rmlaflam October 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

      Yeah, it is hard sometimes to sort through all the fluff. I wonder if Pinterest will be added to Storify!

  2. lilhanlin October 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I loved the intro to this and how you transitioned from using something we do for fun and social communication into something that can be used for our career. The included articles were really interesting and demonstrated what you were saying really well. Nailed it! I

    • rmlaflam October 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  3. afurmage October 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    This is a great post! I enjoyed the way you pulled in outside sources that show how helpful Storify is for making a news story. I really wish I could have used Storify for my live blog assignment on an SEU Women’s Volleyball game, but not enough people would have Tweeted about it or posted YouTube videos. I love how Storify is so interactive and provides readers with multiple perspectives on the same event or issue. The Storify demo video is also very helpful for beginners using the program. I will definitely be referring back to your post whenever I use Storify.


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