What is it?
Storify is a social network service that allows you to create a story or overview by pulling content from several different social media networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram. This way you can create overviews of news coverage for different events, collect a number of your tweets to get the entirety of an argument in one place, create your own story about an event, or curate the highlights of a conference. Storify is a powerful storytelling tool, that allows you to harness and preserve social media posts, which are by nature more ephemeral.
What can it do for me?
You can use Storify to create a rich-media article to explain your research to the public as these British scientists did with their air pollution research. They created a Storify on their research and used it as a call to action for citizen scientists. Or you could use it to recap a public event meant to reach out to the general public, allowing your answers to be available beyond the moment.
You can also use Storify as a teaching tool, whether it is to archive previous sessions, like Nottingham Vet School did for their Twitter Revision Sessions , or as a way to let your students process their research on the fly as was done in this Politics of Reading seminar.
All the usual caveats as to privacy and social media apply, but in the case of Storify there is an addition element that is of concern. This isn't so much a concern for the person who is creating a Storify as it is a concern for everyone with a Facebook account, as Storify allows you to add Facebook updates that are shared privately as if they were public. Unlike protected Tweets, which Twitter won't allow you to add, Facebook updates seem fair game. As such it is important for anybody creating a Storify using Facebook updates to double check the privacy setting on the post in question and if it was shared privately, to get permission before including it.
Pros & Cons
- An alternative, media-rich way to convey information;
- Versatile in its applications;
- Easy to draw together content from several different social media platforms.
- The free version has limited layout options;
- Content has to be online; you can't add media from a hard drive or USB stick.