Expert Review: Storify

  • What can you do with this tool? What kinds of stories is it good for?

“Storify helps make sense of what people post on social media. Our users curate the most important voices and turn them into stories.” – Storify

Storify allows users to grab drag-and-drop objects from the web and embed them into new stories while maintaining the functionality of the object (for example, a tweet can be favorited or retweeted, a  Youtube video can be played, etc.). Storify is great for trend stories or stories when you want to curate a mass of opinions taken from, say, Twitter.

Example: The Berkeley Beacon  did a story about reactions to a satirical article about Emerson that was taken seriously. We curated Twitter reactions to show that most readers who tweeted about the piece fell for the joke. See HERE.

Storify also allows you to search for content to include in your post.

One downside is that Storify doesn’t provide your site with the SEO benefits of traffic to your story, so you’ll want to link heavily back to your own website (if that’s important to you).

  • How do you get started using it? Link to tutorials or help docs or resources that are useful for learning this tool.

THIS ARTICLE is great for providing how-tos for several different kinds of stories you can tell with Storify including curating responses to an event, grabbing posts based on a topic, creating a timeline of an event — and then notifying the people included in your post that they are part of the conversation.

  • How easy or hard is it? What skills do you need to become proficient in it?

Storify is super easy. You don’t have to know how to code; you just drag and drop objects into your post!

  • Would you recommend this to a friend? Will you consider using it for your final data story?

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is covering an event of some sort or is curating responses on a specific topic. I’m not sure it will be useful for my story in particular, but it’s easy enough that I have it in my toolkit for future projects.

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