Just going to link up all my Storify’s on one quick post so it’s easier for them to be accessed!
- Sport Relief 2012 – A Storify covering the events during the day of Sport Relief back in March.
- Can you see the stars? – A Storify about the issue of light pollution around the world that is stopping most people in built up areas to see the stars.
- Sonisphere Festival cancelled! – A Storify highlighting the shock from festival goers and those in the music industry about one of the most popular UK festivals cancellation this year.
- Pottermore – After the Harry Potter online experience was opened to the public in April, I made a Storify documenting some of the best bits of the site and the general response.
- Man City v Wolves – The outcome of this match saw Wolves be the first team to be relegated from the Premiership to the Championship. A Storify documenting the highlights of the match and the support from the fans.
- Avengers Assemble – One of the most highly anticipated films of the year was released a couple of weeks ago and received a great response. I used Storify to tell Marvel’s Avengers story and show just how popular the new film is.
Okay, so after four weeks at home, I’ve finally almost finished my individual project made up of 6-7 Storify projects. I had so much fun making them and reading them that I definitely think I’m going to keep on using the site. Curating social media to make a story is such a good idea, and one that I think can be very useful.
I’ll admit I didn’t do as much research as I probably should have but there was a reason for this. There didn’t seem to be many ‘professional’ Storify’s out there that I could base mine on. A lot of them looked very amateur and although that is kinda the point of Storify, I thought some users didn’t have any finesse when it came to bringing stories together.
The Guardians Storify was quite good, and I particularly liked the one they posted last week on the Tottenham Court Road bomb scare. This brought together photographs people had tweeted, interviews people has conducted and tweets that informed me as to what was happening. With me not being in London at the time, I found this very informative – more informative than reading a plain Jane article from the BBC.
One thing I wanted to avoid on Storify was what Metro UK did when they released their Storify on the new Dark Knight trailer. Simply titled, The Dark Knight Rises Twitter buzz, the Storify just dumped a handful of tweets together from people that had commented on the trailers release. I didn’t feel that by doing this Metro UK achieved anything. I could go into Twitter and search ‘Dark Knight trailer’ and bring up more results than that. The Storify had nothing interesting about it, whereas with most of mine, I tried to incorporate pictures, videos where it was necessary or my own writing to give each story some backbone.
So I have done six Storify’s in total. The first one I made was on Sport Relief when I was getting to grips with Storify’s features. The second was focussed on the Sonisphere Festival cancellation which shocked the music industry and festival goers all over the UK. After this, I did a shorter project called ‘Can you see the stars?’ based on an article that not many people in the world can see the stars due to light pollution. When Pottermore got released a few weeks ago, Harry Potter fans all over the world rejoiced so I did a Storify on this pretty much straight away as Pottermore was taking over my own Twitter feed. The response to Pottermore was massive. The other small Storify I did was on the Man City v Wolves match a couple of weeks ago which left Wolves relegated to the Championship. Lots of football fans were tweeting and commenting about this so I thought it would be a good opportunity to write about something I don’t usually do. The most recent project I have created was on the new Disney Marvel film, Avengers Assemble which has been a long time coming. The press and public were very excited about this release, so on my Storify I discussed the run-up to the release.
So that’s all I’ve got for now! I might create another Storify when the winner of the London Mayor elections are announced.
The site has been live for almost three days now, and has had mixed reviews, some users being terribly excited by the exclusive content that JK Rowling has written, whereas others are skeptical about whether the website is any good at all.
Users are able to sign up to the website and take part in Harry Potter experiences like receving a wand and being sorted into houses.
As only the first book is able to be ‘played’ at the moment, I may create another Storify on the response of the Chamber of Secrets book, depending on when it is opened to the public!
So, it’s been decided that instead of covering one big story and creating a Storify project of it, I will be doing a number of storify’s on different stories. This means that I’m going to be making quite a few, some longer than others.
I’m aiming to make approximately another three or four projects. I must admit, I am finding them quite interesting. I really like searching through all of the social media streams.