Why Storify? History, Uses & Best Practices

Someone asked me "Why Storify?" ... this is some of what I came up with


  1. Mid-term elections, cities crippled by snow, a homicide epidemic, and hundreds of bicycles materializing in the middle of late-night traffic — they’re not just news stories, they’re ongoing experiences.

    That led Burt Herman, a former AP bureau chief and correspondent, to re-evaluate the way that news organizations research and assemble their stories. The result is Storify, a tool that allows editors and reporters to integrate social media into their stories faster and more interactively than ever before.

    Rather than copying and pasting status updates, tweets, and Flickr photos, reporters can use Storify to rapidly compile dynamic social media elements that readers can retweet or reply to by clicking within an article.

  2. According to the below story, "Storify 

    Highlight voters’ reactions/politicians’ posts from various social networks. Storify is a great tool for organizing social media stories because it enables you to pull together Facebook posts and tweets and add context to them. Several news organizations used Storify last year on Election Day to highlight voters’ voices.

    Help your audience make sense of the stream of information they’re consuming on social networks. Using Storify, you can help your audience find news that’s relevant to them. The Herald in Everett, Wash.,used Storify last year to pull together relevant election night content from its own site and other news sites.

    Compare and contrast local politicians’ tweets, Facebook posts. The Washington Post used Storify to compare the tweets of two local mayors in the aftermath of a storm. One mayor used Twitter to post vague bits about plowing in the city, while the other mayor used Twitter to ask residents about their needs.