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Storify adds a way to collaborate on breaking news

Storify now has a way for journalists to collaborate on breaking news, Livefyre announced Tuesday. Storify Enterprise, which was previously Storify VIP, lets several people “simultaneously add text or content in real-time, see who else is working on the story at any moment and access the editing history to clearly identify what changes were made by whom,” according to a post on Livefyre by Samantha Hauser.

“Covering stories has always been a collaborative process, and that’s even more true when you’re sifting through huge volumes of social media for a breaking story or brand campaign. While part of the team seeks out great photos and quotes, others craft the story and give context,” explained Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify and vice president of editorial at Livefyre.

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Twitter’s custom timelines won’t kill Storify but could become robust filters

Twitter announced Tuesday a “custom timelines” feature that seems to mimic many of Storify’s functions. But is it a Storify killer?

All Tweetdeck users will soon be able to drop individual tweets into a “custom timelines” column with a name and short description. Then, those curated timelines are publicly accessible and can be embedded and shared. Read more

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Storify sold to Livefyre

Livefyre has bought Storify, whose online tool makes it easy to tell stories using tweets and other media, the companies announced Monday.

Storify’s free product will continue, the release says. Its paid products, currently offered by tiers, will be merged into one offering.

Storify cofounders Xavier Damman and Burt Herman will move to Livefyre along with their product, as will Storify’s employees. Read more


Storify launches redesign that elevates popular social media elements

The newly redesigned Storify, which launches today, makes it easier for people to search for relevant content. Now, instead of featuring popular Storifies,’s home page features specific social media elements — photos, tweets, videos and articles — that have the most resonance, says co-founder Burt Herman.

The redesign will make it easier for journalists to see the most popular curated content within Storify and re-Storify, share, like and comment on it. Herman said the redesign advances Storify’s goal of helping people cut through the noise on social media and find elements they can use to tell a meaningful story.

Storify, he said, is using a new algorithm to determine which elements have the most resonance.

“We really wanted to find ways to use the data to find the best of what people are putting in their Storifies,” Herman said by phone.  Read more

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How social media helped tell the story of the Democratic National Convention

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites have generally been treated as tools to produce or distribute a traditional story.

But increasingly, journalists are starting to see greater potential in social media sites.

While covering last week’s Democratic National Convention as part of The Charlotte Observer’s social media team, I was reminded of how social media can also be a storytelling tool and, in some cases, the story itself.

Storytelling with social media

One of the ways I used social media as a storytelling tool during the convention was to compile tweets that told a linear story. You can do this by using Storify or by embedding tweets in the HTML of an article page.

Tweets are great for illustrating how an event unfolded. Half an hour before my shift ended Monday night, a colleague turned to me and asked, “Hey, did you see that tweet about a protest happening?” I hadn’t, but it didn’t take long to find it. Read more

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Journalist had temporary access to Romney campaign’s Storify account

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Like any good community engagement editor, The (Lansdale, Pa.,) Reporter’s Andy Stettler spent his Saturday afternoon signing in to Storify to do some storifying. But after logging in via his Twitter account, Stettler discovered “to my shock I was inside the Storify account of the GOP presidential candidate’s campaign.” He backed out without changing anything, but documented the case using screenshots and (of course) Storify. Storify Co-founder Burt Herman tells me the company jumped right on the problem:

The technical reason behind this was due to an error with caching user tokens on our site, and we have deployed a fix that will resolve the problem. We are also redoing at a deeper level how user authentication works on Storify to ensure we have stronger security.

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Storify introduces new feature to make individual story elements more sharable

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Storify has introduced a new feature that enables users to share individual social media posts within a story. Users, for instance, can now share a tweet on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ or via email right from the Storify that the post is embedded in.

Co-founder Burt Herman, who announced the feature at the Mashable Connect conference Friday, said it gives users more opportunities to share Storify content across multiple platforms. Read more


Storify iPad app should draw more users and live coverage

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Storify’s brand-new iPad app unveiled this morning should extend the curation tool to new, more-casual users and increase the live-blogging of conferences and events.

The new Storify iPad app enables easy, intuitive story building.

In general, the app offers the same service the Web version of Storify does. But its touch-based interface is more intuitive for drag-and-drop story building. And the availability on a portable device now means more people can Storify an event live. There’s also a new feature to tweet from within the app, so you can quickly post your own updates while curating others’. Read more

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Storify was created through classic innovation process

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Burt Herman tells the Post’s Innovations blog that Storify, which has become a popular way to assemble bits of social media into a story, was created through a classic process of innovating through iteration and user feedback.

“We had an earlier product that we were working on, which was was all about Twitter and making it look more readable for normal people, and that ended up not being as engaging. We actually did an experiment with a thing that let you embed a single tweet into a post, and that seemed to really have a lot of interest …  So we went in that direction … It’s not at all that we sat down at first and figured out what this was going to look like from scratch.”

In another video Herman says that social media is great material for a story, but isn’t a story in itself. Read more


Three trends from 2011 that will reshape digital news in 2012

If you’re like me, by now you’ve read more than enough uninspired recaps of what happened in 2011 or wild guesses at what’s in store for 2012. So here’s something a little different.

I looked back at the world of digital journalism to find just a few trends and ideas that started small in 2011 and will grow larger in 2012. Here’s what I found.

1. A story is more than one writer’s words

This year will be the last when the word “story” referred almost exclusively to a single stream of words written by a single author.

Storify started testing in 2010, but the revolutionary storytelling tool launched publicly in April 2011 and won this year’s grand prize in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. Read more


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