Media, Twitter and Storify

Friday night saw the Internet Party Party hit Wellington. I have already blogged about their little fuax pas related to the Party Party. But what I do want to talk about is what Jessica Williams, Political Editor at RadioLive, has done using Storify.


Firstly lets talk about Storify. Storify is designed to allow people to amalgamate information from various web sources, including social media, into a coherent story. At a basic level it can be seen as a more aesthetically pleasing way to present what you would find on a hashtag. However, its ability to pull in content from other sources is what makes it potentially so powerful.


On Saturday Jessica tweeted:


I am not sure where she found the cover photo for the storify from, but it works. I will leave you to go and have a look at the tweets that have been included.




But I think this is a great idea. It is the next step along from the media using Twitter. It was rather interesting following the Tweets from Jessica, Lloyd, Sarah and Elle on Friday night. They gave an insight into the inner elements of the Party Party that we wouldn’t have other wise seen in the news product that these reporters would produce for their news organisations. I see Storify being useful for events like the Party Party, where there are a number of reporters attending an event that extends over a longer period of time and isn’t focused on a single point of interest.


This is another example, along with Stuffs Beehive Live blog,  of the media trying different formats to leverage their Twitter, and other social media, usage. As I said above, Storify is better suited to certain types of events than others, just like Beehive Live. However the only way to learn what works is to try, and it is good to see the media trying things.