How to create stories using Storify

Storify is an amazing tool for curating content from social media such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Instagram. It’s a useful way to look back at an event or specific chat that you can then share with others.

The beauty of Storify is that you can use it to pull together information on whatever you want, can customise it and then share your story on the site and through your social media channels.

It’s useful for events, news on particular topics, or fundraising and awareness raising campaigns.

You don’t have to base it around hashtags but I usually do.

How do I join Storify?

If you’re not already a member, you need to go to www.storify.com and sign up.

You can just create a username and password or log in using Twitter or Facebook.

How do you create a Storify story?

1. Click the green ‘new story’ button in the top right corner of the screen and give your Storify a headline and a brief description to say what it’s about. Using key words will make your story more easily findable in search.

2. You can start adding elements to your story from platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram and SoundCloud.

To see the full range of options available for importing content, click the ‘plus’ button to the right of the dashboard.  You can also re-order these options by dragging and dropping so your favourites are more accessible.

3. To import posts from Twitter, you can search by @username as well as by key words or hashtags. If you get a lot of results, you can narrow them down by excluding retweets, or by choosing to show only tweets with links.

You can narrow your results further by searching for tweets posted within a specific location, but this only works if a user has enabled geo-location on their Twitter account.

4. To add media from Twitter or any other platform, just drag and drop the elements into your Storify. You can reshuffle these elements and click anywhere within the editing box to add section headings or descriptive text.

Your Storify will save as you work, so don’t panic about hitting the save button.

5. To delete an element, hover over it and click the cross that appears. You can also preview how your finished story will look in the dropdown underneath the ‘draft’ button on the top left.

6. When you’re done, click ‘publish’.

Sharing your Storify

  • Once you’ve published your Storify, a pop-up will appear offering you the option to tweet to notify people who have been mentioned in your Storify. Do it. This is a great way to drive more views to your story.
  • Storify also offers a number of options for sharing on social media in the dropdown at the top right of the screen.
  • You can also share individual elements of a story using the share option which appears when you hover over a post.
  • You can also generate an embed code using the button at the top left to place your Storify on your website.
  • Share your Storify across your social media channels far and wide.

Extra tips

  • A word of warning – the default cover image of your Storify will be taken from the first element of your story, providing it has an image attached.
  • You can change the default cover image by hovering over a post in preview or published view, and selecting the ‘image’ button.
  • Once published, you can change the way your Storify appears. You can choose from classic story, grid or slideshow (which is great for image-led stories) just click the template button on the top right.
  • Once your Storify is published, you can give it a custom URL to make it more SEO friendly. Go to the ‘notify’ button on the dropdown.
  • You can follow other Storify users to see their content in your home feed, and you can also like and comment on other stories to help build engagement.
  • To post a comment, hover over an individual story element and click the commenting option that appears.

If you want to schedule some tweets including your Storify check out my blog on 5 free Twitter scheduling tools. 

Here’s an example from my previous job of an engagement event which I captured using Storify.

 

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