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Tell a Compelling Story via Social Media


Social Media is the main buzz nowadays. I’m sure it is becoming more and more difficult to find inhabitants of this planet who have not been exposed to social media. Just some figures I found:

Facebook Stats(www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics)

  • More than 500 million active users
  • 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook

Twitter Stats(www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/twitter-user-statistics-r_n_537992.html)

  • Twitter now has 105,779,710 registered users.
  • New users are signing up at the rate of 300,000 per day.
  • Twitter users are, in total, tweeting an average of 55 million tweets a day.

YouTube Stats(www.website-monitoring.com/blog/2010/05/17/youtube-facts-and-figures-history-statistics/)

  • Exceeds 2 billion views a day
  • 24 hours of video uploaded every minute
  • Average person spends 15 minutes a day on YouTube

Just looking at those stats we realize the power of these networks. And there are so much more than just those 3 most popular sites. They provide terabyte upon terabyte of information. When television/news networks cover events, information is not only provided by their field reporters, information is supplied by many sources. These networks follow trends of events in social media sites, tracking updates from warm bodies who are actually in the scene and airing opinions of those who aren’t. Our hobby or habit of typing updates, letting the world know what is happening around us and what we feel about it can be harnessed to come up with a unique story.

Enter Storify. Storify is a web application used to tell stories with elements from social media like tweets, Facebook updates, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, blog entries or others. You can tell your own story, a school event, news that have global impact, a weather report, a disaster. Readers can go to the original sources quoted and also retweet or reply and interact. When you’re finished, you can let your sources know that you have cited them in your story. You can share it on your social network or embed it on your blog or website.

Visit storify.com and send an email to get an invite. Testing Storify, I created my own simple story about what I did for onedayonearth.org here.

I just added another storify… made it in 5 minutes… here is XS Dress Me A Literary!

Storify from Burt Herman on Vimeo.

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I have an online newspaper


I created my own online newspaper and I had fun doing it. It was easy, took just several minutes and I learned a lot… coolness. View my online newspaper here inthobpas.newscred.comNewsCred is a site where you can create your own newspaper. Their tagline: Create and Discover Newspapers About the Things You Love. Create your own newspaper in 60 seconds.

So how does it work? After signing up for a free account, you are prompted to select the topics you want published in your newspaper. You have control over what kind of content will appear. Preloaded with content from over 2500 news sources and blogs, you can select relevant, high quality multi-media material that interests you. The result, you have an online newspaper displaying news, features and interesting information personally suited to your preference. What’s more, you can write your editorials and really make it your own.

Your newspaper comes to life with high quality articles, blog posts, beautiful images, videos, Twitter buzz and more which you can share with friends. It could be a good project idea for a class where small groups could create newspapers and share with other groups. As owner of your newspaper, you can follow any newspaper in NewsCred.

Here are some interesting newspapers:

http://eflnews.newscred.com/ http://thecrimejournal.newscred.com/ http://entertainingtvnews.newscred.com/

Go create your newspaper and share it with us!

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