Storify is an online aggregating tool. It provides a way of curating social media and web content, which can be represented in “narrative” form.
I confess that my use of Storify probably does not realise its full potential. I contend, however, that even my basic use of Storify has some powerful advantages. I use Storify to help solve two problems:
1) most legal education conferences I’ve attended do not seem to maintain a centralised digital repository about the event, or the knowledge shared at the event; and
2) there are lots of excellent events I do not get to attend, in which I would like to participate peripherally, and record for later use.
One solution is to partner Storify with Twitter. These days many events are “live tweeted” by a number of attendees, i.e. people tweet snippets of presentations, and their own observations from within the audience at the event. If the event is well-planned, the organisers will nominate a #hashtag for the event, in anticipation of it being live-tweeted, e.g. #FutureEd.
Using Storify, it is possible to collect all the tweets with that #hashtag together as a timeline. You can edit the timeline to remove duplicates and to improve its narrative quality. Other social media (e.g. Google+, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram) can be added to the Storify. When you’ve created the Storify, you can publish it, then share it via social media or email.
I’ve used this process for conferences, lectures, seminars, and Twitter discussions. Legal educators could also use Storify to aggregate subject content, or as a medium for group work. You can view a recent effort based on ANU’s “Blow up the Lecture” event.