Storify has been acquired by Livefyre, a web publishing services company. I was excited about Storify when it was launched in 2010 because it told the news in a new way. What made Storify different was that it told the news using what people were saying on social media.
Tweets from Twitter, status updates from Facebook, news from Google News, videos from YouTube, images from Flickr, Instagram, can all be put together and published in a Storify post. The post can also be embedded on WordPress and other websites.
Now you can also embed tweets directly from Twitter on your website, without using Storify. Google+ has also just launched embeds. So one no longer needs Storify to compile and curate what’s being posted on social media. I haven’t used it for a while. But I still have a soft corner in my heart for Storify.
As the Nieman Journalism Lab says:
“Since its launch in 2010, Storify has been a unique company on the journalism landscape. While there have been plenty of new technologies developed to help harness the power of Twitter and Facebook for use in news, Storify represented a set of tools for journalists developed by a journalist — Burt Herman is a former AP correspondent. The company’s growth in recent years has been fueled by the continued growth of Twitter, particularly as a breaking news engine. Many newsrooms and individual journalists have come to rely on Storify as a way to corral tweets, raw video footage, and discussion. In 2011, the company raised $2 million in funding from Khosla Ventures.”
Here is the Twitter embed of the Nieman Journalism Lab story. Clicking on the links will take you to the full story.
What happens to Storify now that it has been acquired by Livefyre? http://t.co/vySob2ES6g
— Nieman Lab (@NiemanLab) September 9, 2013
Below is a Google+ embed of another story about Storify.
Still, embeds are easier on Storify. Here’s a collection of news stories about the Storify sale which I put together, using Storify. Click on the links and read what the media is saying about Livefyre’s acquisition of Storify.
See below my favourite Storify post. Of all the Storify posts I have created, this is my favourite. These are real-time tweets and news stories about the 2011 Pulitzer prizes. It is a record of what people said at the time.