Jon Root, digital editor for the Herald News in Fall River, Mass., used Storify to curate rememberances of 9/11 on social media. The anniversary of 9/11 is a perfect topic for Storify.
WHAT HE DID: Using Storify, he searched for Facebook and Twitter references to 9/11 from the Fall River area.
He said: "The searching part was tricky, but I finally hit the jackpot when I:
"1) Did a Twitter search for #wtc OR #neverforget OR #nyc of tweets within 10 km of fall river, ma
"2) Did a Facebook search for “Fall River” and local 9-11 event locales, like Battleship Cove"
THE TAKEAWAY: Storify makes mining social media for local reaction to either national or local events easy. Root says it took him about 15 minutes to pull his 9/11 Storify together. Once you start using it, the opportunities to use it begin to make themselves clear.
As Root himself said: "it’s just so easy once you know where to look, and how to share it and embed it. Which isn’t that hard.
"Don’t have a photographer for opening weekend of youth soccer or T-ball? Storify.
"Football games? Storify.
"Weather event? Storify.
"Local reactions to any national event? Storify.
"First day of school? Storify."
Root's first Storify was when torrential downpours resulted in flash flooding last week.
NOTE: We presented a webinar in August with instructions and examples for using Storify.
UPDATE: Bethany Edwards, New Media Editor for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass., did a 9/11 Storify for her site.