The 2015 IAP2 North American Conference According to Storify

We encouraged participants to use Twitter (#2015NAConf) to spread the word, and Karen Zypchyn of the Wild Rose Chapter curated the tweets on Storify (hands up: who would have used that expression five years ago?) to paint a series of pictures in 140 characters or fewer.

Karen Zypchyn
Karen Zypchyn

Karen Zypchyn is a former journalism university instructor with 10 years’ experience teaching social media and online communication courses, and citizen participation in the news. Karen has joined the growing field of public participation. She offers in-depth training in communication and is interested in experimenting with online P2 tools.

You may be asking yourself, what is “Storifying”? It is a reference to a social media curation tool called Storify that enables you to make sense out of people’s social media postings.

I used Storify to create a four-part series on what our P2 colleagues shared on Twitter about what they were learning IAP2 North American Conference 2015. It was simple to use and an obvious choice for the task of telling the social media story of the #2015NAConf on Twitter. Here’s how Storify works and why you should care about it.

Numerous social media postings are shared quickly and randomly through various platforms, and they are visually presented in a timeline. Then, they can seemingly disappear amidst all the sharing like on Twitter, for example. While social media communication permits lots of voices to be shared, the experience can feel like fragmentation. The story narrative can be missing. The capacity to create meaning can be short-lived.

Many conference-goers used social media to share what they were getting out of the sessions with those who weren't there.
Many conference-goers used social media to share what they were getting out of the sessions with those who weren’t there.

Storify lets you weave a story arc by thematically selecting various social media postings shared by others and by arranging those posts in a way that makes sense to you. You are not timeline bound. And it lets you further create meaning by enabling you to write text bits and to insert them where you see fit.

Like a DJ sampling music, you can sample bits from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, YouTube videos, and even web URLs to name a few.

  • Part 1: IAP2 North American Conference 2015 in Portland: facilitating knowledge transfer for better public participation (Pre-conference day Wednesday, Sept 9 and morning sessions including lunch keynote speech Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015) http://bit.ly/1KJhDOG
  • Part 2: IAP2 North American Conference 2015 in Portland: facilitating knowledge transfer for better public participation (afternoon sessions, Sept. 10, 2015) http://bit.ly/1KdnHsl
  • Part 3: IAP2 North American Conference 2015 in Portland: facilitating knowledge transfer for better public participation (morning sessions and including lunch keynote speaker Friday, Sept. 11, 2015) http://bit.ly/1KJjJhA
  • Part 4: IAP2 North American Conference 2015 in Portland: facilitating knowledge transfer for better public participation (afternoon sessions on Friday, September 11, 2015) http://bit.ly/1O7w1AX

Journalists have embraced Storify to help them make sense of social media postings related to breaking news, live events and conferences. P2 practitioners could also benefit from Storify by using it to gather feedback from people shared on social media.

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