Well, Storyful is making sense of it. At Storyful, curators are busy linking Tweets, Flickr pictures, news stories and YouTube clips to make a coherent story out of the news people are talking about. Plus, anyone can become a curator or submit relevant news to a story – it’s news from the people for the people.
Add the fact that Storyful is relevant, informative, easy to follow and full of great visuals and this site will easily become a favourite in your search for daily news.
Storyful only recently moved to a beta testing stage, but this beta test has opened the doors for anyone to join as a reader and contributor. If you want to help create the news then jump right in – just remember to be kind and leave productive feedback for the creators of the site. Eventually, I hope there will be no need to sign up if you just want to read the news.
What Is Storyful?
At first glance, Storyful looks much like any visually-geared news site: It has bright pictures, well spaced articles and bold headlines to catch your attention. A closer glance made me realise that I actually cared about most of the headlines here. These stories are exactly what is being passed around by the humans on Twitter – only someone had collected all the best stories, pictures and clips and turned it into something that made sense.
If you look closely at the stories, you can see that it’s easy to follow how the story evolved. Storyful doesn’t remove old related news: it just stays in the thread as the backstory. This is great if you’ve just come across the story, since you can easily get a sense of how it got to this point.
Simply click on the headlines further down the page and it will show you a snapshot of the story as it stood when that update was released. For ongoing stories this can be a month or so ago, whereas for breaking news there are updates released every few hours.
Contribute To News Stories
As a contributor, you can easily add information. Just look for the contribute link to the right or underneath any story. If you want credit for the tip, just make sure you let them know. Easy!
Reading Storyful News
The front page clearly lets you know the major stories of the day. The headlining story is much larger than any other. Breaking news stories are the next largest and easy to scroll through. After this is the discovery section, with all sorts of weird and wonderful news.
From the front page you can also easily click through to viral headlines. This gives you a great overview of what is making noise on Twitter and Facebook right now.
The Future Of Storyful
There’s still room for a little improvement at Storyful, but that’s what being in beta is all about. Personally, I’d love to see an RSS feed of headlining stories, plus the ability to sign up for an RSS feed or email updates of a story I wanted to follow. I would also like to see a Storyful Twitter feed for just the news headlines. A smartphone app wouldn’t hurt, either.
I personally can’t wait to see how Storyful stories evolve over time. For instance, coverage of warzone conflict or slow-moving political debates. It would be great to be able to click in to these stories and get a snapshot of what the picture was six months ago.
“We believe every story starts with a single voice, not a conversation in a newsroom. There is no such thing as a scoop, just a story before its inflection point. Storyful’s golden rule is there is ALWAYS someone closer to the story”. – Mark Little, Storyful
Basically, there’s professional journalists working at Storyful as well as many everyday people contributing news and updates. Soon they will open up curating to everyday people as well “” this will add an entirely new dimension to the experience at Storyful. I’m sure that it will involve a lot more human editing to ensure the right stories get seen by the most eyes.
Head over to Storyful and take a look for yourself “” I’m sure the staff would love to get some sensible feedback from you all.
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