TOW: Storify.com: In Case You Ever Want to “Storify” Something.
Storify.com; let’s get down to it.
Storify is a website used to: “…make stories using social media.” According to their website. It is somewhat of a journalism website that will let you cover a story by, essentially, compiling tweets from various sources. I find this idea very interesting and troubling at the same time…
It’s like in high school when your teacher always said you can’t use wikipedia as a source on a paper. I’m not saying twitter is anything like wikipedia. Wikipedia actually has fact checkers, who make sure that people don’t write hilarious things on their pages. Twitter has no fact-checkers and on a related note: Twitter has a lot of morons on it. These two facts could lead to a lot of problems for Storify.
The thing that makes Storify interesting is its ability to access opinions from people all over the world. That is a great thing about twitter, it is a global community with essentially opinions from every type of person.
However, the merging of these two points can make for a good compromise. If, through Storify, the people compiling tweets only choose tweets from reliable sources or first account of a story then this makes Storify a slightly more reliable source for news. This selective quality of the “Storify-er” will be the deciding factor whether or not the reader will trust the information that is presented.
Storify. The website that can be reliable, but it’s not exactly a newspaper.
Then again, newspapers are dying.
So I guess this Storify thing ain’t so bad.