What’s cooking? Using @Storify to create a Food & Drink community #blog [quick review]

Curating content from 19 sources

As you probably know, I’m a bit passionate about using the power of social media to bring communities together. I particularly enjoy using blogs to share engaging conversations with like minded people. For instance, I’ve recently been experimenting with creating a Norfolk Food and Drink community blog using Storify.

Storify is not an automated news scraper (unlike Paperli, which I use to curate stories about #VisitNorfolk and #VisitNorwich). Instead, you use it to manually pull together relevant social media content to illustrate your story.

I love the fact that Storify feels intuitive. The search function is easy to use and links to 19 sources. Other than asking for basic access to your social media accounts, the system doesn’t need much personal information.
Norfolk Food & Drink Network

5 steps to building a story
(For more details see our blog on LinkedIn Pulse on this subject)

  1. Add headings and text between content sourced from other platforms.
  2. Format text and add links.
  3. Use the Google Chrome extension called ‘bookmarklet’ to save social media updates when you see them
  4. Share your published story across social media accounts.
  5. Tell people whose social media updates you have included.

My new Storify – #Norfolk Food & Drink News

At this point I was hoping to show you what my first Storify looks like. However, when I used the ’embed’ function I could only get it to display text (and even then I had to edit the code to get it display the text correctly). This is the result:

“What’s cooking? Feast your eyes on #Norfolk Food & Drink News – July 2015”

Apparently WordPress.com hosted blogs “no longer support embed codes like these unless they come from “whitelisted” sources.” I had hoped it would display like an embedded tweet – as follows:

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Thank you for reading

This is one in an occasional series of posts about social media and business communications. If you find them interesting or useful, please give them a star or five and share with others. I hope you will join the conversation by adding your views below or contacting me on twitter or Google+

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Working for free – interesting blogs

I have read three four interesting blogs on working for free in the last few weeks – all of them come to pretty much the same conclusion: DON’T DO IT!  But don’t take my word for it – read them:

Here this first by Ryan Watts (@RyanWattsPhotos) with additional comments from readers including me: http://ryanwattsphotos.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/not-even-peanuts/.

Here is the second from Dan Gavrovski (@Bananafudgestud) who also added a comment to Ryan’s blog http://www.facebook.com/notes/banana-fudge-studios/dan-gavrovski-blog-1st-march-2011/157381874314881 – OK not strictly not about working for free – but more about why good work costs good money.

And hHere is the third from Pato (@PatsRants) who deals a wonderful legal put down to an outrageous music industry ad http://patosgood.blogspot.com/2011/03/hey-intern-get-me-campari.html.

And of course, here is the fourth (knew I had forgotten something – very sorry Mary, not just because your blog is good but also because I think it was the second one on the subject that I read) – the excellent Mary Hamilton (@NewsMary) and http://maryhamilton.co.uk/2011/02/unpaid-work-experience-vs-market-norms/.

Hope you enjoy.