Use the Storify editor to create rich content stories.
Use Storify to collect social content and rich media from across the web to create engaging, dynamic stories.
This page describes how to create a Story, including:
Click New Story to add a story to your, or one of your Editor’s accounts. From the Create a Story window that opens:
- Select an Account for the story. Both your Account, and Accounts for which you have been added as an Editor will be listed.
- Select whether to Create a Public or Private Story. Public Stories are published to the web, and available to anyone. Private Stories are available only by a secret URL, which you distribute as you see fit.
Click Create to create your story, and open the Story Editor.
The Story editor includes two panels:
- The Story panel (left) allows you to write and design your story, and includes a headline field, a description field, and a content field with a text editor toolbar.
- The Source panel (right) allows you to search for content from a variety of sources, including top social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+. Other sources include a Storify area for searching Storify or accessing your collection of content, an Embed URL tool, a GIF search option, and a general Google source for links and images.
Begin working, and Storify will automatically save your work to your Storify account.
Use the Story panel to create a storyline, add context to your story elements, and build a narrative for the page.
Storify allows you to add text elements at any position in your story. Text elements may be edited or repositioned, and may include text, a horizontal rule, or a timestamp. Text may be styled using standard formatting options, including bold, italic, underline, and strikethrough.
(Note: Link to your Typekit account for more custom text options.)
To add text:
- Click in the headline and description fields to add text to these fields.
- Click in the page to create a new text element, which may then be dragged to reposition it anywhere within your storyline.
- Click on an existing text or content element, then use the Insert menu to insert text, an image, or a horizontal rule. Note: Use the Story Settings (gear) menu item to select the timezone and timestamp format for your story.
Add local images
Storify allows you to add images from your local repository to your Story. Storify supports JPEGs, PNGs, and GIFs. (GIFs must be under 1MB. Storify will automatically resize PNGs and JPEGs.)
To add an image:
- Click in a text field.
- Select Insert > Image.
- Use the file picker that opens to select the image to add.
Your image will be added below the text field from which it was inserted.
Note: Images added to stories will be listed in a Photos tab in the Sources panel. Images added to your stories will appear in your Photos tab; images added to collaborators’ stories will appear in their account.
Add links to other sites
Use the link button to insert a clickable link to any URL.
- Highlight any text in the story to position your link.
- Click the link button that appears in the text editor toolbar beneath the text.
- Enter the URL for the link, and click return.
Add links to headlines within the story
Use the text editor toolbar to insert clickable links to any headers defined within your story.
- Highlight any text in the story to position your link.
- Click the anchor button that appears in the text editor toolbar beneath the text.
- Use the pulldown menu to select a header to link to, and click return.
Storify offers over 20 content sources. To customize your default search panel, click the “+” button listed with the social media icons. From the dialog that opens, drag Sources from the Available to the Selected list, and click Save to update the icons shown in your Sources panel.
Add content to your story
- From the Sources panel, click an icon to select your source.
- Storify will display search options specific to the source. For some, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you will be asked to log into your account before searching.
- Enter your search parameters, and click the search icon (magnifying glass) or click return to search.
- Once you’ve found elements you want to include, simply drag them from the list to any section of your story.
Search for Content
The Sources panel allows you to search social media and Storify, as well as offering general web and images searches. Storify offers three types of content Search:
- Storify search: allows you to search your Storify collection as well as other Storify user’s stories.
- General search: allows you to search using Google, Giphy, or any standard URL.
- Targeted search: allows you to search social media networks for more targeted content.
Note: Content used from listed providers must adhere to their guidelines. Getty Images may not be used for commercial purposes.
- Search: searches all of Storify for curated quotes, images, videos, or links others have used in their stories on the platform.
- My collection: searches your curated quotes, images, videos, links or stories. Enter your Editors’ names to search their collections.
Note: Build your collection using the Storify Google Chrome extension or Storify bookmarklet. For more information, please see Build a Storify Collection below.
- User’s stories: searches the public stories on a Storify user’s account given the Storify username.
- Elements from a story: returns all elements included with the Story at the input storify.com URL. (For example: Entering boheekim/cats-3 will list all story elements from the story located at storify.com/boheekim/cats-3.)
- Google: offers a standard Google search bar, and the option to search the web, news, images or GIFs.
- GIF: allows you to search Giphy or Google for GIFs or animated GIFs.
- URL Links (Embedded URL): allows you to embed any content available from any URL.
Targeted search is available for the following social networks:
- Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram require that you log into your account to search for content.
- Twitter’s Search API will return only the most recent 7 days’ content.
Use My collection as your personal kit of parts, from which you may pull content into any of your Stories. Building a Storify collection allows you to gather and curate content from elsewhere on the web for use in your stories.
Build your Storify collection using either the Storify bookmarklet, or the Google Chrome extension.
Once installed, click an embedded Storify button (or use the right-mouse menu’s Storify This option enabled by the extension) to open a dialog, allowing you to select whether to add the content to your private collection, or to an existing story. (The right-mouse menu’s options will update to reflect the selected content’s type: text, image, link, selection, or page.)
- Storify bookmarklet: Click the bookmarklet to add a Storify button to social media sites (Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Topsy, Twitter, and YouTube) within Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
To install the bookmarklet, drag the Storify this button from https://storify.com/tools to your bookmarks bar.
- Google Chrome extension: Automatically adds a Storify button to social media sites (Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Topsy, Twitter, and YouTube) within Google Chrome. The Chrome extension also enables a Storify This option from the right-click menu. Use this option to add the selected page, image, link, or selection to your Storify collection.
To install the extension, click the link from the My collection tab, or go to https://storify.com/tools to download the extension.
Collected media is saved to the My collection tab of the Storify source panel, allowing you access media you’ve saved, and drag and drop it directly into stories you’re editing.
Embed Custom Sources
Enhance stories using your own content, including your site’s posts or photos, or comments that exist in another database, by creating a custom source in Storify. With custom sources, you can also add in-house data or media APIs.
(Note: Work with your Livefyre Technical Account Manager to enable this option.)
Once included in the Story panel, content may be edited, reformatted and rearranged.
Use the text editor toolbar that appears beneath text elements to restyle content.
- Select text, then click the Header button to reformat a text element as a header.
- Select text, then use the Bold, Italic, Underline, or Strikethrough options to change the format.
- Click Collapsed View to collapse your story elements to one line, which provides an outline view of your Story, allowing you to rearrange the order of elements more easily.
- Hover over a story element to activate a handle along the left side of the panel, then drag the element to a new position.
- Use the sort buttons at the top of the panel to resort all items by date (timestamp).
- Hover over a story element, then click the x in the top right of the panel to delete content.