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50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story (
50+ Ways to Tell the Dominoe Story
Note! 50+ Ways is no longer being updated here but over at the new site for
50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story
It has more organizational features and includes
ways for you to add content to the site
once you join the new wiki.
Just to prove it can be done, I am going to try and tell the same story as an example for every tool
in the list
Previously, I created a short story originally as a video assembled from still images and audio that was submitted for
a 60 Second Story contest
Every story is based on
assembled images on flickr
-- a number of tools allow you to directly import media from these storage sites.
Below are examples of the same story (over and over again!) I was able to create in the 50+ tools, with both linked versions (on the tool's web site) and embedded versions, using the code provided to embed a media player into this web site. One of the most interesting discoveries was that about 2/3 of these tools provided the ability to embed the media in other web sites.
Also, I used WebSlides to create
a show that includes all 50 examples
50+ Dominoe Stories
Nice transitions. Mixes audio, images, sound, with transitions.
Unable to connect to flickr account; images easy to upload. Captions editable, and moderate selection of templates, more like picture frames or computer screens. No audio.
One True Media
Many creative options, interesting templates (used a Viewmaster). No displayed captions
Captions animated over slideshow. Good export tools.
Many options for importing media, good choice of templates and effects. Cannot use
original audio at this time.
Very easy to use; generates code for slideshow based on flickr tags, sets. No direct link, link to music/audio via MP3 URL
Almost exactly the same as SlideFlickr, no option for music or audio
Create in 3 steps a sideways scrolling flickr slide show for embedding into blogs, webites. No audio, no text.
Very simple and easy way to turn flickr sets, tags, groups into embedded slide shows. No Audio.
Import photos from desktop or flickr, a wide range of templates, add captions, and select audio from list of soundtracks.Interesting video effects.
Good features to make movie-like slideshows- transitions and pan and zoom effects on stills (a la Ken Burns), caption overlays, video effects. Cannot use own audio w/o upgrading or using on own web server, but can use background music selctions.
Free photo sharing and management site with features like flickr (several other tools can import directly from Picasa). Add captions to photos, create slideshow; each image can be associated with a map location, and Picasa generates a map view of the slide show content.
Very easy to use slide show creator- can import photos from flickr, Picasa, Facebook, email, or upload. Select a template and music, or upload your own sound track. Automatic Ken Burns like features. Share via Facebook or twitter.
The primary purpose of Tikatok is a site for kids to create their own books which can then be printed and purchased, but the "books" are also available online. You can upload images or drawings, add text, and arrange on pages. The site offers story prompts and guided templates to help with the story creation process. No audio.
Tar Heel Reader
Designed to create stories for new readers, Tar Heel Reader is special in that it provides stories in full web accessible form using text to speech and reader options for colors. Can import photos from flickr or uploaded, tracks all image credits automatically. Stories can be downloaded as PowerPoint, Flash, or Impress file formats.
Complex, cumbersome interface. Difficult to create story format and control layout. Had to create fake dates to control display order
Similar concept as Dandelife, a bit easier to use. Import images from desktop for flickr. Nicer timeline embedded version. Add sound track.
Easy interface, ability to attach media by link or upload (include embed media); best feature is ability to upload a timeline data as CSV.
One of the best- easy import from flickr or upload. Record voice or add text annotation to each slide. Can make open for others to add voices. Paid accounts can export video versions.
Upload or connect to online sources of photos, audio, video; assemble in editable templates. Create your own "channels" of content, Interesting templates.
Create wide scrolling stories of pictures, audio, video, with embedded comments, movies, and web links.
Very versatile- works with wide number of media sites to import (flickr, PhotoBucket, YouTube. MySpace) and the templates can be edited with custom backgrounds, etc. Upload any kind of media as well. Text tools for overlaying on images.
Fairly easy to use, and larger set of icons, etc to explore
Must be able to free form draw all pictures and text! Being an artist might help. Embed code uses iframe tags, cannot display in this wiki
A fun interface, limited resizing tools, good library of graphics to use. Can import photos. Challenge to fit in a complex story!
A very fun tool for one-page cartoons. Almost no instructions, found it difficult to create a whole "book" and the video set is limited in terms of sets and characters. To assemble my story, I took screenshots in Kerpoof and uploaded to flickr.
Select images from flickr by user name or general tag, place on timeline, and add "bubbles" with text. Navigate by mouse hovering. Easy to use. Embedded versions hard to read (unless you edit the width/height tags). No audio option.
The most amazing comic creator tool- import pictures, make multiple pane strips, built in layouts, add text bubbles... very much Comic Life via the web
Easy to import photos, apply effects (some take awhile to appear). Editing the bubbles was a challenge, did not get a preview.
Powerful comic strip creation; either use the simple 3 pane template or create as many frames as you like. Select/create characters, edit body, select background scenes, add objects. Characters have different poses, and you can hand edit hinged body parts to create modified poses. Future version will create animation be tweening frames.
Visual layout like scrapbook pages- images can be scaled, panned, resized (needs manual layout) or auto-arranged. Can be viewed in slide show mode. Comments. No embedded media code (just links), share by email. No audio.
Excellent range of editing tools, versatile with images, text, video. Not able to create embed code for other sites.
Import image, audio, video, or link from YouTube, URL, etc. Tools also for recording audio/video. Create "glogs" or posters with media, text tools, frames for media, layer media. Large canvas (often too big to embed in blog)
More designed for creating interactive maps and diagrams- any image used for the base, and then 4 directional photos are available for filling. Not the easiest one to sketch out a story, no sound.
Need to have geographic locations to attach images, and tricky if they are not in distinct regions. Basic text editor for "bubbles" - images must be defined via URL. Offers link and copy/paste code for embedding on other pages
Easy to use- no formatting for notes like Google My Maps, but tagging is an interesting organizer tool.
Flickr Tell a Story in Five Frames
Very challenging- most examples are a nice set of pictures, but hard to create an arc of a story in 5 visuals and a title.
Flickr Six WordStory
Also challenging! Many examples are just a caption- how to again arc a story in 6 words and one image?
More open ended- write a short story to accompany any image.
I think the ability to create hyperlinks to any content from a specified area of a photo is powerful linking to other web content or other flickr images, but I could only find one other example, and that one was no longer available. A choose your own adventure store could be easily done this way.
Pictures with Stories
Not strictly storytelling, a group for sharing in a minimum of 5 sentences the "story" behind a picture.
More of a podcast tool, with reverse chronological ordering of audio and videos sent to out site.
Simple, crude, not very artistic, but might be effective for a short message.
Generate slide shows connected to audio- audio can be uploaded but can also be phoned in directly. Audio and slides are synced together.
Easy tool for annotating or subtitle videos, can link to URLs from bubbles. Use any web video link.
Video content only. Uploaded videos are queued before they appear; easy to use tools for remixing clips into new video.
Creates free video shorts 930 sec) from images uploaded or accessed from slites like flickr. Choose from music library or upload your own.
Powerful video editor with multitrack features, transitions, effects, etc.
exported to YouTube
A virtual film studio where you select actors, sets, camera angles, animations, poses, and create a movie by typing in the lines. The rendered version of the movie generates te audio using text to speech. Final version can be direct exported to YouTube. Limited to media in the library; no import of your own media.
Import photos from flickr, Picassa, facebook, or upload to an album (can include videos as well), then select media for a storyboard to create a "muvee" using templates and built in audio tracks. Storyboard movemen awkward, no captions. Media can be downloaded. Strangely enough, you cannot link directly to a "shwup"- sharing is primarily by email/Facebook, but content can be embedded.
Many features like a desktop software but interface is unpredictable; text options must be set every time, image size controls awkward Audio recording dropped out, overlapping panes prevented dragging audio from library. Embed code seems to not be working.
Powerful tools, full featured. Interface a little complex to figure out. One of few tools that offers ability to sync audio with slides.
Create source material in Powerpoint, upload for conversion to Flash. Record audio as mp3, store on external server, and link to create "slidecast" - easy tools to synchronize audio to slides. One of the best!
Interesting use of media- best used for video recorded from conference / performance that might be synced with slides/images. Sync tools a little buggy, but my slide changes are also too fast for the demo.
Easy to use PowerPoint like interface, can import PPT files. No audio.
Same functionality as Zentation. Not clear on upload that images are synced to video. Ordering of slides achieved by manual edit of time to indicate when in movie time side should appear.
One of the easiest and simplest tools for syncing audio to a presentation file, certainly the one that took me the least amount of time to create.
Clean interface, familiar tools, easy to upload existing PPT as content. Can lead presentations remotely, see who is watching. No audio.
WebSlides can turn web bookmarks or RSS feeds into slide shows that allow annotation, audio overlays. The web pages viewed are full functionality, so its like created a guide tour to a selected set of sites. I also used it to create a
of all 50+ of the Dominoe stories.
Extremely easy to import from PowerPoint, preserves animations and effects.
Full featured slide show tool,can import powerpoint, add builds, transitions, import video or flash to slides; attach audio to entire presentation or individual slide; cue slide advance to timer or to end of audio. Can publish as public but also password protected link.
Decent slide show tool, can import Powerpoint, can add video,no audio. Can publish directly to Slideshare or download directly.
Create dynamic presentations that fluidly pan and zoom in and out, rotated views along a linked path. Can import images and video (no sound). URLs link from text. Must use templates, limited editing (and challenging to learn). Can be downloaded to play as stand along flash app. Also has an offline editor.
Very similar to prezi, but with more fine grained control, and can create links between scenes for non linear paths. Can upload images, video, and audio.
Cutting Room Floor
Here are tools I tried that did not work well or ones that have disappeared.
went offline in November 2009
"Digital Scrapbooking for Groups" - buggy, crashed, could not create any material
Went out of business in September 2008, allowed users to download videos
is gone; URL goes to MySpace.
going out of business June 2009 a real shame!
went out of sight September 30, 2010. Not missed much, it was always buggy and pre-beta-ish
going out of business June 2009
Provides tool to embed a map created in Google's My Maps into any other web site, Google's new tools has this functionality
Assemble a "site" where you can add a variety of media types, and also has features of a social networking service. Tool behaved inconsistently when I tried it.
Looks like a no frills PowerPoint clone; it refused to import a PPT file, and after fiddling with trying to import images, gave up with the difficulty of moving them around. There are plenty of other presentation web apps that work better.
The "pioneers of social TV" went down Sept 1, 2009
appears to be dead too; also a rather buggy presentation tool. I don't miss it.
They are now charging for an account, you gotta be free to be one of the 50 Tools.
There is no longer a free version, although my original account seems to be grandfathered see
is just gone with a image that says "beta closed". No tears, it was a lame tool
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