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A Storify Summary & Shortcut To Consider
After every Parent-Teacher Chat or #ptchat (Wed., 9PM EDT), I create an archived transcript for educators and parents to refer back to the conversations at a later time. On this archive page, you can see all #ptchats listed in chronological order and by topic. After searching across the Twitterverse for the most comprehensive archiving tool, I chose Storify based on the recommendations from my PLN.
Storify is one of various tools out there that let you create transcripts of your tweets, but you are likely to find the resulting transcripts quite overwhelming (with many people tweeting and retweeting updates using that hashtag throughout the chat). For some #ptchats, we have over 600 tweets within the hour – Great for the discussion but challenging to capture it all later!
I like how Storify allows you to pick only the tweets you want to be in the transcript and add some essential context for the tweets you choose. Being able to exclude all those retweets is a huge help! On top of this, Storify lets your Twitter chat users subscribe to any new “archives” you publish. So if you decide to archive a hashtag or conversation you had a Twitter, be sure to maximize the features the tool offers you to save valuable time. Here’s a shortcut I wasn’t aware of until earlier today…
A Storify Shortcut Not To Overlook
Typically the “archiving” has taken me about 15-20 minutes to painfully take each 140 character tweet and drag it over to the newly created archive of the whole conversation.
*It’s important to note that within the Storify interface, the right side of the screen is a “depot” of tweets that you will build your archive from depending on what you add to the search bar. On the left side of the screen is where you will add only those tweets you are interested in archiving.
1) After entering the hashtag (i.e. #ptchat) in the searchbar on the right hand side of the interface, you will see your tweets populating 20 at a time. Expand the conversation at the bottom until your entire chat is included on the screen using the timestamps if necessary. (See pic)
2) Then look in the upper right hand side where it shows how many tweets you have selected or in this case “420 results. Drag and drop the best ones or add them all.”Choose to add them all, which will add your entire selected conversation to the drafted archive on the left side of the page. (see pic) You have now archived your chat, but in reverse chronological order.
3) Finally, find the toolbar on the upper left of the screen (I never really gave this area much attention since we do not edit anyone’s tweets from the conversation.) You see arrows up/down – Clicking this button will put your tweets in chronological order.
That’s all. Just hit Publish. You’ve archived your entire conversation! Share the link and/or embed it onto your archive page. Good luck and reach out if I can help you in any way.