Links to Storytelling Platforms, Prompts, and Tools

  • 100 Digital Storytelling Tools for Your Digital Selves + Natives, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  • 1000 Memories: A way to organize, share and discover the old photos and memories family and friends.
  • 6 Minute Story: Growing collection of stories written in six minutes or less.
  • A Girl Story: Story of Tarla, whose tale will progress only by audience donations unlocking new chapters. Just like Tarla, each girl at Project Nanhi Kali depends on donors to progress, stay in school, and complete her education.
  • Bloombla: Free, easy-to-use yet powerful storytelling tool that helps users collect, manage and share your life experiences with others.
  • BubbleSnaps: Site that enables users to add speech and thought bubbles to photos.
  • Cowbird: A small community of storytellers, sharing heartfelt, personal stories.
  • Dear Photograph: Submitters take a snapshot — usually one featuring one or more people and dating from the film-photography era — and hold it up against the original setting so that past and present blend into a new work of art. They also write a brief piece about the work. (Description courtesy of TIME magazine.)
  • Exquisite Corpse: Visitors can write a monthly follow-up storyline to be animated by the folks behind this site — to celebrate storytelling, design and animation at grass-roots level.
  • Folding Story: Game in which players write one line of a story, fold the paper, and pass it to the next person.
  • Fotobabble: Site for creating “talking” photos.
  • History Pin: A way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history.
  • Hypercities: A collaborative research and educational platform for traveling back in time to explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment.
  • Ideo Labs Exquisite Corpse Experiment: The folks at Ideo Labs asked a group of collaborators to submit sentences/fragments to create a dynamic visualization for the “exquisite” story its writers had crafted. These collective fragments formed a base on which they layered sensory artifacts, from voice-over to tagged visuals.
  • ImaStory: Free website that allows users to create a story they can share with their friends and their family, a story that can be kept private or broadcast to the world.
  • Insyde Story: Allows users to discover, create and share threads of videos, recordings, music, images and text inspired by the world around you. Location matters and Insyde Story provides a narrative space for you to connect and inform others about the people, place and stories that are important to you.
  • Intersect: A site where people can share stories and chart them by time and place to see where their paths might cross. Users have a personal life storyline where they can post stories and photos about where they’ve been, where they are and where they’re going.
  • Life Biography: Users are provided questions and an online template for writing an autobiography. Fee-based
  • Life-Play: Non-competitive games played over the phone or in person. You can co-create a story, express an emotion, improvise a poem or examine a belief. Games are created so anyone can play.
  • Live On: Web application helps users share important moments, while keeping those memories alive and safe for future generations to enjoy tomorrow. Offers interesting promise “to keep everything you upload to LiveOn forever, and we’ll do everything in our power to keep that promise!” Most features are free.
  • Memolane: Platform for collecting memories into stories.
  • MuseumBox: Allows users to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.
  • One Word: Gives a one-word prompt to write about each time users visit.
  • National Short Story Day: Site for UK national day, celebrated on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Site encourages consumption of short stories.
  • Plinky: Provides a new prompt daily that users can answer.
  • Prompts Writing: Asks open-ended questions to inspire users to start writing.
  • Protagonize: Collaborative writing community in which users create “standard stories,” as well as “addventures,” online interactive fiction that combines aspects of round-robin stories and Choose Your Own Adventure-style tales.
  • Rakontu: Cynthia Kutz’s free and open-source web application that small groups of people can use together to share and work with stories. Cynthia participated in A Storied Career’s Q&A series.
  • Save Every Step: Enables users to save and share personal family stories on a timeline. Basic service free; fees for additional storage space.
  • ShowBeyond: Multimedia slidecast creator, online publishing platform, and story sharing community.
  • Sideways: Helps publishers and authors take traditional media publications and transform them into immersive, multi-media experiences optimized for the new digital evolution.
  • Singly: Gallery of apps that automatically gather users’ photos, friends, check-ins, and links from a ton of services and “make them into something new.” Brings your social media accounts in one place.
  • Slidestory: Free app to make slide presentations with narration and share them on the Internet. Note: Does not work on Macs.
  • Small Demons: Collects and catalogs the millions of references to real-world and fictional music, movies, people, and objects that are found in literature and provides a place — a Storyverse — where users can draw meaningful connections between stories and everyday life. (Description courtesy of Cool Hunting.)
  • The Social Voice Project: Uses audiography to capture, preserve, share, and celebrate expressions of the social condition.
  • Storie: A simple Web browser plug-in that lets you right-click on any picture you find on the Web and add it directly to your stories.
  • Storyful: Storybuilding app that lets users build a story using tweets, videos, and images.
  • Rory’s Story Cubes: Fee-based dice game in which players roll cubes and link together all 9 face-up images on the cubes.
  • Stor-I: Social-media site for personal stories.
  • Storyworld Box: Create-a-Story Cards: Commercial product in which each themed box contains 40 cards from the StoryWorld that suggest a myriad of characters, places, objects, and more. Users pick a handful of cards, use their pictures and words as inspiration and you tell a new tale every time they open the box.
  • Stories in Flight: An ongoing exploration of storytelling in the age of the Internet. Projects include FlickrPoet, in which users can enter a paragraph of text, a poem, lyrics, or random words, and FlickrPoet will find matching photos on Flickr based on a search of tags, titles and descriptions of the photos.
  • Storify: Next-generation storytelling platform that lets users build stories from social media.
  • Story Capture: Tool and methodology that leverages social media (blogging, email, micro-blogging) to help communities collect, edit and share compelling narratives.
  • StoryGarden: Web-based system for gathering and analyzing qualitative information about values and attitudes held by a community of people.
  • StoryNations 2.0: Platform for enabling end-users to download attractive stories directly to their mobile devices.
  • Storyplanet: Online platform that aims to simplify turning photos and video into beautiful, interactive stories for users’ Web sites or Facebook.
  • StoryTimedCollaborative storytelling platform, best explained in this video.
  • Storyseeking: Combines the elements of a good short story with the thrill of a treasure hunt. Requires smartphone or tablet with GPS.
  • Story Tree: Helps users preserve your precious family memories and share them with the ones they love.
  • Story Wheel: Enables users to record a story around Instagram photos.
  • The Tarot Game: Encourages storytelling and evokes laughter, providing an engaging, cooperative, environment to address life’s issues and create a bond between players. The game includes more than 100 insightful questions, as well as a 78-card keyword deck for beginners.
  • Tell Your Story portion of Spoken Stories site: Submission site where anyone can tell his or her story.
  • TileStack: A venue for users to quickly learn how to create interactive slides, games, applications and more.
  • Treasury of Heritage: Online archive and gathering place where stories can be stored and shared by families and communities in multi-media.
  • Tweearrator: Where storytelling and tweeting merge.
  • Twine: App that lets users organize a story graphically with a map that they can re-arrange as they work. Links automatically appear on the map as they are added to passages, and passages with broken links are apparent at a glance.
  • WhichBoxMedia: Online content publishing platform for publishers and media companies, featuring organic storytelling.
  • World Memory Project: Allows the public to help make the records from the US Holocuast Memorial Museum searchable by name online for free — so more families of survivors and victims can discover what happened to their loved ones during one of the darkest chapters in human history. Anyone, anywhere can contribute to this effort; even just one record and a few minutes.
  • Zahmoo: Story bank for business and family stories.
  • Zeega: Zeega is an open-source HTML5 platform for creating interactive documentaries, open archives and inventing new forms of storytelling.
  • Brings another dimension to storytelling by adding a time aspect, location, and content and blends all of these together to create a video that tells a story.
  • ZooBurst: Digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.

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