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Using Social Media To Tell
I was giving my talk at lunchtime.
I figured everyone would be hungry.
I thought I’d have a little fun with
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Definitely not. That’s not my style.
No – this was purposeful sadism.
(That’s my style.)
What I was doing…was making everyone wish my talk
Thanks to Laurence “Finding The Universe” Norah for the photos. I told him what I was
going to do with them. He laughed. Feel free to judge him accordingly. Totally his fault.
When we desperately want something to end, the
importance of endings is easy to see – the “Thank God
That’s Over” school of storytelling.
But what if the story / journey is fun? Why wouldn’t we
want to keep it going, for ourselves and for our readers,
for as long as physically possible?
Because if we did that, we’d forget what endings are for.
WHY WE NEED ENDINGS
•Scarcity: today matters because tomorrow everything will be different,
•Life-affirming: when things will end soon, you’re more aware of Now. Endings
focus emotions (and a lack of endings dissipates them).
•Endings let you begin again (& everyone loves beginnings).
Endings Make Everyone Care More.
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The Future Of Online Storytelling
devices, optimised for deeper
Latitude: “Future of Storytelling, Phase 2”
1. Audiences want to befriend characters (real & imaginary) – personal connection.
(Where should bloggers draw the line between personal & private?)
2. Audiences want persistent parallel worlds (sense that a story is playing out in real-time).
3. Audiences want the kind of immersive, compellingly constructed
narratives seen in the best popular entertainment (book, film, tv / fiction, documentary).
4. Audiences want different perspectives on the same story.
5. Audiences want ‘second screens’ to
allow discussion & depth (eg. the way Twitter
is a platform for public real-time discussion / reckless spoilers
as a tv show is aired, or for commentary on a political debate).
6. The ‘Real World’ is A Media
Platform. Think QR codes on landmarks or in shop
windows (see right).
7. Real World Products Should
Enhance Stories (eg. naturally placed affiliate links
that serve the audience – but do stories specifically built
around real world products cross a line?)
The Power Of Brand Collaboration
If you know who the guy on the right is…
It’s probably because of the guy on the left.
Marvel totally owns all rights to these images. Totally. The kitchen sink, everything.
Love you, Marvel! I‟m bigging you up in this section of the talk. Please Be Nice To Me.
Laurence (Finding The Universe), Daniel (Canvas of Light), Dustin (Skinny Backpacker)
Gathering together the world’s stories on one beautiful map.
Marvel Civil War (2006-2007)
Multiple titles. One story.
Could bloggers collaborate like this around a single story?
Serials are hot.
And always have been.
Left: The Pickwick
Papers, Charles Dickens.
Social Media is
but not all social media
platforms were created equal.
Facebook & Google+ are
Hence the amount of inspiring quotes
or my version –
OK, I’m done now, yes.
How Is Twitter Used To Tell Stories?
Popular method: turning
brands into characters.
Yet bloggers often ignore this diversity
The same content is duplicated
(or identically promoted)
across all platforms.
And if it’s the same content on Facebook
…why would a blogger’s fan on Twitter
look at that blogger’s Facebook page?
And vice versa.
Zero Incentive To Explore.
How about breaking up a story
scattering it around the web
(in a form that plays on a
platform’s natural strengths)
and presenting readers with
And what would happen
if lots of bloggers
combined their journeys
One Huge Story
(like Marvel’s Civil War)
that hooked an
amount of people?
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