Wake County Public Libraries Storytelling Contest on Storybird

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Wake County Public Libraries Storytelling Contest on Storybird

  1. 1. Overview: The Contest  Idea & rules  Tribulation,  Eventual Triumphs The App: a lesson in regret  Options: Pros & Cons  Next Time Questions?
  2. 2. The Contest
  3. 3. I’ve got an idea… Please Like us! Tales of wonder… Our intentions (before we knew better)
  4. 4. From Idea to Contest: How will this happen: The State of Facebook Guidelines What are the rules: Apprehensions & Revisions
  5. 5. The Rules(as of the start of contest): Must Like us to submit Anyone can submit, but only one story per author* Anyone can vote, but only one vote per story** Degrees of trust = *
  6. 6. Promotions
  7. 7. Before Contest
  8. 8. Bookmarks, handouts & Flyers
  9. 9. Slideshare Tutorials
  10. 10. During Contest
  11. 11. The Tribulations: Storybird rules:  Author only sales  Approval time Facebook Rules:  Always changing Cheaters & their cheating ways
  12. 12. (Eventual)Triumphs: Increase in Likes: 344 Stories submitted: 60 Votes cast: 635 Tutorial views: 4546
  13. 13. The App
  14. 14. One day, in the Digital Library…Todd: Hey, professionals charge a lot of money for custom Facebook Apps. Can you make one?Ben: [shrug] Sure. I never have. But how hard can it be?
  15. 15. App Building Options: Pay someone. A lot. Do it Yourself Don’t do it.
  16. 16. App Option 1: Pay Someone(Did we mention it costs a lot?) PROS Gets done by someone who knows what they’re doing. Full support Compatible and up to date (technically and regarding FB guidelines)
  17. 17. App Option 1: Pay Someone(Did we mention it costs a lot?) CONS It costs a lot. Reliant on others for updates and changes Gap between your vision and ultimate design It costs a lot.
  18. 18. App Option 1: Pay Someone(Did we mention it costs a lot?) THE ONES TO PAY Wildfire www.wildfireapp.com Social Cubix www.socialcubix.com
  19. 19. App Option 2: DIY(It’s hard. And kind of annoying.) PROS Full control of what it does and how it works. Update it and change it on your schedule It doesn’t cost a lot (unless you count the cost of your sanity).
  20. 20. App Option 2: DIY(It’s hard. And kind of annoying.) CONS Chances are, you don’t know what you’re doing. No support from someone who does know what they’re doing. Facebook changes a lot.
  21. 21. App Option 2: DIY(It’s hard. And kind of annoying.) If you still want to do it… We can provide the code that we used for modification with some guidance. We can provide a Resource Guide so you can start from scratch and do it even better on your own!
  22. 22. App Option 3: No App(Do yourself a favor. Go App-Less)Try a Survey Site like Google Web Forms or Survey Monkey  Call for entries via website/email  Participants create Storybirds and share links via online form/survey  Another form/survey is posted with links to stories for voting via form/survey
  23. 23. App Option 3: No App (Do yourself a favor. Go App-Less) Extreme Lo-Tech:Try an email/paper based Contest Call for entries via website/email, flyers/posters Participants create Storybirds and share links via email/paper forms Links to stories shared via email, on handouts Votes entered via paper ballots and manually tallied
  24. 24. Next time:Since we will know then what we didn’t know this time… Not on Facebook: no required “Likes” or Facebook only participation. Incorporate into our new Nanonwrimo/Readers to Writers program
  25. 25. Next time:Since we will know then what we didn’t know this time… Storybird-created Contest site/interface Work more closely with Storybird
  26. 26. Thanks!! Questions?
  27. 27. Todd Frei:todd.frei@wakegov.comBen McFadden:benjamin.mcfadden@wakegov.comStorybird: www.storybird.comArt by Storybird artists: Paul McDougall Pascal Campion Kathy R. Jeffords

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