Every time I go on vacation — or just hang around town, really — I take pictures. You do too, right? And we Instagram them and share them to Facebook. I’ve found that sometimes I overwhelm my friends and followers because I’m a little overzealous with the documenting of every.single.thing. That’s why I was I was thrilled to be introduced to Disney’s new Story app (free, but only available on iPhone right now).
I want to give you a quick tutorial for using the app. It’s pretty easy and that’s one of the reasons I LOVE it.
After you download and open the app you get a Welcome screen that invites you to Start Now. You’ll see two options: 1) My Memories and 2) My Stories. Your Memories are the photos or videos you’ve taken recently and any Stories you’ve created recently — it’s created automatically. You can edit the items in the Memory (delete, add captions, etc.) if you like.
I’m going to focus on creating a Story. From the Welcome screen you can start creating online photo albums. Just tap the + in the upper corner and you can start creating your Story.
You can add a title to your Story and get started adding photos and video.
You can even select all the photos you want in your album, which is incredibly handy when you’re sharing a lot of pictures.
When you’ve finished adding your photos you’ll have the chance to edit them. Just click on the photo you want to edit and you’ll see your options: Edit, Caption, Remove.
When you click on Edit, you can move your photo around. I’ve found that some of my photos don’t always fit the layout at first. Speaking of which, you can also change the layout of each page and drag and drop your photos to other pages.
Now that you’ve got your Story ready to go, it’s time to share it via email or Facebook. For me, it’s easiest to reach the people I’d share with via Facebook. You’ll have to grant the application persmission to access your Facebook Friend list. That’s OK. You can do that. In fact, to share the Story, you have to do it. Rest assured that Story is not going to post on your behalf (except to share the Story you created).
Add a quick note that will serve as your Facebook status update and let your friends know this is a new album and click Send in the upper corner.
You’ll get a note that your Story is processing, then you’ll get another note when it’s done and has been shared. When someone clicks on the Story, they’re taken to the Story site and directly to your Story.
You can even embed your story in your blog. After you share your story, you can click on the Story in your Facebook Timeline or email (if you shared it that way) and you’ll be taken to your Story online. From there you can grab the Embed code and place it in your blog post to share with your readers. This could be handy just to share your vacation or everyday happenings, or it could be a great marketing tool for small businesses to showcase featured products or how-tos. The possibilities are endless!
Here’s my Story from my trip to New York City.
That $8 shake? Rudest surprise of my life. That’ll teach me not to look at the menu first. And no, it was not spectacular. It was good, but not spectacular.
You can download the free Story app from the Apple App Store. I’d love to see your first creations! Just copy and paste the URL of the Story on the Blogging Basics 101 Facebook page.
I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms event in May, 2013. We got a sneak peek at the app before it was released to the public. They didn’t ask me to post about the app, but I think it’s pretty cool and wanted to share it with you.