Storination is still in its infancy; one must request an invite from the entity before using it. I only heard about it thanks to Benet Wilson, chairwoman of the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force and who students affectionally call "Aunt Benet." As she writes in a task force blog post, "Missed #NABJ? Check Out Storination," the tool "allows you to put all the Storifys from a single event — like #NABJ12 — in one place for folks to read and share." Nice!
The Storination interface is easy to use, though it would be nice to have more flexibility reorder the imported Storifys. Getting cover images to work with text is another challenge; the cover image offered above is OK. Anyway, today I created several storyboards – that's what Storination calls the virtual spaces used to create an online set of Storifys – mostly based on the Twitter hashtags used for the campus events my classes live tweeted en masse.
Check out "Journalism Classes Live Tweet Presidential Inauguration," "Milwaukee Photographer Shares Cuba Perspective," "Hall of Famer Dick Enberg Lectures at Marquette," "Spurlock Speaks at Marquette," "Diederich College Recognizes Five Distinguished Alumni" and "Marquette Journalism Students Live Tweet Campus Events."
Before Storination, I used a web browser to bookmark all the student Storifys. An inelegant option, especially given likely many more to come. Besides, a main reason for students to live tweet and use Storify is so they have more to show afterward than just a 500-word story that only their instructor reads. The new tool should better enable students to compare their efforts and learn from one another. Beyond that, Storination wants users to create an online "nation," where people share social stories on the same topic. Look out soon for the first #loweclass nation!