Do you love reading a good story? Do you have any good stories yourself that you’d like to share with the world? Cowbird.com is an online multimedia storytelling platform and storytelling community, where you can read and share great stories. According to Cowbird:
Cowbird is a simple tool for telling stories, and a public library of human experience. We are a small community of storytellers, sharing heartfelt, personal stories. You can use Cowbird to keep a diary of your life, and to help us document the major sagas taking place in the world. You can also explore the many beautiful stories in the library using a number of novel browsing techniques.
Cowbird stories incorporate elements of multimedia, technology, and traditional storytelling, including: text, photos, sound, subtitles, roles, relationships, maps, tags, timelines, dedications, and characters. Stories can be made either public or private. Cowbird also has a blog.
Do you have a story to tell? Do your family and friends tell great stories that you wish could be preserved forever and heard again? StoryTree.me is an online service that lets you preserve your memories by creating and sharing short stories captured on video. According toStoryTree:
Family stories form an important part of a person’s identity – stories about love, friendship, childhood dreams, hardships, triumphs, and the ongoing journey that is life. Too often these stories remain unshared and are forgotten before they can be recorded. Do you wish there were a better way to share meaningful stories with your family? We at StoryTree feel the same way and this is what has driven us to come up with a solution to this problem. The StoryTree team is dedicated to help you preserve your precious family memories and share them with the ones you love. As time passes, your captured stories come to represent a bond across generations and become invaluable to your family’s collective identity. Your family history has finally found a place to reside.
Video stories are easy to create using your web-cam, and apps for mobile devices are coming soon as well. Stories are kept private by default letting you decide exactly who can see them, but they can also be made public. Stories can also be downloaded or shared on Facebook. StoryTree also has a blog.
Do you love a good story? Do have a story to tell yourself that you’d like to share with the world? Movellas.com is an online community of amateur writers where you can read great stories, and anyone can write a story and have it published. According to Movellas:
Movellas.com is a community site where you can read, write and share stories – or movellas as we like to call them. Here you can read thousands of stories, become a fan of other authors and comment on the movellas. When you create a profile you can write your own stories and get lots of readers. With Movellas it is possible to read anywhere, anytime… At Movellas.com everyone can be a writer! At Movellas everyone can publish their stories. Neither age nor experience are essential. All that we require is that you love to write and share your stories. From Movellas.com you can share your stories with all your friends and the rest of the world.
Categories include: Love & Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Diary, Humor, Bedtime stories, Vampire & Horror, and Poetry. You can easily read movellas on your computer, tablet, iPad, iPod Touch, e-book-reader, or smart phone by downloading as an e-book or receiving a SMS-link. Movellas runs various contests from time to time so if you can write a really good story you could even win a prize.
Do you wish there was a better way to remember your loved ones and share what the mean to you? Do newspaper obituaries fail to do them justice? 1000memories.com is a website where you can remember your loved ones permanently with a memory page, that can include text, pictures, audio, and video, added by anyone. According to 1000Memories:
1000memories.com is a free site that helps people commemorate the life of a loved one by putting everybody’s memories (stories, pictures, video and audio) together, so their lives can be remembered, together, in one place. We aspire to create a place where visitors can gather and remember the lives of the people they love most, so their stories can be remembered and passed down to future generations. 1000memories.com is a permanent place where your loved ones’ memory will always be treated with respect and where their memory will be maintained forever… We take the responsibility of protecting and preserving your memories extremely seriously… It is our mission to provide a safe place for your memories so that they can be passed down to future generations. This is as close to a permanent space that you’ll ever find on the Internet. And it should be. We have taken many extraordinary steps to ensure that your memories are safe with us.
Would you like to listen to a good story? StoryCorps.org is a website that posts oral stories from people of all walks of life, and archives them in the Library of Congress so that they may be preserved for generations to come. According to StoryCorps:
Our mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our broadcasts on public radio and the web. The heart of StoryCorps is the conversation between two people who are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, or a couple reminiscing on their 50th wedding anniversary. By helping people to connect, and to talk about the questions that matter, the StoryCorps experience is powerful and sometimes even life-changing.
Do you have a story to tell? You can visit one of StoryCorps’ recording studios, catch their MobileBooth on its tour, rent a StoryKit, or make your own recording using StoryCorps’ instruction guide. Stories can be searched for or browsed by category. StoryCorps also has a blog, a newsletter, a podcast, an iPhone app for stories on the go, and much more.
Do like unusual photography that makes you think, or that makes you wonder what is really happening? Would you like the photography even better with a good description or story of what was going on? TriggerPit.com is website that posts unusual and extraordinary photography along with the background stories that go with them. According to TriggerPit:
Triggerpit.com is the result of our passion for photography and events that makes us go WOW. We will try to cover all that we find and consider grandios, fascinating, uplifting or even sad. We will do our best to make you think “this is nuts” or “I didn’t know that”. We will also try and cover stories not so easily attained. Like give backstage imagery on moviemaking, concert preparation and other similar events.
Photo articles can be found by category or date published in the archives. Photos can also be found by themselves without articles in the gallery.
Do you ever listen to a song with peculiar lyrics and wonder what it’s all about? Does it seem like there must be a story behind it? Songfacts.com is a website that lists facts about songs and tells the stories behind them. According to Songfacts:
Songfacts is a searchable database of song information where we do our best to tell the stories behind the songs. We hope using this site will help you better understand and enjoy the songs you listen to, and invite you to share your thoughts about the songs in the comments section. We provide the album, year the song was released, highest US and UK chart position, and “Songfacts” about each song. The “Songfacts” are interesting tidbits like what the song is about, who wrote it, and what makes it different.
Songs can be browsed by year, or alphabetically by artist or song title. Songs are also organized into the following categories: Written By, Performed By, Produced By, Covered By, Featuring, Originally By, Inspired By, About, Awards, Famous, Hits, Used In, Title Quirk, Video, Miscellaneous, and Type. Songfacts also includes discussion forums.