Twitter and Storify (Due 9-19)


Try live-tweeting the Constitution Day lecture and / or “note-tweeting” some book or website and then incorporate some of those tweets along with a few other links and resources into a short Storify essay.  Then you will embed this Storify into a blog post at our course website.  Please make sure this is posted privately by Friday, Sept. 19 at 9am.


For this assignment, you will have to set up accounts in both Twitter and Storify.  They are free and you can certainly delete them after the semester if you don’t want to continue with either effort.

Tech Recommendations

  • Make sure to follow @House_Divided on Twitter and pay special attention to our tweets marked with hashtags #dhseminar and #henryadams
  • And here’s some good advice on live-tweeting from Twitter media
  • For help with getting a better handle on how to use Storify, check out our video tutorial below and browse our various essays on the main House Divided Storify page.

Content Recommendations

  • The easiest way to tackle this assignment is to transform tweets about Kate Martin’s Constitution Day lecture into a short Storify report on the event.  Prof. Pinsker will be live-tweeting the lecture with hashtag #dhseminar and so will others from our class –so you should have more than enough material to put together a decent summary of the event.  The Clarke Forum will also be posting a video of the lecture at their website within about 24 hours afterwards.  In other words, there will be plenty of resources available.
  • However, you also might want to experiment with taking “note-tweets” from The Education of Henry Adams (1918) and try turning them into a short summary.  The combination of notes from Twitter and a Storify essay might offer a really compelling way to create chapter-by-chapter summaries of the book.  Prof. Pinsker will create some examples of these note-tweets using hashtag #henryadams and others in the course will probably follow suit.
  • Finally, you may want to try an entirely different direction, like tweeting about one of the DH@Dickinson projects and then combining some of those tweets with embedded links to summarize / review one of these projects in Storify.
  •  No matter what you do, try to come up with a really compelling title and then keep your essay very concise.  The best way to build a Storify essay or narrative is to insert the links or resources first and then try to craft short, lively text around them.