Reply to Alan Levine on Being Storifried

Replied to Storify Bites the Dust. If You Have WordPress, You Don’t Need Another Third Party Clown Service by Alan Levine (CogDogBlog)

There are two kinds of people or organizations that create things for the web. One is looking to make money or fame and cares not what happens once they get either (or none and go back to flipping burgers). The other has an understanding and care for the history and future of the web, and makes every effort to make archived content live on, to not leave trails of dead links. Storify is Type 1. After getting enough of a value based on the free labor of grunts like you and me who built content in it, they got bought by Adobe, and swept up into some enterprise product

Thank you Alan for your investigation into alternatives to Storify. By chance, I had gone down a similar rabbit hole wondering how I could store a set of Tweets. I was under the impression that being embedded if the original tweet were deleted then they would not show up in the blog. It was for this reason that I explored pasting the text. I am assuming from your discussion(s) that this is not the case?

I still like the idea of using TAGS to collect the links, but rather than pasting the text:

The book traces the changing focus of the history of second wave feminism over the 20th/21st centuries. Providing essays situated in each of the three ‘Acts’. I’m live tweeting Fraser’s overview of the history and spirit of the wave
“Second wave feminism came out of the New Left after WW2.

Act1 – Began life as an insurrectionary force that challenged male domination in state organised capitalist societies”

Act2 – the feminist imagination turned from redistribution of power/economy to recognition of difference – identity/cultural politics dominated

Act3 – still unfolding but we are seeing the reinvigoration of feminist and other emancipatory forces to demand that the runaway markets be subjected to democratic control

A user could just paste the URLs:

Will continue to think about this, especially as I do not always want the parent tweet necessarily embedded. I also have to investigate your Storify Embeddable Link Extractor, but it looks to be a great tool for all situations.

15 responses on “Reply to Alan Levine on Being Storifried”

  1. There might be some filter for WordPress to have it not include the parent tweet, or you could make hook the function to modify it.

    It’s still shaky to embed by URL. When people delete their tweets (looking sideways at people I will only sub-comment), it breaks the embed. If you really want an iron archive, screenshot it, and maybe link to the tweet.

    That’s a lot of work IMHO. I guess I can live with what dies.

    BUT… BUT… you are going down the same road as most others by thinking of Storify as only for making bead strings of tweets. It did much more.

    1. Been doing some more digging Alan. I copied a few old Twitter Chats and thought I’d trial uploading them to It really is not liking my dump of approx 500 Tweets. I thought about batching them, but that did not seem to make a difference. Back to the drawing board.

      Also on:

  2. 500 is a lot. I’ve done ones with around 200 on a self hosted WP. First load is sluggish; I think for looking at database it saves the converted blickquote html as a post transient, and I also use WP super cache.

    It’s a lot to ask, right? That’s 50o transaction requests from twitter.


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