It’s no secret that I love technology, so when I learned about StoryMark, I had to download it on my iPhone. Join me for the official test. I’m posting this entry to our blog on WordPress to explain the basics, then I’ll follow it up with a real StoryMark entry on Facebook. Crossing fingers!
StoryMark allows you to combine a photo with a 30-second sound clip. The combined image/sound can then be shared via SMS, email, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.*
- AppNewser provides a great quick overview of the app.
- GalleyCat explains how authors might want to use it.
I thought it would be fantastic for the occasional blog post to simply post a photo with a sound clip. Tumblr’s platform is pretty high-tech, but our website here at Author E.M.S. is built on WordPress. Then it occurred to me that WordPress allows users to submit posts via email. Unfortunately, during my test run, I discovered that WordPress doesn’t support attachments, so it won’t work with StoryMark because the photo comes through as an attachment. (But I will cover how to post blogs on WordPress via email next month!)
The biggest lesson from this?
Any technology comes with a learning curve. Don’t expect to master it in a day. I had high hopes, and I still think the StoryMark app may be very useful for me. But it’s going to take me a week to master it, not a day.
*Note: my StoryMark app gives simple instructions for how to post to Facebook and how to email as an attachment. Nothing about Twitter or YouTube, so I’m not sure (yet) how those work. When I did a trial post to Facebook, I had to update an Adobe Flash Player in order to see it. Oh, and it only posts to my personal profile, not any of my pages. If you’re curious to see the StoryMark, visit my Facebook profile.