In the growth of social media marketing, we must know the importance that digital storytelling plays within social media. Everyday now, as we browse the web from home on our desktops, with out tablets or phones while waiting for time to pass, or even now on our smart TVs that some of us might have, there are several ways that we engage with digital storytelling. Every word we see on websites, every video we watch online from video hosting services, and all the funny image macros or important posts that could be found on blogs or social media sites, these are all forms of digital storytelling and it’s amazing to see how much content is out there.
Internet video content has become as popular as television now these days. With sites like Youtube and Vimeo constantly growing with content, people utilize these sites to share their content for various ways. I’ve been enjoying great channels on Youtube lately that share amazing stories, all made from people with the talent to tell stories for their video hosting channel. One of these channels I’d like to share is called Snarled, a Youtube channel that hosts stories and lists about scary stories, scenarios, and information that we learn from the host that has chosen to take the time to cover the topic. Here is an example from Snarled.
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When we seek through the internet for news or we see feeds on social networking sites, we think of this as almost a daily task, but this as well is a form of digital storytelling. Local news or major news, we still turn to these articles to get information and read into what is going on around us. This type of digital storytelling helps us keep connected and helps us keep up with current events. One site that I always use as a great standby for local news is always Peninsula Daily News’ website.
Another great and interesting aspect towards digital storytelling, is websites that have ways of sharing images, videos, posts, and other content directly onto the site from outside sources while trailing back to the original content. Reddit has been a great site that covers practically everything. Sub-Reddits are pages that belong to certain topics. Lots of great stories and lots of interesting stories come from different Sub-Reddits. Feel free to explore Reddit and see if you can find some great digital stories that you can relate to.
These examples are some great mainstream examples of how digital storytelling has evolved through the times of utilizing the internet. Things as simple as advertisements help companies grow from telling their story as an ad, photographers post their images that in themselves could tell stories, and blogs easily represent online journals. So the importance of digital storytelling is major for use to let others know what is going on and help us tell our own stories. In social media marketing, our stories are our products, so as far as we can share our story, someone is bound to be interested in our product.