How to create a Twitter Moment from yours or others’ tweets – it’s a bit like Storify

atl;dr – gathering a bunch of Tweets onto a single page for ease of reading and sharing, via a web browser (don’t think you can do this on a phone).

Note, the instructions below are for using “#NewTwitter” (which has been around for some time now). If you are using the Good Twitter browser add-on to make your Twitter look the same as it did before they rolled out the new look then you can use Twitter’s instructions (which are now slightly out of date) and you will stil be able to create a new Moment from the down arrow to the right of any tweet, which New Twitter doesn’t enable.

  1. Open the moments editing window
  2. Create a new moment
  3. Add in content
    This is where you can also create a private moment that’s visible only to people who have the link.
  4. Using search to find tweets
    1. 4a. Using search to find older tweets
    2. 4b. Finding tweets that quote tweet another tweet (ie not replies)
  5. Adding tweets
    1. 5a. Adding a tweet to your moment
    2. 5b. Adding a tweet via its link
  6. Ordering the tweets in your moment
  7. Adding images to your moment
  8. Publish or save your moment for later
  9. Edit your moment after publishing
  10. Delete your moment
  11. Finding a tweet’s link / URL

Background
We don’t have Storify anymore, there are alternatives but nothing works as well as Storify did. Twitter’s own version is… adequate (and you can only collect tweets whereas Storify let you add in anything that could be embedded).

Isn’t it just the same as a thread?
Yes-ish, but it’s all on one page and you don’t have to click to view other tweets that Twitter’s randomly hidden.

What will you collect?
Just tweets. You might use this to collect together some of your own tweets, other people’s tweets that you’ve favourited or a bunch of tweets on a topic. You can also add the tweet by its link / URL (that’s very helpful) so if it’s an older tweet you can search for it first using Twitter’s  advanced search and copy the link / URL into your Moment. (See detailed bit on [Finding a tweet’s link / URL] below).

So in the absence of Storify re-appearing, here’s how to use Moments.

Instructions
1. Open the Moments editing window
Open the Moments editing window by clicking on the blue circle with 3 dots below your avatar, then click on Moments in the menu that pops up. You can also access it by changing my name to yours in this link https://twitter.com/JoBrodie/moments

Open the Moment editing window

If you’re using the Good Twitter add-on you’ll still have a Moments tab so you can access it that way.

2. Create a new moment
You’ll see your Moments page (mine shows two Moments I’ve previously created) and the ‘create new moment’ icon is highlighted with a yellow arrow.

The Moments landing page

3. Add in content
At the top of the new page the blue bar lets you sort tweets by oldest or newest first, and lets you save [Finish later] or [Publish]. You can re-find your partially completed Moment by following Instruction #1 above. The [••• More] option on the left lets you mark if your Moment will contain sensitive material and you can also choose to share your location with Twitter (or not) though your location is not published. You can also create a private moment with the ‘Make Moment link only’ which you can then share with people privately and it won’t be published on your profile or show up to people who don’t have the link.

Starting your Moment on Twitter

Give your moment a title and description. Once you’ve added a few tweets you’ll be able to select one that has a photo to do the [Set cover] option in the middle, or you can upload an image (here are some free ones from Pixabay).

The Add Tweets to your Moment panel at the bottom has four options:

  1. Tweets you’ve liked (your favorites) – this is the default option so you’ll just see your favourites and can click on the tick symbol next to any you want to add
  2. Tweets from a particular account (could be your own) – start typing the name of an account and when it appears in the autosuggest pop-up click on it
  3. Tweets that you find via search – you can use operators like from:username or to:username to narrow things down. You could also create a search string in advanced search and copy it into the search box.
  4. Tweets where you know its link / URL – you could also use Twitter’s  advanced search and copy the tweet’s link into the Moment (see [Finding a tweet’s link / URL] below). Once you have the link just paste it in to the box, pressing enter will add it to the moment (unless it’s already there in which case the option is greyed out).

4a. Using search to find older tweets
If the tweet you’re after doesn’t show up with a basic search (or if the tweet is quite old) you might need to hunt for it using search operators in the Moment’s search bar to target it. For example this would bring up all the tweets I sent mentioning biscuits in 2017 »biscuits from:jobrodie since:2017-01-01 until:2017-12-31« (see the results for this search).

You can run the search either in Twitter’s moments and add the tweets from there, or in the main Twitter search bar and copy the link into the moment.

4b. Finding tweets that quote tweet another tweet
People often quote tweet a tweet rather than reply to it, which means that not all responses will show up as replies or in the thread. You can check if a tweet has been quote tweeted by searching Twitter for its link, just put the whole URL (eg https:// twitter .com / username / status/ 0123456789 without spaces) into Twitter’s search and press enter. All the tweets that have quote tweeted it will show up (quote tweeting is logically identical to writing a tweet and pasting in another tweet’s link). See instruction #11 for how to find a tweet’s link in its timestamp.

5a. Adding a Tweet to your Moment
The tick symbol next to any tweet will let you add it to the Moment. In the picture below I’ve added the second tweet which emerged when I ran the targeted search for tweets I’d sent in 2017 about biscuits (!).

Adding a Tweet to a Moment using the Tick symbol.png

5b. Adding a tweet via its link
The link / URL of the other biscuit-themed tweet is below…

https://twitter.com/JoBrodie/status/909517501297577984

…pasting that into the

Add tweets to a moment by their link 1 of 2.png

Add tweets to a moment by their link 2 of 2.png

If Tweet is already there you get this alert.png

If you try and add a tweet that’s already there it’ll let you know.

6. Ordering the tweets in your moment
You can also use the up and down arrows to re-order the tweets in your moment but use the option at the top of the page if you want to re-order the whole thing in chronological (or reverse chronological) order. You can remove any tweet from your moment by clicking on the X next to it.

Move up or down with the arrows and delete with the X.png

7. Adding images to your Moment
Click on the Set Cover button near the top of the page. If your moment contains tweets with images then these pictures will show up and you can pick one. There’s also the + option to upload an image from your computer.

Set Cover image 1 of 2.png

Set Cover image 2 of 2 - uploading an image.png

Once you’ve chosen your cover image you’ll likely be immediately taken to an editing page and given the option to create cropped versions for people viewing on mobiles or tablets. You can move the image around in the panel on the left and you’ll see what it will look like cropped in the view on the right. Fiddle about with it until you’re happy, then press Apply. Or choose not to crop it for mobile (I’m not really sure what happens in that case!).

On the main Moment page you can also select any other images and crop them, the icon looks like this –

Crop for mobile.png

8. Publish or save your Moment for later
Once you’ve had enough Moment-ing you can either publish it or save it for later. Publishing just means that it’s visible to everyone else if they happen to look at your Moments page (mine’s https://twitter.com/JoBrodie/moments). A suggested tweet will appear inviting you to share this fact to your followers – it’s editable, or deletable / ignorable if you don’t want to publish it.

If you come back to publishing it later, go to your Moments page, click on the Moment you want to publish, look for three of these ••• to the right of its title, click on that and EDIT is the second option. That lets you edit and then publish your Moment.

At this point Twitter might suggest that you crop any images you’ve missed, for mobile viewers, or you can ignore that suggestion and publish anyway.

Twitter may ask you to crop other images if not already done before publishing the moment but you can ignore it.png
You can ignore and publish anyway.

Ready to publish your moment.png

Share this moment - it is optional.png
Once you’ve pressed ‘Publish’ (see pic above) an optional, editable tweet is presented to you which you can amend and send or dismiss with the X if you don’t want to share it (unless you’ve made it a secret moment it will be publicly visible on your Moments profile though).

9. Edit your moment after publishing
You can also edit a Moment retrospectively and it will be updated in real time. Follow Step #1 to bring up your list of moments, click on the moment you want to edit and look for the three dots •••, you will find Edit (also Delete) among the options.

Three dots.png

Delete or edit a moment.png

Click Edit and you will be taken to the editing window and there’ll be an alert to remind you that any changes you make are automatically updated.

Editing moment - alert.png

10. How to delete a moment
As for #9 but choose Delete instead of Edit. You can’t undo it (though deleting it doesn’t delete any of the original tweets so you can remake it).

11. Finding a tweet’s link / URL
Any Tweet’s URL / link can be found in its timestamp. In the pic below you can right-click on the time-since-tweet-sent link highlighted by a green pointer and use the browser option to copy the link location, then paste it into the relevant bit in instruction #5b. Twitter has its own thing, in the down-arrow menu highlighted by a yellow pointer, which lets you embed the tweet. That opens up a new tab and auto-scrolls down the page to a section on embedding, but if you scroll back upwards you can copy and paste the link written plainly and in full. The green arrow version is much quicker (and many things will let you embed a tweet just from its link alone, without needing a bit of code – but if you need the code you can find it there).

Where to get the URL for a Tweet - timestamp or down arrow

Happy Moment-ing!

I came across this fairly random biscuit tweet of mine which I thought I’d end with 🙂

 

Alternatives to Storify (which is closing): capture old stories, create new ones

by @JoBrodie – who hopes you’ll tell her about other alternatives you know of 🙂

This post is a work in progress as I am currently trying out the different tools available.

Storify is closing its doors on 16 May 2018 and all content will become unavailable. Any time before that point you can download your own (and other people’s stories). To avoid having to keep writing Storify stories I’m just going to call them Stories for now.

Table of contents

  1. Capturing Storify stories (aka Stories)
    1. … your own
    2. … or anyone else’s
    3. Other capturing options
  2. Re-publishing your Stories
  3. Alternative tools for future use
  4. The search continues…

1. Capturing Stories

Storify‘s cheerily named ‘End of Life’ FAQ can be found here: https://storify.com/faq-eol – follow the instructions in the section called “How do I export content from Storify?

1.1 Capturing your own Stories

You can save your Stories as .XML, .HTML or .JSON files. When I tried with the HTML I was expecting a page of code but ended up with something that wasn’t quite that, and which I couldn’t embed into a new post. However you can still use the Save As option to save it as a web page (or as a PDF). You’d need to do this for each of your Stories.

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You can also save as a web page by sticking .html at the end of any Story URL, then saving the resulting page.

Example
a) Storify original URL:
https://storify.com/jobrodie/what-happens-when-a-tweet-used-in-storify-is-delet2
(this link will stop working after 18 May)
b) Adding HTML to the end:
https://storify.com/jobrodie/what-happens-when-a-tweet-used-in-storify-is-delet2.html (this link will stop working after 18 May)
c) That HTML file saved to my Dropbox…
https://www.dropbox.com/s/efmgvuaq8h4xfld/What%20happens%20when%20a%20tweet%20used%20in%20Storify%20is%20deleted%3F.html?dl=0
(this link should persist after 18 May)

Wakelet, a free tool, will very helpfully let you export all of your published Stories to its platform and it will automatically publish them for you once done. This works very well. I had 43 published Stories and I set it running last night and woke up to all of them being migrated (I think it probably didn’t take the whole of the night to happen!). So far it has the Jo seal of approval*.

To use it you need to sign up (free, I logged in through Google). You’ll be given a bit of text to add to your Storify profile (a sort of handshake) then you can start the process and select the published Stories you want to import.

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You need to insert the bit of text in Step ‘1’ into your Storify bio then complete Step ‘2’ and let it get on with it. There’s also an explanatory video.

For unpublished / draft Stories you can either publish them and do the above, or just get the draft on-screen and save it as a web page.

Sutori, also a free tool, that lets you export your Stories to them too. Here’s their blog post responding to the news of Storify closing. Once you’ve registered you can create a new Story and one of the options is to import from Storify.

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Click the ‘Create story’ button on the left, then choose ‘Import from Storify’ that pops up.

Comparison
Here’s the same content, imported from Storify, on Wakelet and Sutori. I think Wakelet wins this particular test because it shows the text of a deleted tweet. I created the Storify in 2011, included in it a tweet that I later deleted to see what happened (the tweet persisted) Storify original | Wakelet import | Sutori import

 

1.2 Capturing someone else’s Story

Sticking .html at the end of any Story URL, then saving the resulting page. I don’t think you can use Wakelet to capture other people’s Stories, but you can with Sutori (however if they receive a ‘please remove’ request from the person who originally wrote it they will delete it).

1.3 Other capturing options

With short Stories you could copy the link for each ‘atom’ that makes up your Story (tweets, YouTube video links etc) and insert them individually into a WordPress dot com blog, but this would be ridiculously labour-intensive for larger Stories. Screenshotting / screencapturing is also an option, or using tools like Freezepage etc.

2. Re-publishing your Stories

Wakelet will automatically take care of that, your Stories now have a new web address (which brings its own annoyance but at least they’re published).

For Stories saved as web pages (or as text, then perhaps as a PDF) you could either upload the PDF to your website (eg a free WordPress dot com blog, like this one) or put the file in something like free Dropbox and share the link wherever you like.

3. Alternative tools for future use

  • Wakelet – this seems to be the most similar to Storify so far (I have not tested it for creation of new Wakelets, only for importing old Stories)
  • Sutori – (how to create a Sutori story guide) I have created an example Sutori with four of my tweets. I think it looks nice but seems to be too labour-intensive for collecting larger volumes of tweets. Possibly I need to spend a bit more time with it.
  • Shorthand Social – I’ve not tried this yet but clearly it lets you embed tweets. I don’t know if it lets you add them at the same volume that Storify did though (several hundred at a time). Here’s their ‘guide to Shorthand Social‘ post.
  • Participate – I have not tested this but it a colleague mentioned that it can save old Storify posts.
  • Twitter threading – if you’re just interested in collecting together a bunch of tweets then create a thread, encouraging people to reply to that (you can use the Unroll tool to get all the participating tweets in one collection). Admittedly this doesn’t work as well if you have a bunch of conversations going on based around a hashtag.
  • Twitter Moments – I think this only works for tweets, don’t think you can add in YouTube links (but I haven’t tried so maybe you can).
  • WordPress dot com blogs – many things will embed into WordPress blogs. I use the free .com version so am a bit more restricted than the .org versions (where you have to download software and you’d have your own server) but you can easily add a tweet’s link and it will autoembed as the full tweet (it will remain if deleted too).

 

4. The search continues…

I wanted to find out what people on Twitter were recommending as an alternative and searching there for Storify alternatives brought up Wakelet as the clear winner, in part because they have been very proactive in contacting people tweeting that they’re seeking alternatives – a sensible use of targeted marketing! There are also lots of people recommending it.

To find additional options I ran the same search but added -wakelet to remove tweets mentioning that to let me see the other options more clearly, that highlighted Sutori and Shorthand Social. Chatting on Twitter let me hear about Participate.

*Re: Wakelet importing
Obviously some things are lost in the transfer – eg the view count, the date of publication and any embedded Stories within a Story will eventually be lost. I tried and failed to add a link to the Wakelet version of one of mine. The Wakelet URL for an imported story is alphanumeric rather than following the pattern of Storify which has its domain / the user name / the name of the Story – that would have been helpful but fairly minor compared to losing all the Stories and the effort involved in capturing them!