Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Ides of March are upon us. Last month FoldingStory was picked up by ReadWriteWeb and TheNextWeb and was featured in a news feed along with stories about Apple, Baidu, Google, Twitter, and Firefox. So keep folding those stories, you're in good company!

Announcements

A FOLDINGSTORY LESSON PLAN

We’ve received several requests from forward-thinking teachers who would like to integrate social storytelling into the classroom, and we were delighted when blogger/educator Kristian Still experimented using FoldingStory with his year 10 English Functional Skills class. He wrote up a great step-by-step guide and conclusion for trying this in your own classrooms. If you’ve tried this in your classroom please let us know how it went, we would love to hear from you!

A NEW MILESTONE

We’re pleased to announce that in the last month NixonBlack was the first user to reach 1,000 folds and also 1,000 votes! We would also like to give a shout out to MoralEnd for being the only other user to reach this level.

WORD COUNT TRENDS

Inspired by the number of folds adding up, we decided to take a look into the expanding FoldingStory universe to see if we could find something of sociological value in the words used by all of you folders. In time we hope to uncover some interesting trends, but for now here’s a revealing look at the top 10 most referenced proper nouns used since we launched the site last October: 1. Christmas (51 folds) 2. Jesus (27) 3. George (25) 4. Jackson (24) 4. Jack (24) 6. Santa (23) 7. Sarah (21) 8. Bob (20) 9. China (19) 9. Starbucks (19)

1,000 USERS OR BUST

We’ve found that the more diverse the authors of a story, the more interesting the final stories turn out to be. Therefore, in an effort to keep the collective ideas flowing and the stories as fresh as possible, we’re currently on a push to break the threshold of 1,000 FoldingStory users. So please be sure to tell your friends and share with the rest of the world how much fun we’re having over here at FoldingStory! Use the links at the bottom of the page to Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.

Featured Fold & Story

This month’s Featured Fold was submitted by MoralEnd, whose “Waxen Queen” offers her royal subjects no explanation: “…and performed ‘Rent’ in Spanish. Her Edict demanded that the still life perform all theater works in Spanish because, well…she was the ‘Waxen Queen,’ she didn’t need reasons…” Unless you’re too busy conducting still life Spanish theatre yourself, read the full story here. Want to check out more great folds and see how yours stack up? Check out our Top Folds page.

Proctologists, penguins, and naked strangers conspire to keep up with the Joneses in this month’s Featured Story, “This world’s remaining strange mysteries exist among the nooks and crannies of civilization…

Site Activity as of March 16, 2011

10,426 Folds
1,512 Stories
597 Finished Stories
824 Members

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Posted by dan at 7:13 PM | 2 comments

Comments

1 SlimWhitman's photo

Hi. I discovered FoldingStory recently and am enjoying it immensely. It is entertaining and I am rediscovering the pleasures of writing creatively. I passed along recommendations to my brothers, one joined soon after. We used to play this game as children and the fun hasn’t gone out of it as an adult. However, adults write differently than children and the two don’t mix well. Often a very nice adult storyline is interrupted by a younger writer who doesn’t understand the content or multiple layers of meaning from the previous line. This is a shame. The kids aren’t really enjoying it fully either because the writing is beyond them, perhaps some of the adult content is even inappropriate for them. I think that a scheme to separate the two groups (adult accounts?) would be helpful to solve this problem.

Thanks for FoldingStory and for considering my 2 cents.

Slim

2 geoff's photo

Hey Slim,

Glad you’re having fun on FoldingStory and it has rekindled your enjoyment of creative writing!

Your point is well taken. We believe there are many different people out there with a wide variety of writing styles. Although FoldingStory was designed to allow these different authors and styles to mesh, we recognize that this doesn’t always result in a coherent finished product. Therefore, we are in the process of creating a new feature which will allow the story’s creator to limit the contributors to a specific group rather than allow anyone to contribute to the story. We hope that this solution will provide the freedom to create stories that anyone can contribute to while also providing the option to be more selective about who contributes to a story.

Thanks for your comment and feel free to send any future comments and suggestions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Best,

Geoff & The FoldingStory Team

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