Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Speaking of Stories...

Our good friend of Pulp 2.0, Jill Golick released her new web storytelling experiment yesterday called Story2Oh.com.
This is a hybrid form that incorporates text and video and web pages and is the story of Simon. Jill tells the story and the premise much better than I do:


Story2Oh! is a sexy peak into the lives of the internet generation.

Simon Beals has a blog and a video podcast about his adventures in dating. Ali Barrett blogs about knitting, relationships and sex. Their lives are about to collide.

Is it the beginning of a great romance or a disaster in the making?

Follow their story through Facebook and Youtube videos. Or read their blog posts and check out their Flickr accounts.

“We have to find new ways to tell stories for this new medium,” says Story2Oh! creator Jill Golick. “We're going to try to tell the kinds of ongoing stories we tell in series television. But we're not going to ignore the fact that they screen you're at has a mouse and keyboard. And that you may only have attention for the story in smaller bursts."

Story2Oh! heralds a big change from on-line series such as lonelygirl or quarterlife.com, which post episodes. Story2Oh! takes storytelling to the next level.

There are no on-line episodes, mobisodes or webisodes. You follow the story by following the characters on-line activity: reading their blogs, watching their vlogs, checking out their social bookmarks.

Viewer participants can leapfrog through the Internet with Simon, Ali and their friends by following a trail of links, RSS feeds and Twitters.

Story2Oh! viewers can enter the story at many different points and experience as much or as little of it as they choose.

It’d be a real page-turner, if it were a paperback. On the Internet, we aim for “twitchiness.” Like 24, Lost, Heroes and daytime soaps, the Story2Oh! story will have twists and turns, so the audience keeps checking in for the latest updates.

“What’s really cool about this is characters can communicate with the audience in a variety of ways,” says Golick. “You can challenge them to a game of Scrabulous. Write on their Facebook walls and see if they write back. Follow their break-ups and makeups by reading their blogs, but be sure to leave a comment and a link to your own blog, because they may come check you out.”

Story2Oh!'s first chapter, boymeetsgrrl, plays out from Monday January 14, 2008 until Friday January 18, 2008 with new material appearing daily.

Golick hopes to have chapter two up in February.

Enter their world at www.story2oh.com or if you're logged into Facebook, check out the Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6112912021.

Welcome to the future of storytelling.

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