Frequently asked questions
What does this website do?
Story Follower is a tool that allows you to follow stories over time. As new articles are added to storylines you are subscribed to, you will be notified according to your preferences.
How can I use this as a tool to stay informed?
Not only can it be used to follow news stories, you can use it to keep up with all sorts of information based on a topic, or "storyline." Here are some examples of what Story Follower can be used for:
- Sports scores
- Band information
- Tour dates
- New music releases
- Local news
- Theatrical releases
Could you draw me a picture to show me how it works?
What is a storyline?
A storyline is a way to group many related articles into a relevant flow of information. This allows news articles to be classified by something more specific than the typical categories of "Entertainment," "World" and "Business." Now you can have "Star Wars," "Machu Picchu" and "Google."
I want to submit some articles, how do I do that?
Simply click our bookmarklet
when you are reading an article you want to submit. If no one has submitted the article yet, you can submit it and follow the storyline. If someone has submitted the article, you will be alerted to subscribe to the storyline.
I want to follow to some stories, how do I do that?
This is the same procedure as submitting. Click our bookmarklet
when you are reading an article you want to follow. If no one has submitted the article yet, you can submit it and follow the storyline. If someone has submitted the article, you will be alerted to subscribe to the storyline.
How do different articles get added to the same storyline?
When you are submitting a new article, you are asked to either create or choose a storyline. Ideally, all related stories will go under the same storyline, so it's best to first be sure there isn't an existing storyline. If there is no matching storyline, create one!
How do I create a really good storyline title?
The idea behind this site is for you to be able to follow storylines that contain related stories. Depending in the subject matter, you may want to have a broad title or a specific one.
Too broad of a topic and subscribers will get spammed. Too narrow of a topic and you might miss out on articles.
Storylines are going to be created by you and other users, so please take the time to create a relevant storyline.
Example, if you are submitting an article about Saab going out of business, you would probably want to add it to the "Saab" storyline, not to the "Cars" storyline.
How do I receive updates when a new article is added?
You will only receive updates based on your subscription
settings. You can receive email and/or RSS updates only at the moment. Other notification methods are in the works.