Social media storytelling

sharing stories online

Picture: =-Jotek-=, Momio Poland

Everything is a story now – or rather everything can be turned  into a story, especially if you’re thinking about posting it on your social media. It can be as simple as an outing with friends, a trip to the movies or a concert, or as exciting as a trip to South America.  People love sharing their experiences and the best way to do it is in a form of a fun story or an anecdote.

The story of my life

But how and why turn a small event into a full-blown story and why do it online? Well, social media is meant to connect people and encourage discussion. Moreover, a post online allows you to frame your story in a way you desire and of course in a way that gives you the opportunity to add some meaning to it. As this article mentions:

Frames work to structure the meaning of messages. Thus, they not only tell people what to think about but also how to think about it. This creates unilateral conversation. Traditional media does not allow the audience to participate, and thus rarely exposes multiple views on a topic.

And that discussion is a very important part of why we also share our tales online and not just as a point in a conversation. It allows you to find others who are equally invested and involved. Social media also allows to personalize the way you share a story, it can be text, a video, a picture, even a live feed. This versatility is what attracts so many people to it.

Why do we share?

One would think that the only reason behind telling online stories is to make yourself look good. And that is definitely one part of it. However, there is a deeper side to it: we want to stay connected and be a part of a community. We want to relate to others in a positive way and perhaps have a positive impact on how others feel. That is definitely what we aim for on Momio and our users are great at forming lasting bonds and making others feel good.

We still need to be careful what we share and with whom. There is no question about it and the Momio users are well aware of that too. So with a bit of caution, telling stories on social media can be a great experience.

About the author:

Diana Cereniewicz, Momio

Diana Cereniewicz was a Polish Community Manager and Campaign Manager at Momio where she worked from 2015 to 2019. She has a master’s degree in English literature and language, and dabbles in translation and interpretation as well. She also does diverse online content creation and moderation.

Read a Q&A with Diana here!