Story Wheel is a story-telling application that let users create stories based on pictures and images of various things. More than one photo may be used in a story and this can provide a creative process where the users determines what role each photo should play in the story and how to sequence the photos to tell the story. Story Wheel also connects to Instagram, which is another photo management and sharing application. With Instagram photos, users can record their stories around the photos and also create slideshows that proceed as the stories are heard. The audio component to story Wheel adds another component to the capability of the application. Users can also tweet about the application or use the Facebook like feature to signify their acceptance of the application.Show more screenshots »
In 2011, during an event known as the Music Hack Day Boston, Johannes Wagener and Katharina Birkenbach created Story Wheel. This application has remained a part of SoundCloud Labs. Story Wheel uses an API from SoundCloud and resides in the laboratory with other projects. In terms of popularity, there are already a large number of stories on Story Wheel and more stories are being added.
Instagram pictures are used as the basis for the story. Hence, creating a story wheel will link the users back to their Instagram photos. Perhaps, in the future, other applications may allow users to upload the photos directly from the site. Also, this application was built using SoundCloud’s API.
The application provides a nice picture-based background and feel. Links to create a new story wheel are visible. However, apart from a link for an About Us page, there isn't a lot of information available. It seems to be quite simplistic and does not have too much detail or supporting information.
To use Story Wheel, users need to connect to Instagram to pick their pictures. More access options could help enhance the application. However, Instagram appears to be the only way that access is granted.
There are no costs assocaited with using Story Wheel and users can create their stories without needing to pay any fees.
For those that appreciate simple tools, it really does not come any simplier than Story Wheel. With minimal information on the website, access through Instagram is clear. Hence, story-tellers with an interest in combining photos with audio stories will find Story Wheel an interesting application to use. It can contain databases of stories from various people all over the world and people can use Story Wheel to tell stories about various aspects of life. Life can be seen through pictures and through Story Wheel. It can also be a way to present serious stories or reports through pictures.