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Story Wheel

Stories Behind User Photos

Published 05/17/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

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.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

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.

What are the differences to other apps?

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.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

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.

How does the registration process work?

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.

What does it cost to use the application?

There are no costs assocaited with using Story Wheel and users can create their stories without needing to pay any fees.

Who would you recommend the application to?

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.

  • Users can create story wheels related to pictures
  • Story Wheel enables the creation of nostalgic slideshows based on selected photos
  • Stories are available for sharing and viewing
  • Stories can be personalized with audio and many photos
  • Users can connect to Instagram from the Story Wheel application

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Story Wheel pricing

FREE - Permanently free version