We’ve decided to start using ScribbleLive for live blogging. It offers many of the same features as our former platform. You can collaborate, pull in outside Tweets or Facebook posts, embed images, video, and other multimedia content.. And you can have a virtually unlimited number of viewers. And, as if all of that weren’t enough, the interface is very intuitive.
One minor problem is that our account will only allow a limited number of events to take place at any given time. So, if you are planning to use it for an upcoming event, please claim your turf by giving us a heads up.
Then, dig in. Here’s how to set it up:
- Log in. (All StateImpact reporters should have gotten invitations in early January.)
- If you didn’t specifically log out of your previous session, it will ask you to do so. Don’t fret. Just log out and it will take you to the home page. You’ll still be signed in.
- To create a new event, Hover over “Events” in the left-hand column and select “Start a new live event.” You should then see this screen:
4. Give your event a clear title, a brief description, and a start and end time (it is usually good to begin the blog 15 to 30 minutes before the actual event, for good measure). Leave the syndication preference set to “no” and select your correct time zone. You should be fine leaving the spam filters at their default settings.
5. Make a few choices:
1. Do you want viewers to know the exact location of your event? If so, put that in there.
2. Do you want to have a comment box so that viewers can comment on your posts? If so, select that feature.
3. Do you want comments to automatically populate into your blog? If so, select “No moderation.”
5. When you are done making your selections, click on “choose a template,” at the bottom of the page. Scroll down to the “Embed” options and you should see this:
We suggest you go with the “Debate Chat,” which fits nicely on our blogs. Click on it and then copy and paste the embed code into an blog post.
6. Click on “Invite writers.” You, your reporting partner, and anyone else you’d like to have the keys to post directly onto the chat should be listed. Make sure they have green checks next to their names. Then, click on “write.”
7. There are several options for what you can do here, and we suggest you explore and get a feel for it before your first run to see what makes sense for you. Among your options:
- You can automatically pull up to five Twitter feeds and/or any hashtag into your feed. Just hover over “social” and fill in the blanks. Beware: It is best to simply choose to either work from Twitter OR Scribble. If you plan to live Tweet the event from your Twitter account, follow yourself. If not, write directly into Scribble and you can select those that you wish to also post to Twitter. (Only the first 140 characters of the post will appear on the Twitter-side, of course.) If you go this route, don’t follow yourself or your posts will appear twice in the feed. Follow anyone else whose messages you want to have in your feed. You can do the same with any one #hashtag. Just be careful when you create a feedback loop (i.e., when you post from Scribble to your Twitter account and use the hashtag that you are following) because your post will appear in your feed twice. In the case of hashtags, there is no option but to just delete that duplicate post if and when it appears.
- You can do the same with any Facebook post.
- You can link a Flickr account, as well, or upload any other media directly from your computer.
8. Before your event starts, set up a few things in your profile:
1. Hover over your name, in the upper right-hand corner.
2. Go to your profile.
3. Upload a headshot or avatar.
2. Connect your Twitter account to your ScribbleLive account. More on this here.
9. If you chose to moderate comments, rather than let them just automatically populate in your blog post, that is also a sinch. You’ll see them populate on the right. You can also use the search tool to search for keywords or hashtags. Whatever shows up, if you want it in your feed, just click the check mark. If not, X them out.
10. When you are done with the event, pat yourself on the back. Then end your event on the Scribble site (or it might continue to pull in Tweets).
Even though everything we walk through here is likely all that you will need to create an engaging live blog, you can get a lot fancier than this. For more on these, watch the 40-minute tutorial below or jump down to some of the specific sections that we’ve linked to below.
And happy live blogging!