Do Storify stories have a maximum length?

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Yes! The maximum length a Storify story can be is 1000 story "elements." 

More information:

• Elements are the individual text boxes, embedded social media items or other objects in the story.

• While editing a Storify story, you will see a cutoff notice when hitting the 1000-element cap.

• The 1000-element cap was put in place along with other updates to the story editor in October of 2014. A very small number of stories created before this update exceeded 1000 elements, and may show an error when being edited today. If you own one of these stories, please contact Support via support@livefyre.com and we will provide a manual solution for you as soon as possible.

 

Why have a 1000-element cap?

To help browser performance. 
When a story is edited, the internet browser is loading the entire story to facilitate reordering and the drag-and-drop functionality. Because of this, even the most up-to-date browsers on the newest operating systems can experience slowdown or other issues when stories exceed this length. (As a comparison, imagine the performance your browser might see if trying to load a website with 1000 embedded images, videos and other media objects on it.)

Think of the story readers! :)
Did you know that someone would have to load forty pages of information to read a 1000-element story? Storify was originally created to help curate the best sources related to a story for readers, not aggregate every item on the web. The current story creation and story reading experience is not designed to accommodate stories beyond this length.

 

I really want to use 1000+ elements. What are my options?

Are you capturing a Twitter chat or event hashtag?
We understand that popular events or high-volume hashtags can have over 1000 results. If you're simply using "add them all" with every single search result, you might be adding things like duplicate tweets (from people retweeting something) or tweets that simply have "RT" in front and don't add to the conversation. Here are some easy steps to spot duplicates and trim down a story:

• Add the search results you need by using the "add them all" function any number of times.

• Use the "Reorder" button at the top of the story editor. Tweets in the story will now be organized by when they were created.

• Any duplicate tweets Twitter returned will now be seen next to each other. Quickly move down the story clicking the "X" delete button on tweets that occurred before/after the chat started, duplicate tweets or tweets that don't add to the conversation. This will shorten the story as well as make it a better reading experience for those in your audience wanting a recap of what was discussed.


Are you covering a multi-day event or ongoing occurrence?
Consider splitting event coverage into multiple stories, e.g. one story for each day or even individual popular panels at a conference or convention. At the top or bottom of each story, simply add a link like "See Coverage of Day 2" or "Click here for the next story in this series."

This approach also makes the reading experience better for those only interested in a certain day or part of an event, rather than requiring all readers to sort through dozens of pages of coverage every time.


Need more tips or troubleshooting?
If experiencing an issue with any of these features or needing more options for your stories, feel free to contact Support via support@livefyre.com any time.

 

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