There’s more than one way to tell a story. Here’s a tool that combines several at once. Officially launched on July 23, Meograph lets storytellers create timelines with images, text, audio clips and videos on an interactive map.
The mashup of different media provides more detail and different perspectives as the story unfolds. The initial design featured a Google Map with a multimedia overlay. Viewers could press the “play” button to follow the timeline from location to location with videos popping up to tell the story.
The company was already working on improvements to the interface when it first opened in Beta in May 2012. “We’re making the design more responsive so that the site looks beautiful and works well on any screen or mobile device,” Meograph founder and CEO Misha Leybovich said at the time.
The latest version is more compact, with built-in features for embedding media and a dashboard for checking page views on previous projects. Recently added is a graphical authoring tool for uploading media files as well as adding text. A built-in “record” button makes the narration process immediate and simple.
Meograph also connects to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Pinterest, and other networks to make it easier to share a story with audiences and friends.
Click here to sign up for an account or take a test drive. Right now, the tool works best on Google Chrome.