With Google Stories there is no room for humility
Have you made your Google Story yet? I confess, up until today I totally did not even have a clue how to do this! Of course it didn't take much searching to figure out how to make one (Here's a hint: Type "Google stories make your own" in the Google box).
With a Google Story you have 7 frames to put together a beginning, a middle, and an end. There's no room for fluffery or beating around the bush, that's for darn sure!
For my Google Story, I did one on how medical professionals moving to Gainesville FL can find the best REALTOR(R) to help them with their home search.
Why would I do my Google Story on this?
- Because I am a real estate agent in Gainesville FL,
- Who is the wife of a physician,
- Who has lived in 6 states and has moved 11 times and understands the urgency and time constraints often facing medical professionals moving in to a new city,
- Who once had to find a city area, school district, neighborhood, and house to live in.... all within 48 hours,
- Who gets that with these kinds of time constraints and these kinds of stress levels there is no room left over for melodrama or fuss.
The thing I liked best about putting together my own Google Story, besides the fact that it's all about ME, and about how I help medical professionals moving to Gainesville FL find their perfect home, is the fact that it was so EASY to put together.
What do you want your story to be about?
You need to have a clear idea of where you want to begin, and where you want to end, and what you want to happen in between. With such strict time and space limitations, there is no room left over for an "Aww shucks" storyline.
Once you have a clear idea in your head re what you want your story to be about and where you want it to go, get started!
Basically what you do is you type a term into a search box to begin your Google Story....I suppose you could call this first Google Search frame setting the scene.
After you type in what you want your search term to be (whether it's your first search term for your story, or your seventh -- the maximum), you click on the drop-down box and pick whether you want this search to be a web search, a blog search, an image search, a product search, a news search, or a book search.
After you pick which type of search, Google Stories shows you a short preview of that selection. If you want to see what another selection looks like, just make another selection from the drop-down menu and preview it.
After you've finished your project, you get to pick the music you'd like to accompany your Google Story. Again, Google Story rocks because you get to listen to short bits of different musical pieces before selecting one that you think would be most appropriate for your video.
All done? Then hit DONE! Then Google Stories will generate the video (which takes all of a minute or two) and you get to preview it. If you are happy with it, you can select to publish it to YouTube and Google does the rest. After it uploads onto YouTube you can share it with all types of social networks like FaceBook and Twitter, and you can even grab the embed code and use it to do something like THIS cool post. :)
Now, if after watching your Google Story preview you are not completely happy with it, just press the edit button. Google Stories will take you back to the canvas where you can dink around by inserting new search terms and seeing what they will do to further tighten up your story and tell it more convincingly to your audience. WAY fun tool!
Would love some feedback from you all re what you think of mine....effusive praise is welcomed and encouraged! :)