Last week I was working for Gradcore at their Graduate Recruitment Conference – I was there to provide event coverage (some of which you can see here). It was a really interesting conference which looked at the issue of graduate employability. A part of my work was to live tweet on the event hashtag #GEC13 and this whilst looking at the tweets I noticed a link to a Storify from Martin Hughes (@universityboy).

For those of you unfamiliar with Storify, it is a curation tool that lets you drag and drop content from a range of sources – web links, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and so on. Once you have ordered your content you can save and share and embed the ‘Storify’ wherever you want.

Back to Martin’s Storify. Now, Martin wasn’t at the conference but he was following it on the hashtag. He writes a lot about the university experience from a student/graduate perspective so this event was of interest. So he put together his highlights from the Twitter stream from the event – which I have embedded below.

What stands out is Martin’s commentary. He has selected some tweets and added his thoughts, reflections and links. These thoughts provide a commentary to the tweets which in turn provides a different perspective on what was said at the conference. His commentary serves to broaden out the conversation by adding context. Indeed, at one point he alludes to the fact that one tweet might also prompt a further post:

A good question, with no easy answer. Many strands to this one. I may have to revisit this in detail another time.

Coming back to the fact Martin was not there, this use of Storify shows how anyone can add value to an event they are interested in and yet are not able to attend. And by sharing the Storify back on to the Twitter hashtag he is adding it back to the conversation around the event. This is a simple but powerful way to add value to the Twitter conversation and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a topic.