Everyone tells stories. Whether we are telling a friend about what we saw on our morning commute or sharing an old family story that is passed down through the generations we all take part in storytelling. By definition storytelling is “the telling or writing of stories;” and the definition of a story is “a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader.” Both of these definitions are very broad and that allows all people to be considered a storyteller.
Social media has become a large contributor of storytelling. Facebook posts, tweets, and Instagram captions allow for anyone with an account to tell all of their friends and followers stories of what is going on in their lives. Hashtags are make it easy to find interesting stories about a plethora of things. Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show did a series of segments on his show where he asked viewers to tweet using certain hashtags such as #WeddingFails and #OneTimeInClass. These segments are incredibly hilarious and they are extremely relatable.
Twitter is definitely not the only media platform that allows for people to tell stories. Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, and Youtube all allow for storytelling to thrive. Tumblr and Youtube both are great platforms for storytelling. Tumblr, a blogging website, allows for people to share stories, pictures, gifs, and videos with a large audience which often results in a story being spread to a large amount of people. Tumblr posts fall under many different categories; they can be humorous, awkward, happy, sad, angry, or any other emotion that the blogger wants. Youtube allows for an even larger audience to take part in storytelling as either the storyteller or the audience. Professional storytellers can share their stories as small animated or live action videos draw in the attention of viewers. Anyone with access to a computer and internet can go onto Youtube and find just about any story that they want to hear.