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Cowbird

Storyteller Community Sharing Stories


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Published 05/17/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

Cowbird provides users with a small group or community of people who tell stories. However, these stories are at a deep and personal level. Users can create audios and videos about any aspect of their lives or users can continuously build an diary that contains progressive updates. The community of storytellers can also come together to work collaboratively on projects that showcase aligned interests or objectives of the users. Such projects or interests are referred to as sagas that can affect various aspects of life and the human race. Apart from documenting personal stories, users can also discover or experience perspectives from other people. To present stories, Cowbird provides its users with typography, infographics and the ability to upload photos. By creating, sharing and collaborating on stories, users contribute to a permanent online storage environment for stories about human experiences and sagas.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

In 2009, Jonathan Harris began creating Cowbird and it evolved over time to what it is today. The objectives of the Cowbird include colloboration in documenting issues that occur through the use of stories that provide a personal perspective. Through a participatory approach, various users can contribute to stories which adds up to a knowledgebase of experience from a varity of people. This makes the application appealing and able to gain popularity. Such knowledge is also documented and available for others to read, gain insight from or simply become aware of information.

What are the differences to other apps?

Unlike other applications, Cowbird goes to a deeper and more personal level with the kinds of stories that are provided. Hence, by moving to another level of storytelling, Cowbird differentiates itself from other storytelling and story sharing applications on the web.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Cowbird application is a colorful application that presents a collage of photos that make the website very appealing to look at and use. A search box is provided for users to search for various terms and keywords. Search results are presented based on the keywords that were searched. Users can also view stories of the day, recently authored stories and rising story-telling stars.

How does the registration process work?

To register for Cowbird, potential users need to request an invitation by providing their name, email address and information about the kind of stories they like to tell or write. Some brief information about Cowbird is also provided.

What does it cost to use the application?

User can use the Cowbird bird without needing to pay any fees. There are no costs assoaciated with sharing stories or reading stories that other users provide. Users simply sign in and begin using Cowbird.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Cowbird is a friendly way to put thoughts on paper about different story ideas a users may have. The Cowbird application makes it easy to write, share and find stories about a variety of topics. Simply searching with keywords can provide access to various stories available on Cowbird. Stories can be short and really brief. However, the use of pictures can help to make the platform interesting as well.

  • Users can use a story editor to create and keep audio and visual diaries that pertain to their life
  • Collaborations and interactions can occur between users on Cowbird
  • Themes known as sagas are used to prepare stories that affect millions of people
  • There is the availability of human and relatable stories about various topics
  • Cowbird provides stunning storytelling presentation tools for its users


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