Try this new format for mobile storytelling
Clicking and scrolling is so 2010. Now a writer and media inventor has created a new storytelling format that takes advantage of mobile screens to let people tap through a story.
Call it a tap essay, sort of a slide show or multiple-page greeting card for the iPhone. Readers use their fingers to tap their screens to move the story forward.
That’s right: forward. Never back.
Linear storytelling reduces distractions.
That’s one of the constraints laid out by Robin Sloan. He’s the San Francisco-based writer and inventor who created the tap essay. Among the “rules” of tap essays, readers:
- Can’t go backwards
- Don’t follow links
- May tweet some phrases
The only thing the reader controls is the pace.
Because of these navigational limitations, the tap essay reduces the distractions of the Web. And, because you can see only one screen at a time, it enforces the linear narrative even more than print does.
Check out Sloan’s essay for yourself.
Like an online slide show
Think of tap essays as online slide shows with a twist.
Tap it out on Tapestry.
Now you can create your own tap essays or read others for inspiration on Tapestry, a new iPhone app.
Give it a go.