1. Build a profile and connect with friends and family
2. Gather picture and document "Artifacts" that define your life
3. Video yourself telling the stories behind the Artifacts
4. Upload the videos and Artifacts to LivingHistory
5. Arrange the videos and Artifacts in our StoryLab
6. Publish your completed Story to the audience of your choice
7. Invite others to share your Artifacts in their Stories
Q. What are “Artifacts” on LivingHistory?
A. “Artifacts”, which you’ll always see designated with a capital “A” are the building blocks of a LivingHistory profile. They are digital copies of photographs, documents, videos, and audio clips that you feel define your life in some important way.
Q. What if I don’t have any Artifacts to compliment my Story?
A. While it’s not absolutely necessary that you include Artifacts, a quick web search will likely provide many pictures that could enhance your Story. For example, if a Story is about a baseball game that happened in Philadelphia in 1955, you could include general pictures of the city, the types of uniforms worn, the types of baseballs used, etc. Just be sure any pictures taken from the internet are in the public domain and not someone’s personal property.
Q. What are “Stories” on LivingHistory?
A. “Stories”, which you’ll always see designated with a capital “S” are the ultimate goal of a LivingHistory profile. They are a combination of short video clips of the user telling their story and pertinent Artifacts. LivingHistory includes a StoryLab, where video clips and Artifacts are placed in a particular sequence to build a cohesive final product, a Story.
Q. What is the “StoryLab”?
A. StoryLab is the section of LivingHistory where you bring together the Artifacts you’ve uploaded with the video clips of your storytelling. It allows videos and Artifacts to be placed in a linear order, so they will display one after another to create a cohesive “Story”. Each Artifact will remain on screen for a user determined number of seconds and will be followed by either another Artifact or a video clip. StoryLab will allow you to add as many video clips and Artifacts as you like and in any order until your Story is perfect.
Q. What if I want to capture Stories about someone else?
A. This would make you a “LivingHistorian”. There are three types of accounts on LivingHistory, Personal, Official, and Unofficial. Personal accounts are maintained by the Storyteller themselves. Official accounts are maintained by a third party, but with the Storytellers direct permission. These would be used by family members or other trusted individuals assisting the subject in telling their Stories. Unofficial accounts are used only in cases where the subject is no longer living, and others are telling their Stories as they know them.
Q. Is there a fee for using LivingHistory?
A. While the details are still being worked out, LivingHistory hopes to offer 10GB of storage space to each user free of charge. That’s enough to hold hundreds of high resolution documents and over 20 minutes of 1080P video. Additional free storage may be available to users with large followings and a high number of page views. Server space can also be purchased for a reasonable fee.
Q. Who can see my Artifacts and Stories?
A. LivingHistory allows you to designate exactly who has access to each Artifact and Story. You can choose generic categories like Just Me (only you can view), Public (anyone can view), Friends (any of your LivingHistory friends can view), Family (anyone you’ve designated as a family member can view), or you can build an unlimited number of custom groups to control exactly who has access to what information.
Q. I’m not a strong computer user, will I be able to use LivingHistory to share my Stories?
A. While LivingHistory is designed to be as intuitive and user friendly as possible, it will require basic skills to build and maintain a profile, upload and arrange videos and Artifacts, maintain a friend list, etc. In short, if you can navigate other social media sites effectively, you should be comfortable on LivingHistory. If this is not the case, you can find someone to act as a “LivingHistorian” and give them permission to open and maintain an “Official” account under your name.
Q. What are the best practices for capturing my videos?
A. Your final Story is going to include video clips and Artifacts, so begin by deciding which Artifacts will complement the Story. Record your video in sections with breaks where you want the viewer to see an Artifact. As a rule, none of you video clips should be longer than three continuous minutes as this will keep the file size reasonable and facilitate uploads and Story creation in the StoryLab .