One of the driving philosophies behind this site is the lack of any negative or scathing reviews. I don’t see the point in informing readers of the presence of an app which is not useful. This philosophy also has an added benefit for me: I get to write only about web or mobile entities I can get excited about.
Every now and then, though, I discover something which elevates that level of excitement to a new level. I’m absolutely delighted to present StoryLane.
Storylane, as the name would imply, is a place to tell stories. It’s a simple and unassuming idea, but look a little closer and you’ll find a potentially disruptive ethos.
It took a bit of exploring to pin down the source of that disruptive nature. This is my take:
With every social media entity on the web, there are coinciding profiles. Twitter, Facebook, Quora... click on a user’s profile and you’re shown a summary of a user’s activity on any given site. On closer inspection, though, these profiles do little to truly encapsulate the person behind the profile. After all, we are not the summary of our data.
We are the sum of the stories that we have lived.
How much insight might you glean from the school a person attended, where they work, how many kids they have, their last tweet? Some, perhaps, but this information is extremely superficial.
These profiles are the equivalent of the niceties we exchange when we meet a person.
“What do you do?”
“Where did you grow up?”
How much more enlightening it would be, instead, to ask “What’s your story?”
That’s precisely what StoryLane does. It allows its users to give us a glimpse into who they are.
There are the typical social aspects, of course. Invite others, follow people.
Users can create topics, appropriately named StoryLanes, and invite others to write about that topic. You can also follow Storylanes themselves.
The site is extremely fast, and designed very well. In fact, one almost doesn’t even notice the design, which is the mark of great design. It gets our of your way and lets the experience jump off the page. It distinctly reminds me of [Medium}(http://medium.com), which isn’t a bad thing.
I could write more about this startup, but I’m going to leave it at that, because part of the magic is in exploring the site, and I dare not deny you that. So go, experience StoryLane, and tell your story. Might I suggest a story or two?
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