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Facebook Story Ideas for Writers

Do you struggle to find readers on Facebook?

SocialTimes recently caught up with Facebook journalism program manager Vadim Lavrusik, getting a long list of useful storytelling resources and tips. Here’s more from SocialTimes:

With a longer character limit than Twitter (around 60,000 characters compared to Twitter’s 140), Facebook stories can unfold in real-time through text, images, and videos on the Page or serve as a preview for a longer article on a news website. Stories told on Facebook benefit also from community dialogue through comments, likes, and shares, Lavrusik said. Facebook recently launched a media portal for journalists to aid in their storytelling, with reports on best practices for journalists and media companies, as well as a case study on how Slate magazine doubled its Facebook referrals between the second quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.

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Richard Rushfield Opens New LA Bureau for BuzzFeed

Journalist and author Richard Rushfield will open a Los Angeles bureau for BuzzFeed, covering the movie industry for the new corner of the site. Rushfield left the L.A. Times in 2009 and published his book, Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the twilight of the 80′s. 

Journalist Kate Aurthur will be the site’s chief L.A. correspndent. Journalist Michael Hastings, author of The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, will aslo join as correspondent-at-large.

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti explained: “The most creative storytellers in the world live in Los Angeles and finding a way to cover entertainment in a powerful, shareable way is a real priority to us. We’re launching a new era of BuzzFeed with this bureau and are confident that this team will lead the best, most creative crew of renegades in LA and prove that the web is no longer a sideshow for TV and movie coverage. Los Angeles will be home to BuzzFeed Video, led by Ze Frank, and a west coast special ops team, editors focused on viral content, both which will be key in preserving BuzzFeed’s DNA while creating New York’s evil twin sister on the west coast.”

Choose Your Own Twitter Adventure

chooseyrown.jpgJust when you thought Twitter was tapped out as a storytelling medium, BuzzFeed co-founder Jonah Peretti (pictured) has broken new ground in Twitter Lit–Choose Your Own Twitter Adventure.

GalleyCat has reported on Twitter Lit since its earliest days, but we haven’t seen anything like this yet. The simple Twitter story lets the reader make choices and move into other links along the Twitter stream. It’s a very short story, but his example could inspire a whole new breed of interactive Twitter fiction.

Here’s the opening tweet, a basic, open-ended spy plot: “You’re assigned a dangerous mission to save the world! Do you 1) http://bit.ly/Accept-Mission or 2) http://bit.ly/Go-On-Vacation” (Via Robin Sloan)

UPDATE: The adventure story was part of a Twitter contest between Peretti and Omar Wasow. Here are the details: “Head-to-head twitter battle tomorrow with @owasow. Most clicks on bit.ly links wins. I will need your help clicking and retweeting! Thx!”