I’ve been searching to try out a developer version of Google’s Living Stories for a while, and thanks to Google they just created a WordPress plugin. Thankfully, this blog is built on WordPress so I had an available site already to try it out on. The documentation is pretty good and I was able to get it going in about 20 minutes. (If you don’t know what Living Stories is, see health care example.)
It was neat to try, though it really complicated the WordPress admin screen. But, it did was it said it would, so I can’t complain. I am not convinced of the UI, but I haven’t really seen a real commercial implementation.
I am guessing you are all expecting a link now to my example? Sorry, I had to turn it off. The theme required to use Living Stories is the WordPress default, and although it looked easy to add it to my theme I didn’t want to be troubled. Living Stories is meant for news agencies with lots of content, so it was kind of wasted on my small site.
Cool stuff though if you think it might enhance your site.