Obviously it’s a good idea to create multimedia stories to immerse your viewers. Today’s attention spans aren’t interested in plain unaccompanied text stories. But now, everyone who is creating multimedia projects start out using the same media forms: text, photo, audio, and video. What else is there? A possible answer is geolocation and interactive maps. I don’t mean slapping a picture of America on your website, but using an interactive map to add to your story. There are a few new, free tools to create theses maps. What makes these tools interactive is that you can integrate other media into the maps. For example, you can use recent geo-tagged photos from Instagram to display on the map. Also, you can use your own images and create them in a way that adds to your story; wether it be historical images or beautiful scenic photography. A website called Mapbox allows you to create a map in many different ways. You can show live data, directions, and even send notifications.
I think this can be such a great addition to many stories. Going multimedia is about creating visuals and representations of the story. For example, instead of just typing, “He went to the coffee shop in town,” you could show the trail a person travelled, along with an image of the coffee shop and even add Instagram posts geo-tagged from that area. It makes the story so much more real and memorable. However, I wouldn’t prefer this to be overdone, I think it depends on the story. As a reader, I wouldn’t want to see an interactive map while reading a story that doesn’t need it. It has to be relevant to the story.