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Visual Storytelling Platform Chronicles, Preserves Our Collective History

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In a sense we all are living stories just waiting to be expressed. No matter what the medium, storytelling will always have its place in preserving our history.

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” – Rudyard Kipling.

Moving storytelling into the visual realm, Chronicle has beta launched its collaborative visual storytelling platform and iOS app that empowers communities around the world to record their shared experiences and contribute to a collective, visual narrative.

While billions of images are shared online every day, standalone snapshots are often lost in an endless feed. The Chronicle platform solves this problem, as it enables communities to preserve their visual histories, together.

With Chronicle, multiple users add photos to a single interactive and chronological timeline on a specific subject. This creates a collaborative visual and ongoing record.

The “TimeSlider” feature allows users to quickly travel through history to access content from past months, years, or decades. Photos include details such as date, title, description, location, source, and searchable tags. 

“Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.” – Plato

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Der Grossvater erzählt eine Geschichte by Albert Anker, 1884

“We created Chronicle to serve as a platform for the greater community, in order to record and easily access our collective visual history,” said Chronicle Founder and CEO Steven McBride, who has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and new media.

According to the most influential mythologist of the 20th Century, Joseph Campbell, there is basically only one story, and that story is our own story. It is a re-telling of the hero’s story – a monomyth that puts us on the journey of the hero with a thousand faces as he goes through life and is forever changed by his experiences.

History is made of our collective stories and journeys, and Chronicle looks to preserve our unique history in visual form.

“We live in an increasingly ephemeral world, but with Chronicle, everyone’s moments come together to tell and preserve a community’s history,” said McBride.

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Steven McBride

Many organizations, subject experts, and other users currently utilize the platform to chronicle their stories. Iconic NYC-based establishments Webster Hall and Daredevil Tattoo, award-winning photographers such as Robert Zuckerman, and libraries across the nation use Chronicle to crowdsource local history.

“One of the best things about Chronicle is that it is crowdsourced and community-driven. It’s designed to tell the ongoing story about a place or subject from the different perspectives of all those involved,” said McBride.

“In this, the platform provides our collective visual history, for the greater good now and in the years to come.”

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Tim Hinchliffe
Tim Hinchliffe is the editor of The Sociable. His passions include writing about how technology impacts society and the parallels between Artificial Intelligence and Mythology. Previously, he was a reporter for the Ghanaian Chronicle in West Africa and an editor at Colombia Reports in South America. tim@sociable.co