In Brief

Cowbird allows you to keep an audio-visual diary and collaborate with others.

The online project Cowbird is a place where storytellers can keep audio-visual diaries, write stories and collaborate with others in documenting “sagas” taking place in the world, like the Occupy movement. Artist and programmer Jonathan Harris’ labor of love, Cowbird aims to grow as a community and focus on long-lasting and personal storytelling.

Individuals can document their lives with either public or private diaries that can feature a combination of words, pictures and audio, as well as tags, locations, dates, characters and dedications. Connections between personal experiences lead to larger “sagas” and member’s stories can be combined into a collective tale about a specific event. The storyteller’s writing is organized and can be explored in a timeline or on an interactive map. You can also explore an index of themes in the library or discover connections between your life and the lives of others. You can save the stories you love to your diary so you can find them again and join an author’s audience to view their new stories in your “News” area.

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