April 15, 2014
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Heartbleed urgent security update for the internet

Lately, a major vulnerability known as “Heartbleed” has been disclosed, threatening all websites and services using OpenSSL, an open source tool to encrypt communications between personal computers and web servers. A huge majority of the internet uses OpenSSL, including Fotopedia.

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We took immediate action to fix the issue on our side, and have no evidence of any breach in our system. However, as a precaution, we highly recommend you to change your passwords – both on Fotopedia and on the other platforms.

Thank you

April 1, 2014
by fotonauts
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Tips to refine your story before publishing

Once you hit the publish button on a story, you won’t be able to go back and edit, so it’s worth taking the time to make it great. Here are a few tips for delighting your readers and getting the most from your stories.

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Proofread your draft, or share it for feedback

Another pair of eyes is always useful, and having someone else look over your story pre-publication is sometimes essential. You’ll be able to weed out typos, get advice on narrative flow or perhaps even collaborate on a more streamlined version of your story.

Pick a good title. And stay away from CAPS LOCK!

Don’t shout in the title of your story. The way Fotopedia is laid out means that TITLES ALL IN CAPS, don’t show up well across the app. Instead, write your title like a sentence, using a capital at the beginning and lower-case afterwards. And remember, the title and cover snapshot are the first glimpse people will get of your story, so make them count. Themes and layouts will be helpful here.

Keep your reader in mind

There’s only one real rule of storytelling: Keep the reader wanting more. You may know your subject backwards, but many of your readers will be encountering it for the first time. Try to write the story in a way that communicates the excitement of discovery. You may find it helpful to share early drafts with friends for feedback.

Less is sometimes more

It’s easy to get carried away when you’ve got a good subject, and we’ve all found ourselves finishing incredible stories only to discover that they are 35 slides long. Over time, though, Fotopedia has shown that stories between 10 and 20 photos long are the most popular. Consider slimming your narrative down by a few slides, or split the story in two.

March 11, 2014
by fotonauts
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Exploring stories on the map

Say goodbye to the fear of missing out with Fotopedia’s map function. Filled with stories from all around the world, it’s the perfect resource for adventurous, curious people to discover what’s going on nearby.

Location data can be added to every story on Fotopedia, and the best stories will show up on this map.

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Fotopedia’s map is a great way to explore your own neighborhood, or plan future vacations and trips. Just enable geolocation in your browser and you’re away.

Got a story to tell? Adding location data ensures that people interested in the area will see it. It’s the best way to get the word out.

Pro tip: download Fotopedia for iPhone and iPad to explore nearby stories on the go.

March 7, 2014
by fotonauts
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Transforming your stories with new themes and layouts

Your stories deserve to be unique. In Fotopedia 2.0, we’ve brought in new themes and layouts that let you get even more creative with form and structure.

Presenting the Modern Black and Modern White themes

This update brings two new themes to replace the old white one, with more coming in future updates. Each has its own mood and style, so pick the one you think suits your stories best. If you’d like to migrate an old story to one of the new themes, see our guide here.

Switching between themes is easy: just tap the name at the bottom left of the story editor panel.

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Storytelling with layout

Choosing between black and white is just the beginning. Themes let you select the position of text on every slide in your story, so you can pick the layout that suits your narrative best. Continue Reading →