Steller is a simple, free mobile application that is wonderful for sharing family stories across social media. The app allows you to construct family stories using a combination of photos, videos, and text, and then allows you to share your story through social media, or to embed the story within websites, as I have done below. The app itself is its OWN social media network; it is free for anyone to join and you can follow other users, view and 'like' their stories, and even comment on them!
*There is no iPad-specific version of the app, but the iPhone version works just fine on iPads.
The '+' symbol in the middle is where you create your own Steller stories. When you click on it, first you must choose a layout for your story. There are 11 themes from which to choose. You can click on any theme and see a preview of what the page templates look like. Keep in mind that the content within these sample stories will be replaced by your own photos, video, and text, so you are really just deciding on the design elements like font and background color. (The story embedded above was created using the 'NICO' theme.) You can change a story's theme at any time - even after you start adding photos and text.
I would really, really like to see more family historians using Steller to get the non-genealogists in their families more interested in family history. Let's face it, presentation and aesthetics matter when telling a story, not just to kids, but to everyone nowadays. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
©2018 Emily Kowalski Schroeder