Zeega is revolutionizing interactive storytelling for a future beyond blogs. Zeegas are a new form of interactive media, enabling anyone to easily combine animated GIFs, audio, images, text and video from across the web.
We’re living in a unique moment. More media than ever is recorded and shared. But the web today is dominated by a few platforms - all stories start to feel the same, trapped in rigid boxes and long lists. Zeega is ushering in an era when the web truly becomes an interactive, audiovisual medium made by everyone.
Everyone wants to tell stories that allow viewers to interact, but to remain captivated. A great example is this recent report by NewsHour on the current debates of gun control.
Anyone can use Zeega to create lasting artifacts of their favorite experiences. A scrolling list of photos on Tumblr, a stream of Instagrams or a photo set on Facebook simply doesn’t fill the same need for narrative memories like the old treasured scrapbook.
One our recent favorites is How I Got To Boston, a personal story of the post-college years.
Playing with the Web
Changing Media for Good
We first started working together in 2009, traveling over 15,000 miles while living out of a Subaru station wagon to tell the stories of America’s transformation through a project called Mapping Main Street. In 2011, Zeega won the Knight News Challenge, a global competition for innovative media projects that engage communities in new ways. This grant gave us a chance to prototype the platform. Since then, thousands have used it, from two-time Pultizer-prize winner Paul Salopek as he chronicles a seven-year walk from Africa to South America to love letters in Argentina to odes to PB&J.
Now, we are part of the first cohort of startups in Matter, a new San Francisco-based accelerator for mission-driven companies committed to changing media for good.
Zeega is as easy to use as Tumblr. Create with our web-based editor and publish to mobile, tablet and desktop.
Use Any Media You Want
Upload your own photos and also access media from SoundCloud, Giphy, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube.
Share your Zeega directly into Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr or embed your Zeega on any site.
Freedom of Expression
Layer media. Add text.
Invent Your Own Interface
Turn any part of the screen into a link.
All media is properly cited to its original author and tracked back to its source location.
We are so grateful to all of you who have helped along this journey. We have received the tremendous support of AIR, The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, The Sensory Ethnography Lab, metaLAB, Harvard Library Lab and others. And we’ve continued to experiment with new forms of storytelling in partnership with amazing producers and stations during Localore, telling the stories of fracking in North Dakota, exploring the maker culture of the Bay Area and mapping the overlooked musical geography of Austin. Now it’s time to open the gates and to let everyone start using Zeega to make they want.