Building a database of shared experiences, the Cowbird Forum is a form of digital storytelling that encourages worldly interaction among its users. Branching away from the "less is more" mentality of Twitter and Facebook, Cowbird creator Jonathan Harris encourages long-form anecdotes about life that are expressed using “photos, sound maps, timelines, videos, and casts of characters,” as Harris states.
After the stories are documented, specific unique elements of each story are then tagged and sorted into a larger pool of collective anecdotes. The sorting process enables the site to find common matches for each experience, categorizing human life into wonderfully convenient groupings. Free from restrictions and maximum word counts, the Cowbird forum does not limit human existence and will allow as much room as needed to properly document each spirited chronicle.
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