Announcing the n0tice iPhone appPosted: May 29, 2012
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the n0tice iPhone app – the see it, snap it, share it tool for geo-tagged breaking news.
You can download it now via iTunes here:
The app is free of charge, the latest development of the n0tice citizen journalism platform.
For those who are new to n0tice, the n0tice.com website came out of beta in March, a n0tice Facebook app was launched in April, and n0tice.org – the open journalism toolkit – was launched in May to serve B2B partners including publishers, brands, communities and developers.
Today’s addition to the suite of services from n0tice means users can now see and post geo-tagged reports and pictures on the move from their iPhones.
Matt has posted some of the thinking behind this project and the iPhone app on his blog:
“This idea is not new. It’s pretty old, actually. It is basically just an evolution of the public noticeboard or shared bulletin board. Email tackled this idea with mailing lists back in the ’80′s. The web made it possible for open directories to do the same. And now that the social, local and mobile worlds have collided it is happening once again.
But rather than try to centralize the entire networked universe on a single platform to rule them all, we’ve worked very hard to put the power of this idea into people’s hands in ways that helps them in what they already do out there today using tools that they already know.”
The app has been created by Mentally Friendly’s Shoreditch-based interface & device specialist team. The team that worked on n0tice includes Michael May, who was previously involved in the creation of the Shazam and Guardian Eyewitness apps, and Rob Boyett who has worked on mobile products with Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Intel and some of the top retail brands.
The technology used to build the n0tice iPhone app includes the n0tice API, which is open and available to the wider developer community via n0tice.org. The tools on n0tice.org are already enabling partners to build apps with n0tice such as the crowdmapping projects recently deployed on guardian.co.uk and a new WordPress plugin.
Today’s release is v1, but rest assured that we will keep evolving it. We will add more sharing capabilities so it really feels as open as the rest of the platform, better discovery mechanisms and additional content, such as events. Android is not in the immediate short term plans, but we’ll get there, as well.
As with everything we’ve done to date, we will listen carefully to your feedback. Please contribute your thoughts in the n0tice Google Group.
We hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoy making it.