The app is designed to help community members keep their neighbors informed about things ‘that aren’t being told’ by local media.
Google wants to help foster neighborly love with a new app called Bulletin that lets users share important community goings-on.
The crowdsourced “hyperlocal” news app is designed to help community members keep their neighbors informed about things “that aren’t being told” by local media. Like, say, if you encounter a road that’s been completely wiped out due to a storm. The app can help you quickly get the word out so others can take an alternate route and won’t get stuck in a dangerous situation.
“Bulletin is a free, lightweight app for telling a story by capturing photos, videoclips and text right from your phone, published straight to the web (without having to create a blog or build a website),” Google wrote. “If you are comfortable taking photos or sending messages, you can create a Bulletin story!”
Bulletin stories are public and discoverable via Google search, social networks, or links sent via email and messaging apps. Google said that users can easily contribute stories to the app right from their smartphone, without any special setup.
The Web giant is currently testing Bulletin as part of a limited pilot in Nashville, Tenn. and Oakland, Calif. If you live in one of those cities, and want to try it out, head here to request early access.
Meanwhile, Bulletin isn’t the only community-focused service out there. Nextdoor, for instance, is a free service described as “Facebook for neighborhoods,” which lets users get to know other locals and share information about nearby safety issues, events, lost pets, and more through its website and mobile apps. Plus, Facebook has an app called Local that aims to help people find things to do in their area.