Google is testing a new app called Bulletin that displays hyperlocal news. The app helps in creating and instantly publishing information about your neighbourhood. The Google Bulletin app will enable journalists and even regular citizens to build a story around an event using text, videos, snapshots, and more. Currently, the app is only available in Nashville and Oakland.
In the Bulletin app, people can post images, texts, videos, directly from their phones. There is be no need for a setup, like a blog or a website, to post stories. Google has not revealed too many details about the app but noted that Bulletin stories are public and can be accessed through Google Search, shared on social networks, or sent as links in emails and messaging apps. The app appears to be available for both Android and iOS.
Google says, "Bulletin makes it effortless to put a spotlight on inspiring stories that aren't being told." Interestingly, in 2008, the search giant had announced a 'local' news feature where it said that the new feature will help "find your local news by simply typing in a city name or zip code. While we're not the first news site to aggregate local news, we're doing it a bit differently."
A feature like Bulletin is a great initiative to help local reporters and news outlets look for stories closer to home. It also makes a lot of sense for regional communities to put a spotlight on local stories. Meanwhile, Google has to compete with Twitter, which is already a go-to place for quick and breaking news. However, the Bulletin stories finding a place in Google search cannot be underestimated.
The Google Bulletin app currently has limited access in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oakland, California. People who are interested in trying out the app can sign up as an early access user.