Google Bulletin – Hyperlocal Community News App in Testing | AIB
Google is testing a new app called Bulletin, an application designed to offer and share local news edited by the users themselves, without the need to publish them through a website.
The next time something important happens in your area where you live, you will be the one to inform the rest of the neighbors. The Bulletin app will allow you to create a story about an event using text, videos, and direct message.
Google has not shared too many details about the app but remarked 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 seems to be available for both Android and iOS.
According to Google, Bulletin makes it much easier to count those news stories and relevant stories, which were previously ignored. Although, the possibility of any user sharing news in Bulletin is dangerous. Since in an age like the current one where the false news and the hoaxes roam at ease, it can be chaotic. So it may be that some verification system is integrated. At least they should, to prevent it from becoming a medium in which hoaxes expand.
The app is already in the final stage, as tests are currently being done with it in Nashville and Oakland, US. Although, it is unknown if this service will later be expanded globally to other cities, or if it will only be limited to the United States, as has happened before with other products of the company. But, it seems that Google wants to bet on this application.