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Online Newspaper Austin Post Announces Real Time Reporting(November 24, 2009)
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/24/09 -- Austin Post (www.austinpost.org) revealed its second iPhone app and its latest feature: Real Time Reporting. Anyone with the app can send short 105-character updates to the website that will be posted live. The app and widget on the site have a huge potential: to break local news, to alert users of potential issues, and to be an up-to-the-second resource for all things going on in Austin.
Editor in Chief Lyssa Myska Allen says, "We think this a potentially huge way to take what has become a news outlet -- Twitter -- and streamline it. Anyone who submits a Real Time Report has the intention of sharing news, which makes our widget really valuable for someone looking for quick-hit news updates. You can see immediate traffic updates, sports scores, crime reports, events, and more."
The iPhone app, Austin Post 2.0, is available in the iTunes app store. The on-site real-time widget, Austin in Real Time, is available to anyone with internet access, from a desktop computer to any mobile device.
To promote the launch of Real Time Reporting, Austin Post is running a reporting contest. From November 17 through December 2, there will be a category of report specified. Users who submit a report in that category are automatically entered to win a corresponding gift certificate. The details and dates are below:
-- November 24-27: use #food to show off your Thanksgiving spread or a restaurant dish -- win $50 gift card to the restaurant of your choice -- November 28-Dec 2: use #fitness to talk about your workout or post a picture of you working out -- $50 lululemon gift card
Austin Post aims to be a newspaper "of the people, by the people, for the people," fostering a living conversation about issues of particular relevance to the people of Austin.
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