For subway commuters, it’s a common enough situation: you get on the train, pull out of the station and…ugh, you’re offline. On your phone: yesterday’s tweets, maybe a news app loaded up with old stories, a newsletter with links you can’t open. Although many news apps now enable offline reading, they don’t ensure that the things we have access to offline are relevant to us as individual readers. I can get content offline from a news app on my morning train ride, but when I pull out of the station, I have no guarantee that what it will have served me will be relevant to my interests, in a format I like, or something I can reasonably read in the the time I have left in my commute. At the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab, we think there is space to push past what currently exists for offline reading, particularly Continue reading "How do we build a better recommendation experience for mobile news readers?"
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump met Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York. While the big story in the U.S. that day was the passage of the Republican healthcare bill in the House of Representatives, the meeting was major news in Australia. As a result, BuzzFeed News decided to send an alert to its app users who have chosen to follow Australia news in its news app. The alert read: “There were some delays, but Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump finally met in person. Here’s how it went down. 👴🏻 ❤️ 👴🏻 ” Yes, it included the emoji, which has purposefully become a hallmark of the BuzzFeed News app, Brianne O’Brien, the lead news curation editor at BuzzFeed’s London office said on a panel at the ONA Dublin conference on Friday. After BuzzFeed launched its news app in 2015, two-thirds of the downloads were from
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Who won the first 2016 presidential debate? The answer still depends on who you ask, but The Guardian’s Mobile Innovation Lab sent a handful of sizzling takes from Guardian U.S. Opinion desk columnists Lucia Graves and Richard Wolffe to guide debate watchers through Monday night’s faceoff, all in the form of notifications (Android only at the moment, or through the Chrome browser on desktop). Real-time commentary in the form of notifications is the latest in a string of experiments run by the Guardian lab, which has tested everything from auto-updating interactive push alerts to quizzes embedded within push notifications. (Disclosure: Knight, a funder of the Guardian’s Mobile Lab, is also a supporter of Nieman Lab.) Last night’s alerts were intended to supplement regular breaking news alerts from the Guardian app: “By any rational measure, Clinton won this debate hands down. The only question is whether voters Continue reading "The Guardian’s Mobile Innovation Lab tested live commentary on the presidential debate, in push alerts"
Our friends over at the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab are running another fun experiment stretching the current imagination on what can be delivered via mobile push notifications — this time around the Olympics, which open in Rio today. (Android users, sign up to participate here.) Unlike its previous experiments, which focused on single-day (or night) news events, like the June 7 presidential primary or the EU Referendum, this new notifications series will be a sustained experiment through the duration of the summer games. The team will be sending out four different types of notifications, including the intriguing format of actual quizzes within each Android push alert.
Daily Medal Count Leaderboard
— These notifications will arrive around 11:30 EST after the close of each day’s competition and show the top three countries in the overall medal count with their total number of gold, silver, and bronze medals won
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