Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The New York Times mobile app, NYT's Election 2012, passes its first big test in the Iowa Caucuses

Released a month ago, the New York Times's mobile election app got its first real workout last night with the Iowa Caucuses. The app, called NYTimes Election 2012, has been perfectly workable for the past month, but with the first election results to report last night, the app proved a very useful news app for anyone wanted to keep track of the vote totals.
Sure, one could have booted up the ol' laptop to keep track of the vote totals as they came in, but the NYT mobile app proved that a separate app has its place.

The app, free to download in Apple's App Store (there is still no Android version), featured all the latest news from the campaign, as well as the political blogs. But the self-updating vote counter is probably the best way to keep track of the results as they came in. The counter updates every two minutes, which was about the perfect rate of updating for something like the Iowas Caucuses.

While it is true that all the editorial content could be found on the NYT website, it is nice to have everything in one place inside this app – especially the live blogs such as Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.

1 Comment:

Scott Levy said...

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