If you've ever worked for a media company with lots of properties you know the pains involved with being part of a chain of newspapers or part of a portfolio of magazines.
Some media corporations, I suppose, treat their properties with a bit more respect than others. Then there are those that like to remind their properties who is in charge.
Today Hearst Newspapers updated the iPad app for their property in San Francisco. The update for San Francisco Chronicle for iPad is apparently minor, with only "bug fixes and improvements" listed in the app description. What wasn't updated, though, is the problem.
The main problem with being part of a big media corporation, at least from the perspective of app development, is the forced sameness. In the case of Hearst Newspapers, the apps for the Albany Times Union, San Antonion Express-News, Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle all have the exactly look. The good news is that the apps themselves are pretty good and the reviews inside the App Store are overwhelmingly positive. Each of the apps have been updated this month, with the San Francisco property being the latest.
Whether the individual properties have any input or whether they get to write and update the app descriptions is unlikely. It looks like someone from the west coast will have to call NY to complain about the app description of the SF Chron's iPad app. They better hope the people responsible back east haven't left the office yet and hopped on the train home to Connecticut.