In Story Maps

Every article on your site now features a small map icon labeled “Where’s the Story”.  The icon can be clicked to expand into an interactive map, which displays the locations mentioned in the article with blue pins.  These locations are also highlighted in green within the text of the article; when clicked, these links direct the reader to the interactive map.

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the News Bayou user experience, we recently launched a "user testing" program. In these tests, an anonymous user films themselves using News Bayou as they attempt to navigate the app and complete a series of tasks. The results have been incredibly enlightening; we are able to see first hand how people interact with the app and react to the content we provide.  See here for a video of a user in San Francisco exploring News Bayou for the first time.

Last month we attended the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference where we had the chance to talk with hundreds of people about NewsBayou, our mobile app for local news discovery.  Everyone we spoke to could relate to the problem we are trying to solve with news today; namely, there's too much of it and it's mostly irrelevant to you!  We’re trying to turn the model on its head and separate out the news in your immediate area, down to the street level. The feedback was very encouraging.

Editor and Publisher has released a feature article on News Bayou, our mobile app for finding local news on the street level. 

Check out the article to learn more about how we create value for publishers with our geocoding technology.

 

NEW YORK, N.Y.; January 14, 2014:  Points Mentioned, the service that automatically maps community news articles, today released its mobile app for hyperlocal news discovery, News Bayou.  Now available for download on iOS and Android, the app makes it easy for mobile readers to find community news about any location.

Knowledge has increased exponentially over the last few years.  In 2012, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data were created and, with 90% of the planets data being created in the last 2-3 years, society is constantly inundated with information.  The problem is how to obtain pertinent information that is needed.

 

Today we launched Points Mentioned maps on the San Francisco Examiner!!
We are proud to partner with such an iconic news organization as the Examiner and look forward to contributing what we can to their powerful news platform.
Check out our maps, now live on all of their stories!

 

We were listed in a Street Fight article on "7 mapping tools for hyperlocal publishers".

The article describes our approach of using "natural language processing" to automate the whole process, while still enabling reporters to manually edit individual maps. 

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