A report surfaced last week saying that Google is testing an online that would allow users to publish news and events locally. The search giant confirmed this on Monday and called the tool as Bulletin. Google’s online tool would allow people to relay information on any topic of local interest. These topics include street closures, school events, among others.
What is Google’s Bulletin?
In fact, there’s already a live website intended to create a posts. However, the website is still in “early access mode.” Google has rolled out its new service in both Nashville and Oakland, California.
Based on the website, Google described the Bulletin as an online lightweight app that can be used to tell stories. The app can also be used to capture photos and video clips from any smartphone.
Bulletin would be able to publish all these materials to the web with the pre-defined template. This means that people would no longer exert any effort to create a blog just to publish news.
“If you are comfortable taking photos or sending messages, you can create a Bulletin story!,” a text from the website said.
Also, a high-ranking Google official revealed that the company would tap local news organization to find and publish stories that were posted to Bulletin.
Tech analysts, meanwhile, said that Google’s new service would be in the direct collision to other online services that allow people to share news locally. So if Google attempts to share news or events, locally-it is the same with posting to a business page on Facebook.
This would mean that Google’s Bulletin attempts to focus more on “news and information” as it establishes itself in the social web space. The company should have bought micro-blogging site Twitter if Google wants this kind of service.