The mobile web/app I’m developing for Johnstone got some nice coverage in the Evening Times last week. Here’s a grab from the PDF of the paper…
And here’s the original copy…
A SCHEME to bring communities together also aims to boost business, it was revealed today.
The Herald & Times Group, the company behind the Evening Times, The Herald and Sunday Herald, is developing an innovative new local online service for mobile phones.
Johnstone, in Renfrewshire, will be the first town to be able to take advantage of the project.
Our Town will provide free, instant and direct communication between businesses, local services, community groups and their customers.
The service, to be launched early next year, will first be piloted exclusively in Johnstone.
Herald and Times digital innovations manager Grant Gibson said: “The project is backed by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, which is helping to fund development and the launch of our pilot service.
“We’d like to tell Evening Times readers more about our plans, to explain how they can get involved and how it will benefit their organisation.
“We’ve chosen Johnstone because our team has firsthand experience of the area — we’re building our service with the town in mind.
“If it’s successful, we’ll roll the service out to other towns across Scotland.”
Group managing editor Tom Thomson added: “This is an exciting partnership between the Herald and Times and Nesta.
“It’s going to look at how very local mobile technology can boost a community and boost local businesses. That, in a nutshell, is what we’re trying to do.
“It will use push notification technology through smart phones to update people on what’s important to them.”
A briefing session will take place in Johnstone Town Hall at 7pm tonight.
Mr Thomson added: “The event is a chance to talk to the community about how we can help people use this technology.”