Google is regularly trying out news apps and services, and today another new offering has emerged.
Google Bulletin is now official. The focus of Bulletin is sharing hyperlocal stories about your community from your smartphone.
The lightweight Bulletin app lets you share photos, videos, and text to the web without making you create a blog or website. Stories shared on Bulletin are public and can be easily found using direct links, social media, and Google Searches.
With Bulletin, Google believes it'll be easy for people in a community to share news stories that are important to them, especially ones that aren't told by larger sources like newspapers and websites.
Google Bulletin is now available in a limited trial in Nashville, Tenn., and Oakland, Calif. If you live in those areas, you can request early access to Google Bulletin.
There's no shortage of apps and services that aim to make it easy for neighbors in a community to share news and events with one another. Google might still have luck with Bulletin, though, because it's an established company that everyone knows and it's got a lightweight app for your phone. We'll just have to wait and see if Bulletin does well enough for Google to expand it to more cities.