What makes this app special is the ability for citizens to see across all the data points and identify the associations between issues, bills, votes, contributions and legislators.
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) November 07, 2013
iCitizen and Mercury Intermedia released the iCitizen mobile app last week to glowing reviews, receiving exclusively 5 star ratings in over 25 reviews. iCitizen is the first app to combine data from a myriad of sources to make issues, legislation and representatives available at voters’ fingertips. In addition to the content, users can use polls, emails, and other media to communicate with their elected officials, using technology to amplify their voices in the complex legislative ecosystem.
The app begins with presenting content from over 8900 separate data feeds. For example, all legislators’ bios, committees, sponsored bills, campaign contributions, voting record and contact info are available across State and Federal governments. In addition, bills, laws, and other legislation have overviews, full text versions, and current legislative status. To handle this amount of diverse content, iCitizen is using Mercury’s M3 platform hosted in Azure. The M3 platform is designed to ingest content and optimize it for mobile consumption, helping to make the app a responsive, snappy experience for users.
To make this information more relevant and engaging, the iCitizen app provides users with an issues oriented experience, with topics including Energy, Budget, Foreign Affairs and Religion presented with applicable legislation, timeline, news and polls.
The app has been carefully crafted to provide a delightful experience in navigating all this rich content. Using experience gained from building many of the top media apps such as Fox News and CNN, Mercury designed over 100 unique screens to ensure ease of consumption and comprehension. Visually designed at an early stage for iOS7, it adheres to the minimalist spirit of the iOS to make the content the star.
The iCitizen app is not just about the users, however. It was built from the ground up to be a two-way communication medium between our elected government and their constituents. In addition to receiving ad-hoc feedback from users, legislators can also use polls and other features to reach out on specific issues they desire input on. With push notifications, polls and surveys can be completed faster and in higher volume than web-only alternatives.
In the end, what makes this app special is the ability for citizens to see across all the data points and identify the associations between issues, bills, votes, contributions and legislators. To do it in the palm of your hand with your mobile device makes it a powerful new way to engage all audiences in the process of government in the U.S.
About Mercury Intermedia
Mercury Intermedia builds strategic, mission-critical mobile applications and platforms for major commercial media, enterprise and higher education institutions. Clients such as The New York Times, SAP, CNN, Fox News, Comcast, University of Mississippi, and Showtime have relied on Mercury to create top-rated mobile user experiences for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Experts in both the art and science of mobile, Mercury’s engaging apps have been downloaded over 75 million times, consistently rank #1 and achieve 4+ star reviews in app stores. Powering these apps is Mercury’s content engine serving billions of content clips and notifications. Founded in 2005, Mercury is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For more information, visit http://mercury.io.
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