Tamworth now has it’s very own mobile phone news app following the Tamworth Informed app being released to the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
What started out as a bit of a hobby for a Tamworth man has rapidly grown in the last seven months, resulting in a website launch at the beginning of the year and now a dedicated news app being released to the Apple App Store earlier in the week, and now the Google Play Store.
Tamworth Informed begun as a Facebook page in May 2013, and was only ever meant to be a hobby for the now 31-year-old Jarrett Kinson from Tamworth.
Speaking about the venture Jarrett said;
“I really can’t believe that I now have a website and an app, I never expected anything like this!”
“I am actively involved in charity work with Tamworth Round Table. Last year, whilst having a drink with a friend and fellow member, we were discussing how good it would be to create a Facebook page to advertise our events.
“We thought that if we could put the odd news story out, we could perhaps get 500 likes and then this would be a ready made audience to promote our events to.
“I did not for one minute think that just over a year on the page would have over 6600 ‘likes’ on Facebook, a website and now an app!”
The website and app have been built, coded and is now sponsored by local company Tier One Design after the owner of the Tamworth based company contacted the creator of Tamworth Informed via their Facebook page and offered to create a web page for them.
Talking about the choice to release the iPhone application first, John Bryan, the owner of Tier One Design said: “Although people will probably not realise, there is some pretty cutting edge code in the mobile app, related to a couple of api’s (software bridges) that we have built.
“The android app is easier to do as it’s more of an open platform so we wanted to release the one that was more likely to cause issues first (apple) so we could react and fix instantly”
Regarding Tamworth Informed John said: I was really impressed with what Tamworth Informed was doing on Facebook and I read the stories on there all the time.”
“I really wanted to be part of it, I thought it was a fantastic thing for the people of Tamworth and I wanted to help it expand.”
Today, Tamworth Informed remains a website run by a Tammie, for Tammies. Local events can be promoted through the page for free, as well as a free classified section to sell your items and advertise your services. There is also a jobs page, listing dozens of jobs from around the area.
Jarrett said “I love running the site, it takes up so much of my time but I get a real buzz from the feedback I receive.
“Tamworth is an amazing Town, I love living here and its fantastic sharing the local news and helping people with their requests for help.
“I really love the stories where I help reunite a pet or a lost toy, we have had some great success”.