May 5, 2009
Overwhelming Press on Swine Flu App News
Last week, I gave you all a preview of our Swine Flu app and didn't expect much from it.
We built it, because there were tons of desktop and browser based mashups to get information on the Swine Flu. So we thought it would be both useful and cool to create a location-aware version for the iPhone. So we did.
I then blogged about it and decided to tip off TechCrunch about it. TechCrunch was kind enough to write about it minutes after I tipped them off. The title TC used was awesome: Want To Avoid Swine Flu? There's An App For That Too.
After that, the news took on like wild fire - kinda like an epidemic (pun is intended). CNN covered it, Fox News, TG Daily, and so many more magazines and publications. The BBC actually did a phone interview with me, I assume to broadcast on BBC Radio or TV (we did it over Skype). Plus, I have almost 200 comments on the original blog post.
This was not through Digg or Reddit or Twitter, this was through mainstream media.
Honestly, I did not think it would cause so much discussion or press. I am a bit in awe and shock.
I really wanted more press for our iPhone apps and I guess we got it. But seriously, did not think it would come from this.
Update: Here is some (not even close to all) the press about the app:
- An iphone application to track Swine Flu across the country, Tech Innovations
- Swine Flu fever hits iPhone, TG Daily
- Swine flu mania in the App Store: iPhone application coming soon, iPhone Footprint
- Want to avoid Swine Flu? There’s an app for that, too, STLtoday
- Want to avoid Swine Flu? There’s an iPhone app for that, too, MacDailyNews
- Developer hopes to bring home the bacon with swine flu app, Pocket Picks
- Emergency Mapping, dailywireless.org
- geek speak - Swine Flu Apps For iPhone/iPod, collapsemag.com
- iPhone App Tracks Spread of Swine Flu Virus, Fox News
- Swine flu iPhone app awaiting approval, CNN.com
- Swine Flu tracking app for iPhone, TechShout
- Influenza dell'indirizzo IP nella SEO, Seo Point
- Swine Flu Tracker, CouleurGeek
- Suivre la Grippe A sur iPhone, TechnoBlog
- How the Swine Flu is Affecting Search, Maine SEO Blog
- Life in the Digital Age (FYS 100 J), WFU
- SearchCap: The Day In Search, April 30, 2009, Search Engine Land
- Sigue a la gripe porcina desde tu iPhone o iPod, iPodTotal
- Swine Flu Tracker App For iPhone Awaits Approval, iPhone Savior
- Want To Avoid Swine Flu? There's An App For That Too., Washington Post
- Want To Avoid Swine Flu? There’s An App For That Too., TechCrunch
- iPhone app tells you how, where to avoid swine flu, TechRadar UK
- iPhone Swine Flu Map App, Time To Get Panicky, SoftSailor
- SWINE FLUTHERE'S AN APP FOR THAT TOO!, OutNext
- Techmeme: Want To Avoid Swine Flu? There's An App For That Too. (MG Siegler/TechCrunch), Techmeme