Follow Elected Officials with politicoTracker

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politicotracker-iPhone-appPolitical news junkies will enjoy politicoTracker for its ability to quickly aggregate news on their favorite (or least favorite) elected officials. PoliticoTracker includes an impressive list of every elected state and federal representative. However, beyond this its features are somewhat limited and not as fully developed to take advantage of various social networking tools.

The best thing about politicoTracker is the extensiveness of the elected officials' list. Search for your local member of Congress and then find out how they are proposing to spend your money. Or check out what your local state representative has been up to. The news is broken down by tags, so by tapping on "economy" you would see  the articles that are aligned to that topic.

The search is quite good and produced an interesting variety of information. Though what was frustrating was that after viewing the article summary the link to the full piece would not always work — no matter how many times I tapped the link.

Another good feature is politicoTracker's ability to save particular public officials to reference again. So if you wanted to scan a couple of times per day what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Republican Whip Eric Cantor are up to, all you would need to do is tap on the icon of the goofy politician and access your favorites. This section is also where you would have listed any articles that you have saved. If for some reason you get lost navigating politicoTracker there is a fairly decent user guide that can be accessed from the main page.

At a cost of $9.95, which is essentially BMW-type pricing for the App Store, politicoTracker will probably only appeal to the true political news addicts that want to not miss any news about some of the key figures in politics. There is a $.95 edition of politicoTracker that streamlines politicians' tweets. Considering the cost difference between the two apps it seems odd that the more expensive app would be missing a feature present in the cheaper version. If some of these issues get worked out, politicoTracker has potential to be a good app for staying on top of political news.

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  • pTracker

    Derek, thank you for reviewing our apps. You are right about the current lack of social networking tools. We are working on a version of the app that will incorporate social networking, as well as push notifications and other features. There are more features planned for this version as well. As for some of the links not working, we agree that it is annoying that some web sites will not load properly, which is why we included an "Open in Safari" option.

    We're very pleased you found the search to be quite good - this is the real power of the app, along with the ability to cross-search (or group) the results into topics. These features are real time-savers for those who relish this type of news.

    Just to clarify: the $.99 version of the app, called "politicoTracker Twitter Edition" shows tweets only, not news results. Tweets are freely available, which helps explain the price disparity, although compiling a complete list of twittering politicians is a bit of a challenge.

    Thanks again for your excellent review. We enjoy making these apps, and we're looking at more topics we can apply the base search technology to, for future apps. Feedback and suggestions are welcome!!

  • Ingrid

    RT @appcraver: Follow Elected Officials with politicoTracker #iphone

  • pTracker

    Whoop! AppCraver calls our app "Worthwhile" ! Says "news junkies will enjoy.." "search is quite good.." and more --

  • KeepOnDancing

    Funny how you say this app would/could only appeal to " the true political news addicts" ... because I love this app and I am everything BUT a political news freak :-)

    In fact, I don't have much time to dedicate to reading in general (busy exec, traveling a lot) and it was hard for me to keep posted on even the most fundamental issues out there... so I didn't, most of the time!

    The main reason I love this app is precisely that I can get right to the heart of what I am looking for and interested in a snap. I don't have to peruse through zillions of articles (or search results, for that matter!) to know where H. Clinton is in the race to Sec. of State or what point we're at in the Health care reforms ... Also, I love that I can save the guys/gals I'm interested in and check the titles quickly BUT save the article for reading later, when I have time.

    This app is a real help for me and makes me feel good about "keeping posted" about what's going on. It's almost like I have an assistant who "digests" the news for me and give me only the essential! :-)

    For the record, I haven't had the "broken link" problem you are talking about, but I guess it would depend on the site it goes to.

  • Derek Walter

    Thanks for sharing your experience. You are right - as I said in the review the search function is excellent. I think this is an app to keep an eye on and see how the developer continues to improve it.

  • Nate Sharp

    This is a fantastic app... Most of the customers I work with are in either state or local government and this helps me to stay in the loop in terms of issues which are important to the elected officials who are responsible for funding the agencies I work with. I would love it if I could export an item here or there for use in say, an email or document, but I would give this app a 10 out of 10. Great job!

  • Nate Sharp

    Correction to my note aove; This app has the ability to export and it's easy to use. Thanks!

  • pTracker

    Awesome comment on politicoTracker @appCraver "This is a fantastic app...I would give this...10 out of 10. Great job!"