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Published On: Fri, Jan 9th, 2015

VOTO mobile apps set for launch Feb 2

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By Chris Alu with agency report

Media Range Ltd has announced a February 2, 2015 date for the release of mobile apps for Voto, its on-line multimedia sharing platform, which was formally launched on December 28, 2014.

The release of the apps for Android, IOS and BlackBerry OS fast on the heels of the launch of the service is designed to enhance user experience and deepen its ability to achieve the core objective – helping Nigerians tell their stories visually. Like most indispensible apps, Voto’s will ensure users receive instant notifications of activities on the portal such as new uploads, comments, share, etc.

This will be integrated into the site’s user profile creation and management system which will allow users create extensive social profiles that will allow them maximize the control they have over their uploaded materials.

Media Range Limited, a home grown communications company had early in January announced the launch of a new indigenous media sharing site simply named Voto – a free online multimedia portal designed to aid Nigerians tell their stories visually.

“We like to think of Voto as YouTube and Flickr rolled into one. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Video possesses this capacity in an even higher degree. Voto allows Nigerians to share both videos and photos – direct from the mobile devices or desktop computers – maximizing the use of web technology for communication as both a social and a journalistic activity,” a statement from Media Range said.

Beside basic uploading and sharing to friends and associates via other integrated social media networks, the site allows users to create or join specific thematic tags around personal events or events that affect the wider society to facilitate ease in grouping, storage, searching and retrieval.

“One of the immediate uses that Voto is being targeted for is the upcoming 2015 General Elections. It will easily lend itself to being used as a crowd sourcing platform for widespread coverage of the election across all states of the federation by citizen journalists. Through this, all Nigerians with mobile phones can help monitor the conduct of the election and this may have an impact on levels of irregularities.

A special theme tag – 2015Elections – has already being created and will be in use during the period, to help Nigerians store images of relevance and to help the global community access such,” the statement added.

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