Note: Today we are celebrating a year of Innovation Agents–from French chefs to Hunger Games directors, and war-ravaged generals to a girl who codes. We’re re-posting all our great 2013 stories about the men and women (and, occasionally, youngsters) driving real change through creativity. Check back to check them all out. Meantime, here’s an excellent primer on the series–enjoy the stories and happy innovating!
The web spawned multitudes of new types of media outlets, but Circa is one of the first and most popular for mobile. Circa’s app is a stripped-down, on-the-go experience for mobile users that throws out the usual news-consumption models. Stories, which are put together by real editors and not automated like similar services, can be as short as four or five points that can include quotes, maps, and photos.
Circa comes with all of the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from news apps, like alerts and sharing, but with functions that take advantage of being able to tailor the experience for each mobile user, such as the ability to follow a story and get updates. These updates cut out the repetition that happens in typical articles, which treats readers like they are new to the story every day. Circa knows you’re familiar with the story and just want the new facts.
In October, Circa relaunched their app with a new emphasis on breaking news. CEO and cofounder Matt Galligan said the new version has been well received, with Apple promoting it as the best new app of the week and Google choosing Circa as a Play Pick.
Readers seemed to be pleased too with the app and the content, if Circa’s favorited tweets are any indication. This one, from @_ztj–“It is my opinion that @circa is currently the best source of news regardless of medium”–like Circa itself, is short and sweet.