Two Manchester-based web and design developers are set to get their city talking with the launch of their first ever app. Founder Paul Austin and Director Craig Bailey have chosen the city for the launch of Heard – a new app that allows users to chat to people nearby to find out what’s happening right now, from the gossip on the gigs and parties to the place for a pint and a bite to eat.
“There’s no where better to launch Heard than Manchester – it’s the friendliest most social city in the world, full of proud people who are only too happy to chat about what’s going on and help other people out,” says Paul, a UX designer and developer who’s worked with some of the world’s biggest brands.
“We want Heard to become the go-to app for people who want to discover new things and experiences around them.
“There’s a natural gap in the market. At the moment you’re limited to the advice of your own social media circle – but what better way to find the local hidden gems and see what’s happening than to ask the people around you?”
Heard, which is open and available to everyone, allows users to start up their own conversations and tap into the knowledge of the people around them.
Messages are organised into subjects and they don’t last forever, meaning users only see what’s useful to them right now.
The identity of Heard users and exact location is never shared or stored for user safety.
“Because Heard works in Manchester, it will work in any city. Heard can be used on a Thursday night for drinks in the Northern Quarter, and then in Spain the next day when you start your holiday.”
“It’s also a great tool for businesses who want to communicate with their audiences without spending thousands on their own custom app that’s only useful a handful of times.”
Heard is available through the App Store and Google Play. See how it works at http://heardnetwork.com/