Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

Florida startupRelevntis experimenting with a new approach to online publishing.

Founder and CEO Winder Hughes said that its becomeunrealistic to expect readers to download an app for every publication that they follow, or even to type a bunch of URLs into their mobile browser. At the same hour, whenpublishers rely on big platforms like Facebook and Google for distribution, they risk losing that direct connection to readers.

We ensure the legacy website and web browser as an antiquated bottleneck for the way content is both distributed and consumed on mobile, Hughes said in fact, he argued that this is why the duopoly of Facebook and Google has come todominate online ad revenue. In his view, Relevnt is restoring this concept of ownership, control and monetization.

So publishers can claim their mobile domain within the Relevnt app, where all the content from their website can automatically be published. The publisher controls the branding on the domain and gets all the ad revenue.

Being good for publishers is not, on its own, going to attract a big audience. And while a newsfeed combining stories on the topics and publishers that you follow is nice, it might also sound pretty similar to the experience you can get on Facebook or a news app like Flipboard.

Hughes argued that the real selling point for consumers will be Relevnts emphasis on real-time content. Most vying platforms no longer have a temporal connect, he told, with algorithmic feeds and pages that may prioritize content from an hour or a day earlier.

Relevnt, on the other hand, prioritizes Relevnt NOW headlines, so you should always see the most recent violating news at the top of your feed. And the committee is also emphasizes the real-time aspect by providing livestreaming tools to publishers.

Relevnt domains and articles dont merely exist in the Relevnt app. Theres also a mobile web version that publishers can link to from social media, and that could show up in Google search results. Hughes said his aim is to turn Relevnt into this new, thin layer thats sitting out on the web.

And ultimately, Hughes doesnt want users to just think of Relevnt as another app. Instead, he considers it a mobile media browser.

Its this utility that runs not against, but serves a greater purpose than your standard web browser, he said.

Relevnts free app is currently iOS only. The company charges publishers $4.99 to register their domain, with plans for additional subscription tiers in the future.

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