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The NRA App

I’ve been bugging folks at NRA that they need to do apps for iOS and Android apps for a while now. Looks like they’ve gotten around to producing one. Essentially it acts as a portal to NRA News, ILA alerts, and a lot of NRA’s social media efforts. As a just out of the gate app, I’d give a B-. Some things I’d change:

  • Make a version that is iPad/Tablet enabled.
  • Allow live viewing of NRA News, though it may do that. I’ll have to see when the show rolls around. But judging from what I see now, it does not have such a feature.
  • Donate/Join/Vote/Contact should happen either in app, or go to highly mobile optimized sites. It looks fine from my iPad, but from my iPhone it’s not something that could be done easily.
  • It should be using iOS push to get critical time sensitive information out to members. Members have to approve this on their devices.
  • The “Near Me” feature is a good thing to have, and probably the best feature of the App, but the information provided is very raw. It needs a bit more refinement. For instance, when I search on clubs and associations, I get a lot of police clubs. Those aren’t relevant to me. Some of the information seems to be incomplete, such as local Friends of the NRA events, and I don’t see a complete list of matches in the area.
  • Rep Finder should also be under “Take Action”

In short, I think this is a good start, but it could be a lot better. In general, I feel the app could be better organized. It makes some assumptions that you understand how NRA is structured. For instance, the uninitiated aren’t going to know what “ILA Alerts” are, and that the NRA Blog is only run by a subset of NRA, and is generally non-political.

I’d think a lot bigger on an app than just to act as a portal for various efforts NRA is already doing. It’s essentially a portal, but I don’t really feel it’s engaging.

6 Responses to “The NRA App”

  1. sam thayer says:

    Great app, but how about an Android version?

  2. ExurbanKevin says:

    Apps for non-profits are a tricky thing. We rattled around the idea of one for the non-profit I used to work for for *years*, and never came up with something. Good to see the NRA take the first steps.

    K

  3. Brick says:

    So the hipsters get the mobile app first? ;)

    • Sebastian says:

      Judging from the number of people that access this blog from iPhone/iPad, unless hipsters are suddenly getting into gun rights, I think it’s more widespread than that :)

  4. dannytheman says:

    I like it!! I can see a great use for me at work! My company frowns on high Internet use! But the videos would let me catch up!
    Thank you for the tip!

  5. aeronathan says:

    Now how about a digital subscription to American Rifleman that I can get on my NookColor? It would be win win. No printing and postage costs for them and I can actually save my magazines without having an unsightly pile somewhere in the house…

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