Boston College unveils iPhone app
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (6-2-10)—In its latest embrace of social media, Boston College has released an iPhone application that is available through iTunes.
The Boston College iPhone app, a compatible application for the popular iPhone, iTouch or iPad devices, provides news and information about the University through 16 modules containing items ranging from a campus map to the BC fight song. It can be downloaded free of charge here.
The BC iPhone app was a team effort that originated during spring semester when BC Director of News & Public Affairs Jack Dunn gathered representatives from Information Technology Systems, University Advancement, Alumni, Athletics, Admission, News & Public Affairs and Marketing Communications to create an app for the BC community. The group partnered with Straxis Communications, which had built similar apps for a range of colleges and universities throughout the country, and officially released the app on June 1.
“In light of the success the Office of News & Public Affairs has had with BC Twitter and BC Facebook, it seemed that the iPhone app was the appropriate next step in our widening social media offerings,” said Dunn. “Each of the offices represented worked hard on this project, and through the professional guidance of Scott Olivieri of ITS we feel that we have put together a product that will benefit members of the BC community, past, present and future.”
Olivieri, who has worked in ITS since 2004, said he was delighted to work on the project and pleased with the end result that, he says, is the first step toward creating a mobile environment for the BC community. “Moving forward, we will gather input from the BC community, allowing us to focus our resources and provide access to BC resources and services via a variety of devices and mobile browsers,” he said.
To install the BC iPhone app from the link, Olivieri recommends that iPhone, iPad or iTouch users tap the “App Store” button on their device. From the search tab at the bottom, search for “Boston College.” Tap the first item in the list, then tap the green “Install” button.
For individuals who wish to see a description of the app with screen grabs, they should Google “Boston College iPhone app,” and click on the first entry in the list.