Agenda-free catch-up news platform Hash unveiled fresh functionality as well as a stunningly simple new look and feel today, using a portion of the $1 million in seed funding they received from private Australian investors earlier this year.
Available on iOS, Android and web, Hash aggregates tweets about the day’s most topical headlines in a simple, visual way. Founded and created by Australian digital ventures studio Josephmark, Hash 2.0’s standout feature is a personalised daily news video.
Stitching together a number of short audio and visual clips from news publishers around the world, Hash’s daily round-up video gives users a quick and easy way to see what stories people are talking about in under a minute.
New Hash 2.0 features include:
- Story developments: Users can follow stories to be notified when there’s a new development on an event they care about.
- Weekend chat text message: Hash sends users an sms every Friday afternoon, which lists a handful of timely talking points – giving users interesting things to discuss at that Saturday night dinner party.
“Our goal with Hash is to allow our users to consume the most important stories, from all angles, in as little time as possible.The simple, yet highly visual design we’ve incorporated is beautifully distilled, allowing the user to quickly decide what to explore further and what to skim past,” said Jessica Huddart, Josephmark CEO. “We hope Hash 2.0 will build on the success of Hash’s initial launch and we intend to use the funding to refine the product, test and add functionality, grow the team and scale the business.”
Hash was conceptualized, built and funded in Australia.
With Facebook’s latest algorithm update to the news feed there will be an increase in the visibility of posts from “friends” and “family”, and a reduction in content from news outlets. Aggregating Twitter, Google News, Wikipedia and YouTube, Hash offers users a simple, agenda-free feed that surfaces running commentary as well as multiple, global perspectives. Unlike Facebook Hash doesn’t favour viewpoints.
Using a unique algorithm that pulls in trending stories people are currently talking about as well as human curation to maintain a high level of quality, Hash is the most visually compelling, agenda-free way to consume the world’s top storie