Well-designed apps that actually meet an unmet need tend to stand out from the crowd. Countable rises above so many apps out there. If you are a citizen of the United States, I highly recommend downloading it. I have become very active as it has a great alert system, and it answered my big question very early in my use.
Initially, I doubted if my simple input of comments on a particular issue was really visible to anyone. I know that Countable is trying to stimulate a community within the app. I suspect that will be more vibrant over time. Users can follow users and so forth. But that wasnt what I was most interested in. My biggest questions was whether my comments were actually sent to my representatives. Once I voted within the app and entered a few comments, I quickly received an automated email reply from my senator thanking me for my input. The app does deliver the mail.
What it is:
Countable is a mobile app that alerts you to which votes are happening now in Congress and how your Senator or Representative votes on the issues. I gives you real-time access to your government and makes it easy for your POV to be heard. It aims to help make governing more transparent and our congress people more accountable.
What it does well:
- Tells you how your congress people are voting on specific bills
- Alerts you to pending votes, debates or current topics and solicits your comments to send to your congress people
- Increases the value (reach + engagement) of your advocacy by requesting you to create a video of your POV and sharing your POV via social channels
- Provides advocacy widgets that can be easily embedded in any Web site
If you are concerned about how your views are represented, the current state of our government, or what can we do to positively affect change and "show up" as citizens, Countable might be a wise download.