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Or, rather, Fuego is en Nextgov’s new iPhone app.

fuego-has-a-posseThe new iPhone app from Atlantic Media’s technology-in-government vertical wouldn’t normally be something we’d write about, but I hope you’ll forgive us for noting that it includes OpenFuego, the open-source version of Fuego, our heat-seeking Twitter bot.

(If you’re unfamiliar, Fuego defines and tracks a community of interest on Twitter — in our case, people interested in talking about the future of news — monitors their tweets, and tracks the links being talked about most. As we like to say, Fuego stays on Twitter all day so you don’t have to.)

Nextgov’s app uses OpenFuego to monitor the conversation going on in the gov/tech space and produce a “Trending” tab — real-time aggregation done by the community.

We’ve heard from a number of people working on cool projects with OpenFuego (and we’d love to hear from more!), but I think this may be the first time it’s been put in a shipping app other than our own. Huzzah! And congrats to OpenFuego coder-in-chief Andrew Phelps. Press release below, emphasis mine.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nextgov, the #1 federal technology site, today launched a free iPhone app that provides original analysis and breaking news to the site’s growing mobile audience. Nextgov, produced by Government Executive Media Group, serves federal technology and program leaders by leading the national discussion about innovation and technology in government.

As part of Government Executive Media Group’s expanding digital portfolio, the Nextgov app integrates executive analysis, social trend data and breaking news push notifications to keep senior technology leaders updated throughout the day. Nieman Lab’s newly launched OpenFuego code powers the Nextgov app, enabling users to read the stories federal technology influencers — and those they follow — are sharing across Twitter.

“Using open source application OpenFuego, the app surfaces content shared among those most influential in federal technology,” said Krystle Kopacz, Digital General Manager for Government Executive Media Group. “The Nextgov app not only extends access to the federal content our readers demand and editorial team produces, but is a must-have application for federal managers to use on a daily basis as they evaluate emerging technologies and make decisions.”

Innovation in mobile technologies has driven traffic growth for all Government Executive Media Group properties as more readers access their content from mobile platforms. The Nextgov app follows the success of the 4.5–star GovExec iPhone and Android apps, which drove 195% growth in mobile over the last 12–months. The Nextgov iPhone app will compliment this trajectory and will launch an app for Android in 2014.

“With the Nextgov audience increasingly accessing the site through their mobile device, it was a perfect time to pursue a differentiated Nextgov mobile strategy,” said Tim Hartman, President of Government Executive Media Group. “Nextgov is the leading federal technology brand because of its emphasis on innovation and providing useful tools for the federal technology decision maker.”

The iPhone app is now available for download on the App Store.

About Nextgov

Nextgov is the #1 federal technology resource, engaging more federal technology decision makers on a daily basis than any other website dedicated to federal IT.1 Nextgov’s mission is to lead the national discussion about how technology and innovation can transform the way government operates and serves citizens. Nextgov seeks to enable senior decision making teams, comprised of technology and program leaders, to learn about and evaluate emerging technologies and transform government. Visit Nextgov.com.

— Joshua Benton
                                   
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