Release: NowPublic.com Announces Partnership with ShoZu, Making On-the-Go Journalism Easier and More Accessible to All

21 May

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 21 /PRNewswire/ — NowPublic.com (http://www.nowpublic.com/), the world’s largest participatory news network, today announced a key partnership enabling consumers to quickly and easily send photos and videos to NowPublic from their mobile phones using ShoZu, the market’s leading provider of mobile social media services. Effective immediately, ShoZu will include NowPublic as a destination option on its phone application and in its website catalog of destination sites.

The ShoZu service ships pre-installed on select Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson handsets and is available as a free download to more than 340 additional models.

“With today’s mobile devices, everyone has the power of the press,” said Leonard Brody, CEO of NowPublic. “NowPublic’s integration with ShoZu makes it that much easier for our community members to share their photos and videos as news happens. It also gives users the ability to submit content to all of their social communities and email addresses from a single screen on the handset, providing added value for NowPublic contributors.”

“NowPublic is a textbook example of the need to transfer images from your camera phone without waiting to get to a computer. You capture news on the spot, and you need to post it immediately,” said Mark Bole, ShoZu’s CEO. “This partnership equips NowPublic community members with a fast, user-friendly and reliable solution for mobile-to-Web connectivity.”

The ShoZu service allows users to upload photos, videos and text such as status updates, comments and tweets directly from their mobile devices to more than three dozen social media sites ranging from Facebook to YouTube, Flickr, Google Blogger, Twitter and beyond with a click. Users can mass-publish any photo or video to multiple communities and/or email addresses simultaneously, without the time and expense of creating and paying for multiple messages.

ShoZu also uniquely enables users to send video clips of up to 10 minutes in length; add tags, titles and descriptions from their mobile devices; and upload the photos of their choice at either full or blog-quality resolution. In addition, ShoZu is the only service in its class that can send friends’ photostreams, status changes and social network invites directly to the handset on request, eliminating the need to open a mobile browser or navigate to various sites to find friends’ latest postings or update social profiles on the go.

About NowPublic

NowPublic.com is a crowd-sourced, participatory news network that mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. In its short history, the company has become the largest news organization of its kind with contributing reporters in over 5,500 cities and 160 countries. The Guardian has named NowPublic.com one of the top five most useful news sites on the Web and Time Magazine named it one of the Top 50 Websites for 2007. The company has received funding from Rho Ventures, Rho Canada, Brightspark, GrowthWorks and members of the New York Angels.

About ShoZu

ShoZu is the leading provider of mobile social media services that connect mobile consumers with their online social networks, personal blogs, photo storage sites and other Web 2.0 properties from the handset. The company’s patented technology provides fast, easy, one-click uploads of photos and video clips from the mobile to the Web, full-resolution photo and video delivery without compression, an emerging suite of services that push content to the phone, the ability to work in the background even if a connection is dropped, and other unique features that simplify and enhance the user experience, plus a mobile advertising service that provides non-intrusive and behaviorally targeted ad delivery. The multi-award winning company was founded in 2000 and has formed partnerships with some of the leading players in the mobile ecosystem, including Motorola and Samsung. For more information, visit www.ShoZu.com/AboutUs.

Contacts: For NowPublic.com: For ShoZu: Chris Macowski Heather Kelly The Morris + King Company S&S Public Relations 212-561-7459 719-634-8274 chris.macowski@morris-king.com heather@sspr.com Website: http://www.nowpublic.com/
Website: http://www.ShoZu.com/AboutUs/

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