Romney to Announce VP Pick Via App

App can gather info on his supporters

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 31, 2012 8:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Want to be the first to know Mitt Romney's running mate? There's an app for that. The Romney campaign has released a new "Mitt's VP" app, which it's billing as a way to "be the first to know the second member of America’s Comeback Team.” Users of the app, which is available for iPhone and Android, will get an "instantaneous alert" when Romney announces his decision, the Hill reports.

Users will also be able to share the news to their social network of choice, and buy Romney campaign merchandise. The Hill sees the move as the evolution of Barack Obama's strategy of texting his VP pick to supporters. That initiative gave Obama a trove of valuable phone numbers, but Romney's app could potentially collect much more data on users. On startup, for example, it asks permission to access location data.

A member of the audience uses a mobile phone to record an image of himself with Mitt Romney, right, at the conclusion of a campaign event at an oil company in Milwaukee, April 2, 2012.
A member of the audience uses a mobile phone to record an image of himself with Mitt Romney, right, at the conclusion of a campaign event at an oil company in Milwaukee, April 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Mitt Romney, left, takes a photograph on his mobile phone with his wife Ann during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, July 27, 2012, in London.
Mitt Romney, left, takes a photograph on his mobile phone with his wife Ann during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, July 27, 2012, in London.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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