MEDINA — Thanks to an iPhone application developed by a Medina County Career Center senior, iPhone users with a Twitter account can hear their tweets.
Cody Krieger, 17, a student in the software engineering program at MCCC, developed the application, or app, called “Tweet and Speak.”
Twitter is an online social media Web site that allows users to post sentences using 140 characters or less. People can “follow” other Twitter users and have others’ posts (“tweets”) sent to their cell phones via text messages.
Krieger’s program uses a male voice to read Twitter updates through the phone’s speakers to those who buy his iPhone app.
The app costs $1.99 and is available from Apple’s App Store.
“It was fun. It was a good learning experience because it was my first time creating an app,” Krieger said.
Krieger, who works at Chad Allan Consulting LLC in Medina, spends three or four hours after school designing Web sites for various companies.
Krieger said he was excited when his employers approached him about creating the iPhone app.
Although it is registered under his employers’ names, Krieger will receive a commission from his product’s sales.
Krieger said he launched the app almost two months ago.
“Within the first couple of days, 10 people bought it,” he said, which he said is a good sign in an industry where his app is competing against thousands of others.
After getting feedback from Tweet and Speak users, Krieger said he hopes to update some of his app’s features, such as allowing users to customize the voice that reads the tweets.
“We’re going to be adding extra features to make it on-par with other apps in the app store,” Krieger said.
After applying to Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — his top choice for college — Krieger said he thinks creating apps in his spare time will be a way to “keep the cash flow going” while in school.
“There are people who’ve made hundreds of thousands (of dollars) off of apps,” Krieger said. “So maybe, someday,” he said about the possibility of making the next popular app.
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