We use the online discussion platform Discourse for communicating about a lot of internal topics. It’s a well-designed, modern forum, message board, and chat room, all in one, and we find it a valuable companion to email as a tool for gathering and disseminating information. But workdays get busy and people don’t always have time to use it. Instead, a lot of us wanted to be able to check in on Discourse and participate in its conversations during our commutes. When we realized there wasn’t a mobile app, we decided to build one.
The DisGo mobile app has all the functionality of the web version, including the ability to post, view, and respond to topics; bookmark and like topics and replies; and send private messages. The app is also more streamlined and intuitive than the responsive web interface, and it lets you manage multiple accounts, so it’s easier to continue conversations across all of your feeds when you’re not in the office or in front of your computer.
We hacked the Discourse API and went through several rounds of design for the app, and got good, critical feedback from Discourse users that helped us fix bugs and make it better.
The app is currently free, and that was the intention. We’ve discussed open source and monetization, but the main focus was to build something cool to contribute to the Discourse community. Give it a try—if you have feedback, we’d love it if you’d leave it in the comments here or write a review at the app store. We’ll continue to keep listening to users and improving the app.
The DisGo mobile app is available in the App Store, and is compatible for iOS with your iPhone, iPad, or iPhone Touch.