Webometric Thoughts

December 3, 2008

Mobile Web brings back dial-up memories

Filed under: mobile web — admin @ 3:39 pm

I have just finished reading comScore’s “First Whitepaper Examining PC and Mobile Internet Usage in the U.K.“. Whilst most of the findings were unsurprising (i.e., mobile internet use rising fast), the top 10 domains accessed by U.K. Smartphone users reminded me of using dial-up connections many years ago: when the floppy disk arrived from your ISP and you generally kept (at least at first) whatever homepage the ISP had designated. Three of the top ten domains accessed by UK smartphone users are network providers:

Are network providers really the best providers of a mobile start page? Or are users just too lazy/ignorant to change their homepage?

I have moved away from the ISP designated homepage onto the next stage of homepage evolution(last seen on the web circa 1998): your own badly designed html page of links. True to the tradition of designing your own links page, mine is in badly in need of updating.

January 24, 2008

All YouTube content now mobile: Please use headphones

Filed under: YouTube,mobile web — admin @ 9:58 am

Search Engine Journal are pointing out that all YouTube content is now available on 3G smart phones…about bloody time. The YouTube mobile site has been available for ages, http://m.youtube.com/ but has until now had a VERY limited amount of content.

Whilst the content has been available through unofficial applications for some phones (e.g., emTube), for some reason I could only get them to work with wi-fi rather than 3G, which didn’t really utilise the mobile aspect of the phone.

My only concern with YouTube mobile is the inevitable increase in people having noisy gadgets in public places. I’m sure that video of the baby laughing, or someone falling over is hilarious, but I really don’t want to hear it. If you don’t already have them, PLEASE BUY SOME HEADPHONES!!

November 28, 2007

Are Mashable’s standards slipping?

Filed under: Kevin Rose,Mashable,mobile web — admin @ 11:30 am

I have subscribed to the Mashable feed for quite a while now, but lately I feel as though there has been a downturn in the quality of the posts. Surely today’s “Kevin Rose: Mobile Web is the Next Big Thing” is a particularly low point. If someone had said that mobile web would be the next big thing in the pre-WAP days it would have been a novel proposition worthy of note, but now?

The mobile web has finally reached user’s expectations, and as such it seems a bit late to describe it as the ‘next big thing’. My hope for the mobile web is that there will be a new group of innovators that will be wise enough to ignore their own press. The factor that differentiates between the most successful and the rest of us is less to do with ability and more to do with, for want of a better term, luck.

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