Tag Archives: Web 2.0

Mobile Friendly Web Sites

If you use a mobile device to surf the web one thing you realize is that having a mobile version of any site can be very helpful, especially with the volume of mobile internet viewing increasing daily.

It is a little ironic that we have gone almost full circle on web design. We started with very text intensive low graphics back in the early 90′ to where the average viewer is now using a minimum of 1024×768 resolution with JavaScript capabilities and a wide range of Web 2.0 functions. And now we need a knocked down version for mobile users.

A lot of the new mobile devices can handle the high resolution sites, but with such a small screen it is still hard to navigate and read. This is where a mobile friendly web site can really open up your site for everyone regardless of their internet interface.

Here is a very simple solution.

While using Google Reader’s mobile version I realized any blog or web site can easily have a mobile version utilizing Google Reader. All that is required is to append your feed URL to the end of this URL from Google Reader.

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/[your feed]

Example :

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/http://www.cybercoder.net/feed/

To take this one step further you can use a sub domain from your site to create an independent mobile version.

Every hosting package is a little different and the setup for this depends on your hosting. I am using an htaccess file that handles the redirect. Check with your hosting system to find the best way to redirect your subdomain and you can instantly have separate mobile friendly web site.

Digsby

I learned about Digsby on my Twitter account from KIntheHouse over at ShanKri-la.

I am not going to do a full review since K did such a great job reviewing it for us. But I will say, so far I am very impressed. I downloaded and installed Digsby and had it up and running in just a few minutes. The biggest feature for me is the ability to see, read and mark my email without loading the Gmail web page, now that is a big time saver.

Make sure to check out K’s full review of Digsby and give Digsby a try!

Google Voice Local Search

Google has released their voice local search called Goog-411, and it works great !

There has been some mention of this in the past, but this appears to be the first “experimental” release.

I tried it immediately and was very impressed with the interface and response.

And it’s free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings. Source : Google Voice Local Search