Mobiles need web love too!

by Lee Hopkins on July 31, 2007 · 2 comments

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One of the delights of this new media-with-everything world is that I can connect with the world just about anywhere, anytime.

My beloved Dell X51 pda has now given way to my Hiptop3 and I’m delighted to be carrying one less piece of tech with me wherever I go. But my frustration with web developers (or rather their corporate paymasters) remains.

If you have ever tried connecting to a website, especially the new popular sites like Facebook, you will be frustrated*. Try connecting to your bank. Try connecting to your favourite news site, or a website with information about your pets or hobbies.

Chances are you will have to either scroll endlessly down to reach your desired information, or else you cannot access the data chunks you want at all. Of course, their pages are full of extraneous scripts that take forever to download and don’t always work with wap.

Here’s my latest ‘hit’ list of sites I visit regularly that are annoying me intensely by not having a wap-friendly interface:

  • SpamArrest
  • MyRagan
  • CommunicatorsNetwork

Cellphone/mobile phone access is essential for busy business travellers who don’t want to crank up the noisy notebook to check their webmail and catch up with their social networks at their favourite websites.

Websites for notebooks, laptops and desktops are full of colour, vim and vigour. They are regularly updated and obviously loved by their creators.

Come on, senior managers — mobile phones need web love too!

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* at least Facebook now has a mobile plugin app that really does work!

 

  • http://www.myragan.com/ Michael Sebastian

    Lee,

    I checked with the IT guys at Ragan about making MyRagan WAP-friendly. Your post was the first I’d heard of it, so I was curious. In brief, I was told Wireless Application Protocol is on the longer term list of things to do with MyRagan. Bare with us …

    best,
    Michael Sebastian
    MyRagan managing editor

  • http://www.myragan.com Michael Sebastian

    Lee,

    I checked with the IT guys at Ragan about making MyRagan WAP-friendly. Your post was the first I’d heard of it, so I was curious. In brief, I was told Wireless Application Protocol is on the longer term list of things to do with MyRagan. Bare with us …

    best,
    Michael Sebastian
    MyRagan managing editor

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