Traffic from mobile devices is growing at an astounding rate — by some estimates, mobile visits now account for fully 20 percent of Web traffic. Every measure of mobile growth borders on exponential: Cisco estimates that global mobile data traffic will increase 18 times over between 2011 and 2016, the amount of mobile data consumed will go up 17-fold in the same time frame; mobile video will account for 70 percent of mobile traffic by 2016, 25 times more than in 2011. Global mobile data traffic more than doubled in 2011, for the fourth year in a row.
Updated: Apparently The Boston Globe didn’t get the memo that it’s an app-only world when it comes to mobile. According to VP of digital products Jeff Moriarty, the Globe’s website, Bostonglobe.com, is doing quite well on mobile with more than 30 percent of visitors coming to the site through a phone or tablet browser. In fact, at a panel at the paidContent 2012 conference, digital publishers challenged the mythos that native apps provide a superior mobile experience than HTML5.
“We’re not building a video game here,” Moriarty said. “It’s news, photos and text.”
Beyond its ubiquity across demographics, mobile is far from a watered-down, off-brand internet experience. Mobile’s convenience and location awareness have led successful startups from Twitter to Foursquare to Instagram to embrace the philosophy of mobile first, desktop second. Of the 42 companies in the latest cohort of leading seed-stage startup fund Y Combinator, a full third of them are mobile-first or mobile-only.
All this points to mobile as a first-class channel for connecting citizens to their local governments and to each other. The digital divide isn’t merely a binary chasm. It’s a divide of convenience, attention span, and logistics. Seen this way, the digital divide is, yes, an ongoing problem — but also an opportunity. By building mobile tools for civic participation, we can not only make government more accessible to those who don’t have internet access at home, we can lower barriers to civic participation for all.
“This means it’s becoming not just common, but normal for people to use their cell phones, tablets, and e-readers to do anything that can be done over the internet — search and browse the web, take an online class, send and receive e-mail, use social media, buy stuff, collaborate on documents or projects, stream video and audio, access services (everything from TurboTax and Dropbox to Social Security or your health insurance provider), use instant messaging or video chat, and more.”—
“Not all engagement is rooted in participation. Simple relationship building out of which programming decisions (based on an understanding of the community) come can yield engaged spectating. But participation is a powerful means of nurturing or fostering engagement.”—Engaging Matters | Engagement via Participation
Flickr geofences, a newly added precautionary and practical feature that allows users to map out zones and set distinct location sharing settings for those areas.
Here’s why it matters: Fluffy the cat is being extra cute today. You snap a photo of Fluffy with your smartphone and share it on the web. The photo of Fluffy, depending on your default settings, could carry with it metadata that exposes your home address.
Now you have a potential privacy kerfuffle on your hands. Should you opt to set up a geofence on Flickr with a 250-meter radius surrounding your home, however, you could specify that only a certain group of people — family members, for instance — would be able to see the whereabouts of those cute cat photos you post today, tomorrow or at any other time in the future (and even the ones you posted in the past).
But, as Flickr frontend engineer Trevor Hartsell explains in an interview with Mashable, geofences “are an entirely new concept for most Flickr users,” as most don’t realize that “where a photo is taken could have a secondary effect.”
Our Android app makes it easy to share URLs from your Android phone to any of your favorite sites, without having to install apps for each one. Using AddThis for Android is easy: just install the app, long-press any link in your browser and touch “Share Page”. That’s it! The AddThis sharing menu will help you post your URL to any of over 300 bookmarking and sharing services we support.
Not surprisingly, when asked how they share images, video and music, users indicated Facebook was the dominant platform. When it comes to sharing from a computer, 58% use Facebook for sharing images and video, as compared to 42% who use Facebook to share from mobile devices. SMS was the second most popular platform for mobile sharing with 37% of users. On computers, email was second with 17% of respondents using it for sharing images and video.
Crowdsourcing photo project using Tumblr as a mobile-friendly platform.
Beyond the media myths - a look at the everyday lives of black men. Somewhere between the inaccurate and distorted media images of the black male super predator and the black male superhero, live the majority of black men. They are fathers, brothers, doctors, bloggers, editors, school teachers, accountants and more. Please join us in creating a powerful visual that will remind the world of the countless African American boys and men who are working to make this world a better place. Submit pictures and a brief description of the boys, men and male-identified folks in your life.
If you have a suitable photo of a black man on your phone or computer, feel free to contribute it to this project, with a caption. Read the guidelines. Submissions are moderated before the editor publishes them
“Mobile technology’s biggest contribution may be its capacity to extend the reach of events by creating a persistent community platform. Social media groups on Facebook and LinkedIn are pulled together to create discussion. Twitter conversations are marshaled to aggregate relevant tweet subjects. Invitations to new events are delivered through push notifications and registration becomes a one-click process, ensuring that organizers maximize repeat attendance. Additionally, continuing education credits can be tracked and organizers are able to create progressive profiles based on attendee behavior, delivering meaningful data about their audience to their organization.”—How Mobile Technology is Reshaping Events
When you give up on calling and just send send a text, you become part of what I call the Asynchronous Nation.
There is nothing inherently wrong with asynchronicity. It’s just very different. It’s the biggest change in human, electronic communication since the phone replaced the telegram, since synchronicity began in other words, over a century ago.
Personally I don’t mind. I’m more productive when communication occurs on my schedule.
The battle for online news will be won on mobility. We’re just at the beginning of the smartphone era. We can count on better screens, faster processors combined to extended battery life, more storage, better networks… The bulk of news consumption will come from people on the move, demanding constant updates and taking a quick glance at what is stored in their mobile device — regardless of networks conditions. Speed, lightness and versatility will be key success factors. There won’t be much tolerance for latency.
Web traffic from mobile devices sees a sharp drop off overnight, and then gradually grows over waking hours in the USA, finally peaking at the end of the EST day, generally around 8-10pm.
Computer based web usage plays a distinct counterpart to its mobile partner — maxing out in an almost opposite time frame in the early hours of the morning, and at the most extreme making up almost 95% of all web use.