Five ways to think mobile first (notes for OpenGov... →
Post by Amy Gahran for a recent event that brought together community news publishers and technologists in Philadelphia. Main point: consider mobile your primary use case going forward.
Not all engagement is rooted in participation. Simple relationship building out...– Engaging Matters | Engagement via Participation
Flickr geofences, a newly added precautionary and practical feature that allows...– Location & Privacy: Why Flickr’s New Feature May Change Photo Sharing
Mobile Apps Take Data Without Permission -... →
When using mobile apps, pay attention to which of your data they try to access and how they want ot use it. Maintain control over your contacts, etc.
AddThis - Labs →
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...
Myxer BoomBox Report Reveals Findings on... →
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...
The Face of Black Men (Submit photos of & a... →
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...
Mobile technology’s biggest contribution may be its capacity to extend the reach...– How Mobile Technology is Reshaping Events
When you give up on calling and just send send a text, you become part of what I...– Cell phones make us an async nation | SmartPlanet
The battle for online news will be won on mobility. We’re just at the beginning...– Tear down this PDF | Monday Note
Half (51%) of mobile local news consumers report using six or more...– Mobile users are plugged into their communities in special ways | Pew Internet & American Life Project
Mobile Web Traffic Up 35% in Under a Year; PC Web... →
Useful comparison of PC vs. mobile web traffic. 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,...
Dialysis Facility Tracker - ProPublica →
Great example of a useful web app that extends the life and relevance of data-focused investigative reporting.
Quick survey for local mobile market research |... →
Amy Gahran’s stripped-down survey to gather enough information about how your community uses mobile in order to target your experiments and offerings.
Creating a Brand Channel - YouTube Help →
If you want to post video content, easiest and best solution to give it maximum exposure is to create a YouTube Brand channel. YouTube is the most mobile-friendly video service, and it gets great service visibility. (It *is* owned by Google, after all.) YouTube is reorganizing its whole mobile strategy to promote channels and give them lots of visibility. That’s how they increase time...
Helios Calendar →
Community or event calendars are VERY popular with mobile users, but most online calendars are not very friendly to the mobile web. This is reasonably priced software to create a very mobile-friendly public calendar. You have to install and configure the software on your server. License: $149/year. But if you drive enough mobile traffic to your site, advertisers, or partners, that could more than...
Mofuse | Mobile Content Management System | Mobile... →
Recommended tool to create a mobile-friendly version of an existing site, complete with functions to automatically redirect mobile visitors to this version of your site. Shovelware, but good shovelware. Not free, but fairly reasonably priced. $7.95/month for one build-it-yourself site up to 1500 visitors/month, up to $199/month for 1.5 million visitors/month. If your want them to build it for...
A Book Apart, Mobile First →
The best book on understanding mobile web design: what works, and how to do it. Mainly intended for online services or e-commerce, but lessons apply to any site
comScore Reports March 2012 U.S. Mobile Subscriber... →
Every month, comScore reports on the major U.S. smartphone penetration picture: how many cell phones in use are smartphones, which platforms are popular, etc. The latest numbers are from March 2012. Current 45% of U.S. handsets in use are smartphones. But 12% of these are BlackBerries, many of which are pretty clunky.