Monday, January 02, 2006

Mobilizing/WAPing my blog

Here’s what I did as a permanent solution:

These tools seem to work better to actually use on a WAP device and can be used by readers on the WAP side to view feeds or sites and/or authors on the non-WAP side to create WAP-compatible site/feed links:

  • RSS2WAP.com.  Didn’t work with my Feedburner feed, but worked with my Feedster feed.
  • PHONifier.  That worked — here’s the link.  This is mobilizing my site, not my feed
  • Skweezer.  That worked too — here’s the link.  This is mobilizing my main site, not my feed.
  • IYHY.  Looked the best of a;; those above, but mobilizes the site, not the feed — here’s the link.

These tools allow the reader to easily mobilize someone else’s feeds:

  • Lifefeeds.  Works much like Bloglines Mobile (see below), but requires the install of a Lifefeeds Reader — lots of platforms supported, including Blackberry.  I’m not a big fan of having to install an application.
  • Bloglines Mobile.  Probably the best way to view feeds regardless of feed type; everything I read on my computer I can read on my mobile — I can even designate certain feeds not to appear on my mobile.  Doesn’t solve for mobilizing non-feed sites, and may not be the best option if you don’t use Bloglines, but I like it.  I’m sure Bloglines competitors have similar offerings.

One tool that seems cool, but I don’t have a phone it works with:

  • Semacode.  Essentially I can make a barcode that links to my Winksite that someone with a cell phone with a camera (that happens to be on the very limited list of supported phones) and Semacode software can take a picture of and link through to the WAP site.  This seems like a really cool thing, especially to put on a business card, but I don’t think adoption and compatibility are high enough to justify its use.

Hey Scoble, I read your 2006 wish!  Are these enough ways to get my site on you mobile?

Hat tip to Steve Rubel for some of the links.

2 comments:

Kevin Perkins said...

Skweezer transcodes RSS by default. Just plug in the URI to your feed.

Igor Faletski said...

Also make sure to add mobifying your site to this list: http://mobify.me