The relevance of World Wide Web or rather the Mobile Web
I know, there are thousands of articles on this topic around the blogosphere. Infact my inspiration for this article comes from ScriptingNews.com by Dave Winer but not a single word is copied and pasted here from any article or site.
Infact I never ever quote anything from any site also and put inferences/ references like some do.
These are based on my experiences. Purely mine, no readers’ or public in general.
Phew, that was some disclaimer. Lol!
Ok, coming back, we have seen a surge of apps on many platforms. Again to remind you if it already hasn’t been hammered to your head, I use S60 OS based phone! :p
I hardly have any apps save few which are must haves for me. Gravity, Profimail, Qik, Endomondo, SPB Wallet, Quickexpense, NGPay. Recently I have started using Mobile Documents and loving it!
Rest all, I do through mobile web. Be it going to mahadiscom.in to pay my electricity bills, m.espncricinfo.com to get the latest score, m.facebook.com, m.flickr.com, some blogsites which I read.
Everything is web for me. I get my work done through web. I haven’t used iPhone or an Android and don’t know the relevancy of apps in making web redundant but I would like to believe, if you have an app for everything, you would probably use the internet but not the web.
But for me and many others, mobile web has just started! Ok, I have been using web for 5 years or so but most of the consumers (especially in India) have just started using web on phone. Opera’s internet data is a fantastic reference point. It says, mobile internet has penetrated 20% of the user base in India. That just signals the advent of Mobile Web. And it opens a plethora of opportunities for companies. Mobile Ads for one. Every time, I click on scorecard on m.espncricinfo.com, it opens the ad with the option to skip. More often than not I skip but come to think of it, I remember having seen ads of Nokia E7, LG Air Conditioners in past 7 days. Can you remember what ads were played during the last night’s episode of Laagi Tujhse Lagan? 😉
I love mobile web and do not regret having apps for things I can do with it. Just that, it takes probably 15-20 seconds longer than the execution of task through apps. Fine. So be it.
The world is moving towards apps but for the time being, Mobile Web is here to stay and stay well. Then again, atleast for me!! 🙂