“The [mobile] Web provides the broadest reach and the least path of resistance for consumers to engage directly with brands.”
Mobile data revenue will overtake voice revenue globally by 2018, according to a report released today by the mobile operators industry group GSMA.
Foursquare has unveiled a “share” button on its venue pages that allow users of the location-based social network to share its content with mobile users who don’t have the Foursquare app installed.
Wikipedia is rolling out improvements to its mobile UX this week, updating its navigation system and visual tweaks, including a new font, aimed at increasing the readability of articles.
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Government Advises Americans to Create ‘Social Media Wills’ (New York Daily News) If you haven’t thought about what will happen to your Facebook account when you die, the government suggests you get started. Creating a “social media will” is now one of the government’s official personal finance recommendations, listed on USA.gov along with advice on home ownership and money management. USA.gov Like with a traditional will, you’ll need to appoint someone you trust as an online executor. This person will be responsible for closing your email addresses, social media profiles, and blogs after you are deceased. The Atlantic Sounds good, but legally it’s tricky territory. As Naomi Cahn, a professor of law at George Washington University, explained, “Formal wills become public. So you need to be careful what you put in a will, because anyone in the world could have access to it.” Read more
Facebook introduced two new privacy and security features that can be accessed from its mobile friendly website (m.facebook.com).
1. Mobile Social Reporting
2. Mobile Password Reset
The mobile password reset looks straight-forward enough. The person who cannot remember his or her Facebook password provides one of these pieces of information to get a link to recover a password: Email address, phone number, Facebook username, your name or a friend’s name. It is not clear what happens with the latter two options.
The Mobile Social Reporting option deals with requests to remove photos or posts about the person reporting the issue. Facebook does not get directly involved in the dispute. Its tools merely sends the request to the person who posted the offending item. Facebook claims that almost 70% of disputes have been resolved using the tool. Hoewver, it does not say what happens to the 30% of cases that are not resolved after the request is made.
Via All Facebook: Reset Facebook Passwords From Your Mobile Device
Bus systems are often great mass transit systems. However, anyone who has ever had the experience of standing around waiting for a bus that is behind schedule knows that awful feeling of wondering where it is and what to do next if it does not arrive. Google is trying to remove that anxiety by letting you know when a bus will actually arrive at your stop.
This Live Transit Updates is available in six cities: Four in the U.S. and two in Europe.
- Portland, Oregon
- San Diego
- San Francisco
Live Transit Updates is available in the Google Maps for Android app (Android 1.6 or newer) as well as Google Maps for supported mobile browsers.
If you use the Facebook for iOS (iPhone/iPad) app and then use the Facebook for Android app, you’ll notice a number of differences that adds up to a very different look and feel. For example, Facebook for Android displays recently shared photos in between the main menu of icons at the top and the small notifications bar at the bottom. Facebook for iOS does not show any photos in this view. Similarly, up to now, there were two distinct and separately maintained mobile web friendly Facebook.com pages. One was tweaked for smartphones with touch screens and the other for the simpler but more numerous (for now) feature phones. Facebook merged the two sites into a single site to reduce maintenance issues and provide a more consistent experiences for users regardless of what kind of phone they use. You can see how the current Facebook looks on my Android powered Motorola Droid in the screenshot to the left.