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Old 19th April 2008, 03:43 PM
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And just for the Record

One more thing RD was right about!

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news...yid=single10756

15.04.2008 - The mobile web is “limited at best and dying at worst” said former Yahoo! Mobile evangelist and programmer Russell Beattie as he shut down his mobile browser start-up Mowser barely a year after its launch.
“I don’t actually believe in the mobile web anymore,” said Beattie in a post on his official blog, explaining how he has come to believe that a web experience developed solely for the mobile handset is just not a concept that is taking off.

“Two years ago I was convinced the mobile web would continue to evolve in the west to mimic what was happening in countries like Japan and Korea, but it hasn’t happened, and now I’m sure it isn’t going to.”

Although there are around three billion mobile phones in use worldwide, Beattie claims the argument that this is tilting the online market in favour of the handset over the PC is simply not true because the current browser experience on a handset is not full enough, unless you are using a device like the iPhone or Nokia N95.

“Let’s face it, you really aren’t going to spend any real time or effort browsing the web on your mobile phone unless you’re using Opera Mini or have a smart phone with a decent browser – as any other option is a waste of time, effort and money,” he said.

Mowser was developed by Beattie as a service that takes regular websites developed for a standard PC or Mac browser and optimises or converts them for a mobile experience.

Theoretically, this gave Mowser an unlimited market but Beattie said analysis of the traffic passing though his site showed around 80pc was related to porn with an absence of a general market.

“Let me say that again clearly, the mobile traffic just isn’t there. It’s not there now, and it won’t be,” he said with an air of finality on his blog.

The solution, said Beattie, is the smart phone. Statistics may support this conclusion: a recent survey by US tech trends firm iSuppli showed that US consumers spend on average 12.1pc of their time using the iPhone for the mobile web, while users of other mobile handsets only use the net on their handsets 2.4pc of the time.
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Have to agree. I have almost liquidated all of the .mobi domains I had. I still have a couple 3 characters and some N-N's. The last 3 character mobi domain that I sold on Sedo only went for a meager $60 bucks at auction.
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Have to agree. I have almost liquidated all of the .mobi domains I had. I still have a couple 3 characters and some N-N's. The last 3 character mobi domain that I sold on Sedo only went for a meager $60 bucks at auction.

At least you made a profit. Many folks won't even break even.

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At least you made a profit. Many folks won't even break even.

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even in a HYIP, which usually barely last more than a year, most people make money, it's the last few that are stuck.
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Re: And just for the Record

I wonder if mobile internet does so well in Japan and Korea because their written language is more compact than most others, and thus they can actually fit meaningful content onto a smaller screen?

"analysis of the traffic passing though his site showed around 80pc was related to porn"

No shit, Sherlock?
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I wonder if mobile internet does so well in Japan and Korea because their written language is more compact than most others, and thus they can actually fit meaningful content onto a smaller screen?

"analysis of the traffic passing though his site showed around 80pc was related to porn"

No shit, Sherlock?

do u have the habit of reading porn on the train?
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do u have the habit of reading porn on the train?
Haha, who the hell reads porn?

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Well, mobile email and internet in Japan was a few years ahead of the West. The big metropolitan areas, especially Tokyo have such population density that it's easier to roll out and upgrade network tech more quickly. (Compared to rolling out universal access of anything across the US.) I think they also have more government subsidies to push the technology forward.

In my experience, a lot of people had email on their phones long before they owned PCs or laptops. Japanese also spend a lot less time at home and more time out and on the go. So, they naturally got used to mobile email, texting and browsers years before that wave (email/texting) hit the US. I don't know how it compared to Europe.
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Well, mobile email and internet in Japan was a few years ahead of the West. The big metropolitan areas, especially Tokyo have such population density that it's easier to roll out and upgrade network tech more quickly. (Compared to rolling out universal access of anything across the US.) I think they also have more government subsidies to push the technology forward.

In my experience, a lot of people had email on their phones long before they owned PCs or laptops. Japanese also spend a lot less time at home and more time out and on the go. So, they naturally got used to mobile email, texting and browsers years before that wave (email/texting) hit the US. I don't know how it compared to Europe.
Yes, and this behaviour will be ingrained to some extent, but not as part and parcel of the Dot Mobi experience. The Japanese more than anyone will understand why dot Mobi is a bust!
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