Dial "m" for mobile

I really like what Gannett is doing with its online properties in the launch of 100 mobile sites. I especially like the identifier “m” used in front of the domain name as a way of finding the sites. It’s such a good idea that I hope others pick it up.

Basically, they’re creating subdomains using the letter “m” as a way of linking into content that’s been streamlined for mobile use. For example, USATODAY’s mobile URL is http://m.usatoday.com. How simple is that? I tried it, and it delivers as advertised.

The mobile web needs some form of standardization, and I think this is a good first step. Kudos to Gannett.

Comments

  1. That is excellent. I use a Nokia 770 for a lot of my online reading and this makes it very simple to remember.

    Standardization is always tough, especially in the beginning. By the time you realize you need standards, there are already 10 ways to do things.

  2. This is great…I love being able to access my favorite sites in mobile format on my Palm Treo.

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  1. […] So I was very happy to read this tidbit from Terry Heaton: Basically, they’re creating subdomains using the letter “m” as a way of linking into content that’s been streamlined for mobile use. For example, USATODAY’s mobile URL is http://m.usatoday.com. How simple is that? I tried it, and it delivers as advertised. […]

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