Tuesday, July 12, 2005

.mobi gets approved

I read this news off my agregator from different sources such as Russell's blog, Gizmodo, and Engadget. I just wanted to quickly go over what i think its going to happen.

Some experts say that the approval fot his TLD (Top Level Domain) will increase participation and spur innovation in the mobile web field. Sites will now be specific to the mobile web, formatted accordingly with content and services that are relevant to the mobile user. Carriers and MVNOs will be all over the place creating sites specific to their customers and will allow independent software companies to also target this highly wanted demographic. Why is it so highly wanted? Because at this time in the US only few people are able to afford phones that are enabled for the web, and also few users do actaully use the mobile web capabilities and services curent on offer. These people that are at the top of the technology wave are big spenders, they have no problem spending money on new gadgets and new services that improves their lifestyle and increases their ROI on their current gadgets. Everyone wants to market this group of people and as they do and the market increases, the market will be growing right along; perhaps making hardware more accessible and lowering the cost of getting involved in the mobile web.
Now, this is what everyone thinks the future will be and i couldnt agree more; however i dont agree with the need of a TLD to be able to accomplish this.

In think all that has been sai is great and agre 100% but i really dislike the idea of a alternative web only for mobile users. First i think that the beauty of the web and the beauty of mobile gadgets is that i can access every piece of information available from wherever i am. Creating an alternative or mobile only web will generate difficulties for content providers in the www, now they will have to maintain 2 sites with the same data so its accessible from anywhere. I fear .mobi sites will format their content to work on mobile browsers and will become unusable for pc users; furthermore i fear that because of this trend, new mobile browsers will stop supporting regular site formats.

Finally, i think the development of the mobile web depends on how many people are inclined into actually using .mobi for their business, we know this idea has already failed in different fields such as .tv, .biz, and the new .xxx does not seem to have much force either. I interested to see how this develops; i am not 100 % against it but i am just afraid of the consequences. Hopefully i am wrong and we can have a great network of information at our fingertips without having to compromise or lose some of the accesibility we already have.

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