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10. BBC News
An oldie but still a goodie. If you want to learn the latest news, you can alwas get it from BBC News. It has its top three news first, followed by other top stories around the globe, followed by features, sports, place-specific, and field-specific news. Simply the best news website for your mobile! And it helps your mobile for being text-based, as loading and functionality is efficient. BBC News is really a staple for news on-the-go.
Relatively new but making its mark in the Web 2.0 space, Dopplr helps you with your travels through sharing it with your friends and colleagues online. Interestingly, it also tells you if some of your friends are on the same area as where you plan to be, aw if by coincidence. It manages online calendars and your social networks to let you know where everyone you know is. This is a definite must for globetrotters and sightseers alike.
Many of us knows about MySpace, the social network that almost every one around the world is a member of. Handsome and clean as it may seem on your regular desktop browser, mobile MySpace doesn’t look as stylish as its desktop counterpart. Almost typically text-based, mobile MySpace offers menu in an orderly manner, expanding and contracting links much like your regular website sitemap, giving it a very simple look. But don’t get me wrong. MySpace’ simple interface still gets the job done despite the simpleton look.
From the simplistic MySpace, I now give you a somewhat heavy loader for your mobile web surfing: Amazon. But despite taking some time to open the website, Amazon’s main purpose—online purchasing, can really be done in a breeze after logging in. It’s the best mobile web store for impulse buyers and window shoppers alike.
Facebook isn’t another of your mobile social networking sites, as it offers more than any regular social websites can. What sets it apart from others is the options it gives you when using Facebok on-the-go. Mobile Texts utilizes your mobile phones’ sending and receiving capabilities, but I personally think it isn’t as efficient as the other two options. Mobile Upload allows, well, uploading photos and files from your mobile phone straight to your Facebook account. And, lastly, Mobile Web is simply the mobile version of your regular Facebook site. It’s like Facebook compressed into your mobile phone’s screen, but just as functional as your browser version. I think this is the best option of the three as it can be used to check for all updates for utilizing content.
In a simple interface, Yahoo didn’t deny us surfers the full functionality and service that it has been offering us. From Yahoo News, Sports, Weather, to even Mail and Messenger services, it continues to give users the assistance that they have always been known for. Also, its purpose as a search engine is still in the picture. At the expense of an attractive interface, mobile Yahoo still is the same Yahoo that we’ve learned to love.
Unlike Yahoo that gives you everything, mobile Google is in pursuit of giving you your personalized search engine page. Though not as wide-ranging as Yahoo, you are sure that you get in your personalized Google page everything you want, be it news or sports update, minimizing clicks, loading time, and visits to unnecessary pages. Although you can also use bookmarking for other websites, Google stands out as they made the bookmarking function a feature in their mobile version.
Flickr, the online photo management and sharing website, is not what you may call a mobile website. It only shows a few thumbnail photos per search result, and it looks quite monotonous, if you ask me. The reason why it is one of my top mobile websites is because, like Facebook, it has a direct upload capability, from mobile to their server. The reason why it is above Facebook is that it is quite straightforward: one click and you’re there in your destination. No bookmarking or winding menu levels! For a website that manages pictures, Flicker is more than optimized for the mobile phones, if you ask me.
Twitter has already been discussed in “5 Terrific (and Unusual) Twitter Uses” (link: http://www.dailybits.com/5-terrific-twitter-uses/) by fellow writer Luke, and surprisingly, it is one of those growing and top-notching mobile websites in my list. With above par interface to answer its intriguing “What are you doing?” and other questions, Twitter really rocks your mobile web experience, which is why it is my top two on this list. Being innately text-based, Twitter doesn’t have a problem adapting to the small screens of mobile phones, and with a clear layout, reading updates from your friends have never been easier and more fun.
It seems like Google Reader is the talk of the Web 2.0 town! Similar to the Google search engine (which happened to be my top four), it allows you to check your favorites. But this time, the reader allows you to check your RSS feeds! It doesn’t really put a lot of effort in offering you a multitude of services, but with the birth of RSS, your one-stop shop for updated online content, there’s really no need for repetitive checking of your favorite websites elsewhere. Google Reader really focuses on giving you the latest and the most updated, so there’s really no thinking twice with this mobile feed reader.